Arab nations believe the Obama victory represents a new opportunity for peace in the Middle East and resolution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. However, Newspaper editor, Mohammad Al-Rumaihi, raised a point of concern stemming from Obama’s family connections with the Muslim religion. He fears since Obama’s father comes from a Muslim background the new president might lean over backward to support the Israel position. Other Arab leaders such as Dr.Rola Dshti emphasized the region is confident Obama’s election makes the concept of democracy even more important among Arab nations which frequently lack a democratic society.
There is a sense among many Arabs that Obama’s connection to Muslims somehow will impact his attitude toward the Middle East. We suspect most Arabs really don’t grasp the broad world perspective of Obama and his desire to work at problem solving regardless of who is involved in a problem.