Under which bush will Israel officials find the real message that President Bush conveys about his policy toward Iran? The American under secretary of state in charge of terrorism, Stuart Levey, brought a message his government did not wish to engage in any talks with Iranian officials, but a State Department official told the Jerusalem Post, in respect toward policy with Iran, “we are looking at ways to make reaching out to the Iranian people easier.” Does this mean Bush is open to discussions with Iran or does it mean he will not engage in dialogue with those who support terrorist groups? According to the Jerusalem Post, “this dual message has confused (Israel) officials” leaving them wondering which Bush is speaking.
Barack Obama during his campaign made clear he is ready to engage in discussions with Iranian officials, with or without approval of Israel. All signs point to a new configuration in the Middle East and the beginning of new participants in any dialogues.