The failed policies of George Bush in the Middle East are reflected in the importance of President Obama reaching out to engage dissident groups in dialogue. Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal in a televised speech said his group was encouraged by the change in tone of Obama from that of George Bush. He termed it “the first step in the right direction toward a dialogue without conditions and we welcome this.” It is time in the Middle East to engage in discussions without compelling the other side to agree with your desires. The purpose of “negotiation” is for each side to present its ideas and it is during the process of negotiation that hopefully compromise emerges.
Prime Minister Netanyahu wants Palestinians to agree with his demands prior to meeting with them for discussion. Will he agree to all Palestinian demands prior to any discussions?