by Raphael Israeli
President Obama’s adamant insistence to establish two states as the panacea for the Middle Eastern mess, is becoming less and less comprehensible, let alone feasible, despite the oratory that he expends with great rhetorical talent in the Arab world and among his European allies. How does he, how can he, reduce the reality of
In his admirable and courageous effort to strike the balance between Israeli and Arab claims, by making demands on both of them, in spite of the historical inaccuracies and non-sequiturs involved, he has himself negated many of the assumptions he was trying to make. It is no coincidence that he was applauded by the Arabs and Muslims only when he remonstrated against
Obama repeated his commitment to the “unbreakable link” between the
Obama’s admission of the reality of Hamas, which he pledged to back by allowing that organization, branded as a terrorist one, to collect once again in the US their funds under the facades of charities, also implies many other demarches : that it be removed from the list of terrorist organizations, lest Washington find itself supportive of terrorism; that the Hamas government, which was elected legally by the Palestinians, be recognized as their legitimate government, hence the shift of legitimacy from the Palestinian Authority to them; and the possible recognition of Gaza as the legitimate Palestinian state, with whom Israel, the US and all the rest could negotiate the other aspects under dispute. Obama understands that neither he nor
Obama’s quest to waive democracy for the sake of “stability”, will not work, because it cannot work. Many American presidents before him have allied with dictators for the sake of defence partnerships in the era of the Cold War. Came Ronald Reagan, followed by George W. Bush, who perceived that freedom and democracy stood above fake “peace” and fleeting “stability”. They recognized that dictatorships and evil regimes were the engines of terror and oppression in the world, no matter how stable and persistent they were (the Soviets and other Communists, Saddam Hussein, the Islamic revolutions in
Raphael Israeli is a professor of Islamic history at the
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