Showing posts with label Mahmoud Abbas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mahmoud Abbas. Show all posts

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Hillary's Peace Efforts In The Mideast

Time: Hillary Clinton's Risky Return To Mideast Peace Talks: last March, when she called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to scold him for a perceived slight to Vice President Joe Biden. ..... see her take center stage in this week's meetings relaunching peace talks between Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas...... she also has the ability to talk to these leaders as a significant political figure in her own right and also as a political figure who can appreciate their dilemmas and can help them work through the tough politics on both sides......Netanyahu and Abbas have agreed to meet every two weeks ..... Behind the scenes, Clinton has been preparing for her new role. She ordered a review of all previous U.S. efforts in the peace process, including analyses of what worked and what didn't.... she thinks it's possible
Hillary was a great choice for Secretary Of State. I rooted for her the first chance I got. For someone who almost became president to agree to become Secretary Of State, I appreciated the gesture.

This Mideast permanent mess is one area where she can rely greatly on her husband. Bill Clinton is the last guy who came really, really close to getting it done. If Arafat had settled for a good peace instead of the perfect peace he wanted, it would have been done back in 2000.

The pendulum swung the other way for a decade. Now it is time to get the pendulum swinging our way one more time. It is time to engage, it is time to talk peace.

I don't think there is any debate that a two state solution is where it is at. Even the roadmap is quite obvious. It is the drama of all the intermediate steps that is the challenge.

Could Hillary dance the dance? If she could she will get something Bill Clinton never got, although I can't imagine he did not want to, a Nobel. That guy also wanted Warren Buffett's money.

I am confident she can get it done. For one, she is not starting in the final year of a two term president.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Obama Could Deliver Mideast Peace

Once every few months Obama does something that reminds me all over again as to why I supported this guy so early and so enthusiastically in the first place. This is one of those times.
Barack Obama on brink of deal for Middle East peace talks The Guardian a promise by the US to adopt a much tougher line with Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons programme ..... push the United Nations security council to expand sanctions to include Iran's oil and gas industry, a move that could cripple its economy. ....... Israeli government will be expected to agree to a partial freeze on the construction of settlements ...... The president, who plans to make his announcement flanked by Netanyahu and the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas – plus the leaders of as many Arab states as he can muster – hopes that a final peace agreement can be negotiated within two years ......... A coalition of Arab states, thought to include the Saudis, has been in secret contact with Israel to discuss what they see as a common threat posed by Iran.
Obama did not bargain for the toughest economic crisis in 70 years, but he has not lost his calm once hit. Health care was always going to be his toughest nut to crack, but I am amazed that he is even doing it. Sure he promised to start work on it right away. But he could always have conveniently blamed the economic crisis for the delay. He did not.

Bush and Clinton tried to tackle Mideast peace towards the fag end of their presidencies. Not Obama. Abbas was the first foreign leader he called as president. I took note and decided this guy was serious about peace in that least peaceful part of the planet.

This guy could deliver Mideast peace. This guy could deliver health care. Both are harder than walking on water that he gets accused of.

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