Shot in the arm for Middle East diplomacy

2013-03-24 10:58:30

WAM ABU DHABI: The US president Barack Obama has to keep the pressure on and ensure that his Middle East yatra doesn t end up in half-hearted achievements, a local news paper urged today.

“As a leader who has made the world believe in  yes, he can  manifesto, Obama has to sit for longer sessions with his Israeli and Arab allies to bag a comprehensive breakthrough in one of the most volatile regions in the world,” the English-language Khaleej Times said today in an editorial comment on Barrack Obama’s Middle East visit during which “diplomacy in the Middle East finally got a shot in the arm”.

The paper, however, praised Obama’s diplomacy in  the Middle East for coming up with Israel’s belated apology that came from Israel for the 2010 commando raid on an aid flotilla is a promising development.

“The trigger-happy adventure” of Tel Aviv in the high seas had killed nine Turkish activists on board a ship that was trying to breach the Israel-inflicted Gaza blockade, it said.

“The point that this rapprochement has come close on the heels of Obama s epoch-making statement while visiting the Occupied Palestinian territories, in which he called on Israel to undo the illegal settlements and work for a two-state solution, is rejuvenated diplomacy,” the paper added.

The fact that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had uttered the much sought-after  sorry  word, and agreed to compensate the victims  families, is enough to restore bilateral relations between both the countries, it noted.

Tel Aviv wasn t at all ready to extend the apology and it came under duress. This turnaround, however, brought to force the United States influence in the region, as President Barack Obama prevailed over his somewhat difficult but closest ally Israel, the paper remarked.

“With Syria s civil-strife taking its toll and the security equation between Israel and its Arab-Muslim neighbours deteriorating, it was a masterstroke of Obama to mend the fences between Tel Aviv and Ankara,” it said


WAM 1020  2013/03/24