Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Obama's Middle East address analyzed on News Talk Online


Zunes was critical of Israel's policies
Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, was Monday’s guest on News Talk Online.
Zunes analyzed President Obama’s Middle East policy address at the State Department and his follow up speech to the AIPAC policy conference in Washington. While he felt Obama made some important points about the Arab Spring movement – the desire for democracy in the Muslim world – he criticized the president’s comments about possible peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. Zunes feels that Obama’s statement that Israel need not negotiate with any Palestinian entity that includes Hamas, which is bent on the destruction of Israel, gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an out to not reach a peace settlement.

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