It would be hard to exaggerate the interest among Muslims in President Obama’s upcoming address to the Islamic world.
According to columnist Yahi Rabah of Palestine’s Alhayat Aljadeeda, Palestinians more than any other group in the Muslim world are eagerly awaiting President Obama’s comments.
“The Palestinian dialogue [Fatah-Hamas], the so called dialogue between militants and moderates – and dialogue in the region in general – await the words of Barack Obama. Because in terms of embracing policies of stabilization, American relations with allies and opponents appear to be the deciding factor. The U.S. is similarly pivotal in regard to whether we are headed toward positive engagement or obstruction in the peace process.”
Then, highlighting the weakness and vulnerability felt by the Palestinians, who are presently ensconced in their own civil war, Rabah writes:
Now we are a house divided. We are in the utmost difficulty. … Because of the conflicting regional powers whose influence has so penetrated our area and due to our domestic difficulties, of all the parties eagerly awaiting Obama’s speech, Palestinians are the most sensitive. At the moment, dialogue among ourselves is scuttled before it begins, dates for the holding of dialogue seem to recede further and further in time and the progress that we talk of and that we believe has already occurred may end up being a mirage that evaporates in thin air.
By Yahi Rabah
Translated By James Jacobson
May 18, 2009
Palestine – Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda – Original Article (Arabic)
U.S. President Barack Obama will be in Cairo on the 4th of June, when at the venerable Al-Azhar University, he will deliver a historic address to the Islamic world.
Until then, the Palestinian dialogue [Fatah-Hamas], the so called dialogue between militants and moderates – and dialogue in the region in general, await the words of Barack Obama. This is so because in terms of embracing policies for stabilization, American relationships with allies and opponents in the region appear to be the deciding factor. The U.S. is similarly pivotal in regard to whether in regard to the peace process, we are headed toward positive engagement or obstruction.
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