Jan 21 2010
Whaaaaa Whaaaaa Whaaaaa… EGO-MANIAC Obama can’t understand why his smooth-talking charm isn’t working miracles in a conflict that’s been going on for thousands of years.
“Our expectations of Middle East peace progress were too high,” opined Obama.
Getting the Israelis and Palestinians to agree to negotiate, or even to agree to the framework in which negotiations will take place, “is just really hard,” US President Barack Obama said in an interview with Time magazine published Thursday, as the president was completing his first year in office.
An unnamed senior Israeli official was quoted by Channel 10 as saying hours after the interview was published that Israel warned the Americans that their Middle East strategy would not bear fruit.
Obama admitted that the administration “overestimated our ability to persuade [both sides] to [negotiate] when their politics ran contrary to that. Both sides – the Israelis and the Palestinians – have found that the political environment, the nature of their coalitions or the divisions within their societies, were such that it was very hard for them to start engaging in a meaningful conversation,” Obama told the magazine.
The president also chose to emphasize the Palestinians’ angle, where Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has “got Hamas looking over his shoulder and, I think, an environment generally within the Arab world that feels impatient with any process.”
Obama said that Israel, “after a lot of time,” showed willingness to “make some modifications in their policies,” but “still found it very hard to move with any bold gestures.”
In the interview, which covered a vast range of topics from internal issues like health care to foreign policy regarding North Korea, Obama said that if he would have anticipated the issues early on, “we might not have raised expectations as high.” JERUSALEM POST