Under tiden i Mellanöstern, är Obama ett hinder för freden?

President Obama skulle alltså stifta fred mellan Israel och Palestina. Men som vi vet så har mycket litet hänt efter Obamas historiska tal i Kairo den fjärde juni 2009 Text: Obama’s Speech in Cairo .

Obama har, som Ben Smith skriver i en utomordentligt viktig artikel på bloggen Politico, gjort tabbe efter tabbe som bara en helt oerfaren politiker kan göra. Hans status på den internationella arenan har krympt som en snögubbe i aprilsolen: View from Middle East: President Obama is a problem – Ben Smith – POLITICO.com

Two years later, he has managed to forge surprising unanimity on at least one topic: Barack Obama. A visit here finds both Israelis and Palestinians blame him forthe current stalemate “ just as they blame one another. Instead of becoming a heady triumph of his diplomatic skill and special insight, Obama’s peace process is viewed almost universally in Israel as a mistake-riddled fantasy. And far from becoming the transcendent figure in a centuries-old drama, Obama has become just another frustrated player on a hardened Mideast landscape. The current state of play sums up the problem. Obama’s demand that the Israelis stop building settlements on the West Bank was met, at long last, by a temporary and partial freeze, but its brief renewal is now the subject of intensive negotiations. Meanwhile, Palestinian leaders have refused American demands to hold peace talks with the Israelis before the freeze is extended. Talks with Arab states over gestures intended to build Israeli confidence “ a key part of Obama’s early plan ‘ have long since been scrapped.

Dan Ephron i Newsweek intervjuar Israels Vice Premiärminister Silvan Shalom som lägger all skuld för Obamas misslyckade fredsförsök på Palestinierna: Believe me, we can do it differently, by putting pressure on the Palestinians to resume talks without preconditions. They had 10 months to talk [while Israel froze settlement construction]. They didn’t use those 10 months, they came only in the last month, so it’s their problem.

You belong to a government that has endorsed the idea of a Palestinian state. What’s your view?

I didn’t support this idea, and that’s really not the question. The question is if they are willing to accept the idea that the Jews have a right to their own state.

Dan Ephron skriver i Newsweek om hur religiösa extremister nu infiltrerar den Israeliska armén, något som knappast kommer att göra det enklare för den Israeliska regeringen att kontrollera sina militära styrkor: Are Religious Troops Changing Israel’s Military? – Newsweek

A transformation is sweeping the Israeli military: deeply religious Jews are now filling leadership positions in numbers far exceeding their share of the general population. Given that religious Israelis tend to be more hawkish than most, the trend raises a real question about whether Israel can rely on the Army to implement the toughest parts of any future peace agreement with the Palestinians. … Some defense analysts and former officers worry that the military’s new religiosity could lead to mass insubordination. ‘If soldiers decide they don’t want to participate, that’s one thing, ‘ says Mikhael Manekin, a reserve lieutenant who co-chairs the left-wing group Breaking the Silence. ‘If commanders don’t want to participate, that would be much more worrying. ‘

Joe Klein skriver i Time Magazine om hur oansvarigt Netanyahu-regeringen har agerat, och hur Obama inte har kunnat eller vågat sätta hårt mot hårt: Middle East Pieces – Swampland – TIME.com

… the West Bank government, led by Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad, has been the most responsible and serious in Palestinian history.


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