Monday, October 19, 2009

Obama's mettle is about to be tested

As the Middle East slides towards renewed conflict, the president has to revitalise US efforts for a peace – or face humiliation

Simon Tisdall
The Guardian, Monday 19 October 2009

"It's getting harder each day for the Obama administration to maintain the illusion of progress in Middle East peacemaking. The UN human rights council's vote to condemn January's Israeli assault on Gaza, furiously rejected by the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, at the weekend, was the latest blow to US efforts to kickstart negotiations on a two-state solution. Across the region, all the signs point not to reconciliation, but to renewed confrontation. As Washington talks about talks, the Arab world mutters ominously about the prospect of a third intifada......."

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