Obama also made no mention of Saudi Arabia's active support for the crackdown in Bahrain because it was the first instance of the GCC making use of its option to intervene in member countries' conflicts. With Morocco and Jordan in the mix, this ability would be greatly strengthened and make the military option potentially more appealing than negotiations.
Clearing the view, however, doesn't necessarily mean that getting a state will be easy or attainable in the near future.
Obama is trapped in a worldview that has become obsolete. He believes that Israel and the Palestinians must and can reach a final-status agreement that will solve all the issues.
Obama has chosen the summer of 2011, about a year before the election season warms up in 2012, to refresh his national security staff, a move that may have serious repercussions on Israel.
What scared the USSR were the America's secret weapons of mass destruction such as McDonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut, Clint Eastwood and Chuck Berry. I once saw a protester in Europe burning the American flag, and ten minutes later he was having a Big Mac and fries.
The U.S. president has begun his tour of the “Old World” in Ireland, after which he will continue it in the U.K. and round it out in the French town of Deauville, where he will attend the G8 summit. Correspondent Constantine Eggert explains the reasons for Obama’s spontaneous interest in Europe. [Read more]
Secretary Clinton visits Pakistan frequently enough sweeping behind her a train of elegance, smiles and infinite powers of persuasion. But the latest visit in which she was accompanied by Admiral Mullen, the chief of the greatest army of human history, was different.
President Obama said everything except the essential. He said that a Palestinian State should be established according to the 1967 borders, next to an Israeli Jewish state. Ouch! That’s exactly the problem. This would mean that the Palestinians driven out by the Israelis in the course of war are “out.” He [Read more]
The uncertain environment that arose as a sequel to ‘Operation Geronimo’ has compelled Pakistan to launch an aggressive outreach plan for mobilizing alternative contingency sources. China and Russia are particularly alarmed by the renewed American unilateralism.
It has become clear that there is no point in waiting for a neutral American position. The American election campaign will overshadow the issue for two years, as Democratic presidential candidate Obama and the undetermined Republican become exposed to the Israeli “core” in the Netanyahu-led Jewish lobby. Besides [Read more]