Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Arab perceptions of Obama Netanyahu meeting.

Marc Lynch discusses that the Arab media is reporting on the slight (yet still important) divide between Netanyahu and Obama on Palestinian statehood and settlements. Obama said: state, no settlements, and apparently Netanyahu wouldn't cede on either, and his facial expressions apparently showed his discontent.

This whole Iran - Israel - Palestine thing highlights such a huge difference between the Obama and Bush admins. Bush would have been out there with fiery anti-Iran pro-Israeli security rhetoric, upping the ante, creating himself another war, whereas Obama approaches it logically and rationally; the road to Iran for Israel goes through Palestine, not the other way around:
"If there is a linkage between Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, I personally believe it actually runs the other way.. to the extent that we can make peace... between the Palestinians and the Israelis, then I actually think it strengthens our hand in the international community in dealing with the potential Iranian threat."

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