Four months ago I sat down with Israel's Consul General to the U.S. Roey Gilad for a conversation about the frustrating topic of peace in the Middle East.

This morning, I had a similar conversation with PLO Ambassador Maen Areikat.

Although my suggestions about new homelands in Council Bluffs or the Ozarks may not (yet) be heeded, my attempts at achieving lasting Middle East peace have been just as successful as our presidents' over the years.