Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Visit To Jordan Could Lead To A Path To Middle East Peace


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Jordan to meet with King Abdullah on his second unannounced trip this week to visit a neighboring state.

His sojourns to Jordan - and on Monday to Egypt - are prequels to his meeting Monday in Washington with President Obama, who has a new plan for peace in the Middle East. That plan involves, not just the Israelis and the Palestinians, but the other Middle East countries as well.

In a British newspaper interview earlier this week, King Abdullah outlined the president's plan. So it is fortuitous that Netanyahu is meeting with him today.

Clearly, however, even with the support of Egpyt, Jordan and, presumably, the other Arab states, some major differences remain in the outlooks of the main two parties - the Israelis and the Palestinians. The Palestinians need to recognize the legitimacy of the state of Israel and agree to respect its borders. And Netanyahu has to change his stance and stop fighting the concept of a Palestinian state.

The brilliancy of the Obama strategy as we understand it is that the remaining Arab nations would recognize Israel as well. This would put extreme pressure on the Palestinians to make peace with the Jewish state.

Simultaneously, the Obama administration is trying to get the Arab world to unite with it in its opposition to Iran. Israel is not the only neighbor of Iran to fear its creating nuclear weapons. The leaders of the Arab nations have reason to fear as well. They know full well that there are extremist Muslim groups that don't recognize their right to govern either. The last thing they need is for Iran to provide those terrorist organizations with portable nuclear devices that could be used against their respective governments.

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Anonymous said...

this all sounds so good, almost too good to be true, and it raises questions. It may be one thing to unite the Arab world against Iran, but I believe that will be easy to accomplish more because of the ancient ethnic differences, more than any other reason. The Persians, (Iranians) have always been a source of fear for other middle eastern peoples. And in the past, they have been united against the Persians. But should they manage to quell that threat, all of the other older enmities will come back to haunt the situation.
Although they may seem to be united today, against a common threat, what will happen tomorrow, even if that threat is removed? They will still be collectivist societies, on edge for the inherent economic deficiencies. They will resume their age old fight against each other, spurred on by their 'leaders', who will, again be pointing to each other as the source of their woes.
Obama may make some short term progress, but in the long run, nothing will be done to quell mideast violence. ............Bebe_Zilla

Consumer Kim said...

I applaud all efforts to bring peace to the Middle East. I am just not sure it will happen during my lifetime. There is just too much ignorance out there over religion and politics, and too much hatred toward others. Racism is not something we are born with. It is learned. It is taught. It is drummed into the minds of small children who become brainwashed and grow up to hate those who are different from them. We need to start small, which means teaching the next generation to be caring and open minded. Peace cannot be forced. It will take decades, maybe longer, of more work educating younger generations and erasing the Centuries-old prejudices for peace to even be a possibility. A piece of paper signed by a few nations will not erase hatred. But it might be a good start.