There is a good post over at The Magnes Zionist on the possible makeup of Obama’s Middle East team — based on the author’s opinion as well as his conversations with people in the president-elect’s inner circle. The post raises an interesting question towards the end: while it is perfectly acceptable for people empathizing with the Israeli point of view to be part of Obama’s team, why is it inconceivable for someone empathizing with the Palestinian point of view?

What I find most interesting is that with Barack Obama, his history, and his ties to people like Rashid al-Khalidi*, these kinds of questions become more plausible.

* They know each other from the time they were both teaching at the University of Chicago.