COPY of pre-blog email (as in ‘About’):
Friends – in case you misread the header; ‘Term’, not ‘Time’, is correct – ie. President Obama’s next term in the Oval Office, if he’s elected again.
Before going on holiday I’d considered doing a note upon the Israel-Palestinian situation and the proposals to get United Nations’ recognition of statehood for Palestine.
The confrontation between Obama and Netanyahu on 20th May provides an ideal study for counsellors in body-language – extremely closed: I’ve made up my mind, what I’ve said goes! In case you’d like to watch, click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvZ3h5auuVY&feature=related
This morning’s news appears to put a new slant on the resumption of talks for peace.
(A polite reminder: as regards concessions for starting negotiations, there has yet to be any from the Muslim side whereas, after making many offers, the Jewish side drew a line in the sand at continuing the freeze on building homes. During all the many years’ previous discussions this had never been an issue or stumbling block from the Palestinian perspective.)
At long last some sense seems to be starting to emerge in a couple of quarters:
First, despite his strong prejudice against Netanyahu and the Jewish nation and his inordinate bias towards the devious Palestinians, Obama has shown some sense. Many well-seasoned experts knew that proposals for getting serious talks started before the Palestinians approach the UN General Assembly in Sept were well and truly ‘dead in the water’. DebkaFile reports that it is now going under wraps without the involvement of the long-standing host of advisors. Apparently, the top man alone is dealing with everything.
Secondly, their sources disclose that after the sudden, unexpected rift in diplomatic and military relations a distinct rapprochement between Turkey and Israel has developed in order to facilitate discrete contact.
For details of both developments see brief, exclusive report > http://www.debka.com/article/21065/ and for a brief explanation of the UN aspect see this item by Elliott Abrams of the Council of Foreign Relations > http://blogs.cfr.org/abrams/2011/06/23/can-the-united-nations-make-palestine-a-state/ .
The Lord bless you and keep you