President Obama's visit to
Many observers maintain that this speech was one of President Obama's greatest speeches to date. He made many generalizations but no policy announcements. However, he was clear on two issues:
1. Settlements in the occupied territories must cease.
2. The enlarging of existing settlements under the excuse of" national growth" must end as well.
There was no mention of removing existing settlements on the
Obama is not anti-Israel despite the fact that the right wing in
The Obama Administration made a deeper study of all the peace efforts attempted by previous
While Obama has not formulated any approach towards solving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, there is a hint that he will not let sleeping dogs lie as the previous administrations did. Obama's
The Netanyahu government must take heed of the new
Obama is aware of human rights abuses in the occupied
It is quite possible that Obama will present a peace plan within the next coming months. It will probably begin with a commitment to the two-state solution, withdrawal to the lines of June 1967 before the Six-Day War and total freeze of settlements on the
Another factor is the economic slump in the
There seems to be a strained relationship between Obama and Netanyahu. Both leaders are arrogant and that is as far as their similarity goes. Both are determined to stick to their views which are diametrically opposed.
The only alternative under the present Israeli government is a binational apartheid state which can never be democratic as it means continuing the occupation. The opposition to a two state solution will gain ground in the Palestinian camp for a very different reason. They believe that if the two-state solution is not accepted by