My mother’s favorite expression in life was, “the truth it is, the truth I got to say.” It was pleasant hearing the President of the United States finally make a similar comment concerning the Middle East. “The status quo is not sustainable” was the essence of his message to nations of the Middle East. Barack Obama is under fire from those who insist he moves too slow and those who insist he moves too quickly in dealing with foreign policy issues. He made clear America’s dislike of Bahrain’s use of brute force to curb demonstrations against the monarchy and its refusal to establish a democratic society. He then went on to once again for the 100th time make certain all Americans understand the US is committed to the safety and security of the nation of Israel. BUT, peace is a two way street and Israel must begin to address issues rather than pretending a policy of “doing nothing” will make the bad man go away.
“The United States believes that negotiation should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan and Egypt, and permanent Israel borders with Palestine. The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1067 lines, with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.” OK, Obama got that off his chest, now comes the tough part, can he make clear to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that a refusal to pursue peace with Palestinians will result in action on the part of the US?? Unless, President Obama ignores Netanyahu threats, ignores Republican efforts to play up to American Jews, and ignores radical Muslims who seek permanent war to peace, this will simply be just one more speech.