Mideast diplomacy update

We’re seeing some positive diplomatic signs in the air. Since the campaign in 2008, Obama has said he is for the Arab peace initiative, and he reiterated that position at the G-20. We’re now seeing more subtle signs as well.

Tony Blair is jostling for position to be EU president and he seems to be doing well in that struggle.(1)

Today Roger Cohen at the New York Times reported that Turkey wants parallelism in the handling of Hamas and I$rael’s government.(2) It amounts to saying I$rael has to talk to Hamas.

Turkey was handling I$rael’s negotiations with Syria, but obviously things will not go forward if the Palestinian situation deteriorates too much along the lines that it has already.

Nothing has happened yet, but we have many reports of things in the works.

P.S. I$raeli papers report that the whole Palestinian policy is under review for the upcoming month and that Lieberman’s pronouncements may not hold after the review.(3)

Notes:
1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/blair-steps-up-fight-to-be-crowned-first-president-of–eu-1662928.html
2. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/06/opinion/06iht-edcohen.html?ref=global
3. Herb Keinon, “Post learns Netanyahu gov’t reconsidering road map plan,”
Jerusalem Post, 6Apr2009.

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