Saturday, March 23, 2013

Palestinians fed up with Obama's talk

Palestinians will only have found Barack Obama’s visit to Palestine and Israel disappointing if, before the visit, they had any hopes of the American president taking an interest in their cause. In the event, even if Obama was able to turn on his famous charm, he showed that his administration does not care about the Palestinians, because instead he is focused on Syria and Iran.

When meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Obama said that the United States is “deeply committed” to the creation of an “independent, sovereign state of Palestine”. He told Abbas that Israeli building activity in the colonies was not “constructive or appropriate for peace”.

But it was a disaster that Obama did not mention this to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when they met for two days with an unusual degree of personal friendship.