In contrast to the Bush Administration, the Obama Administration seems to be bending over backwards to create a new atmosphere for even handedness on Israeli - Palestinian Conflict.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's posturing against the two-state solution is not going to help. In contrast to the Bush Administration indifference towards the conflict, President Obama wishes to improve US relations with the Moslem world. Bush ignored
The Annapolis Conference that President George Bush convened before the end of his presidency was inconclusive and lead to no final decisions about peace.
The Bush Administration was tainted with problems unsolved, much of which was Bush's creation out of his naive approach to the conflict and to the debacles in
It seems as if the superficial understandings reached with the previous Bush Administration will be negated and the marking time on
The government of
President Obama is visiting
According to reports in the various media, Obama intends to persuade the Arab states to give something in return. It is doubtful if much will be achieved on this trip. Another interesting fact about this trip is that
The Israeli Government must realize that they are not the only players in the conflict and that peace between
On June 4th 2009, President Obama delivered a speech at Cairo University. His speech reflected a strong desire to make peace with the Moslem world. It was a speech reflecting a fair assessment of the situation between the
The Netanyahu government was not happy with the speech as Obama had mentioned the uprooting of settlements on the
The content of the speech was balanced and time will tell whether it will have much impact on those to whom it was intended. Perhaps the speech was a bit naive and did show a certain lack of knowledge of the history of the conflict as well as the intense hatred between the two sides.
However, President Obama realizes that the key to peace between the Palestinians and Israelis lies in improved relations with the Arab states and Moslem states. Also Obama stated that the key to a solution to the conflict consists of recognition of
A solution to the conflict is dependent on painful decisions on
It will be in the interests of all the parties concerned to heed Obama’s speech in
42 years of occupation
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