terça-feira, 20 de julho de 2010
BBC Blog Network "Will talks improve relations between Israel and the US?" - Mildly strained yes, hardly a relevant dent. - I am in no doubt he was!
Relations between the US and Israel have never really deteriorated but only strained a bit as Obama'a Administration settled in and asserted itself.
Israel for its part has from day one been prodding the not-so-new-anymore American leadership sensing all along it might not be taken for granted as previous ones had been.
President Obama already made the point that his approach to the Middle East is more insightful, perhaps broader in scope than many Israelis would have liked.
His Administration will also have realized by now that the world's most intractable trouble spots are wrapped up in thick layers of built-in inertia.This is what makes it so very hard to move forward on key points Israel in particular is so adamant meaningfully discussing about.
The easing of restrictions on the flow of goods into the Gaza Strip is not to be seen as a concession or a goodwill gesture.
In essence US-Israeli relations remain friendly and mutually engaged at a high level when checked against a timeline.
They should so remain without meaning the US nodding Israel's every action.
The core issues in the Middle East, however, will only begin to get sorted when statesmanship such as displayed by Menachem Begin-James Carter-Anwar Al Sadat three decades ago is again forthcoming in the region.
By all principal actors and parties to the conflict ushered by the US, the UN, the EU and Russia.