Sunday, August 16, 2009

Frozen by the Talks on Freezing...

Gideon Levy:

He came into office amid much hoopla. The Cairo speech ignited half the globe. Making settlements the top priority gave rise to the hope that, finally, a statesman is sitting in the White House who understands that the root of all evil is the occupation, and that the root of the occupation’s evil is the settlements. From Cairo, it seemed possible to take off. The sky was the limit.

Then the administration fell into the trap set by Israel and is showing no signs of recovery. A settlement freeze, something that should have been understood by a prime minister who speaks with such bluster about two states – a peripheral matter that Israel committed to in the road map – has suddenly turned into a central issue. Special envoy George Mitchell is wasting his time and prestige with petty haggling. A half-year freeze or a full year? What about the 2,500 apartment units already under construction? And what about natural growth? And kindergartens?

Perhaps they will reach a compromise and agree on nine months, not including natural growth though allowing completion of apartments already under construction. A grand accomplishment.

Jerusalem has imposed its will on Washington. Once again we are at the starting point – dealing with trifles from which it is impossible to make the big leap over the great divide.


At 11:34 PM, Blogger Frank Partisan said...

Obama is yet to keep any campaign promise of substance. He hasn't even reversed habeous Corpus.

At 2:16 PM, Blogger Gert said...

Personally, I've never believed in the 'Omnipotence' of American Presidents. He's in the best position of possible any ruler on Earth (with majorities in both Houses), yet can't even push through his health reform program. In term of democracy, the US is a strange place...

I'm not yet ready to blame it on the person.


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