4) The Arab Spring President Obama introduced his speech at the State Department last week withthese thoughts:
The State Department is a fitting venue to mark a new chapter in American diplomacy. For six months, we have witnessed an extraordinary change taking place in the Middle East and North Africa. Square by square, town by town, country by country, the people have risen up to demand their basic human rights. Two leaders have stepped aside. More may follow. And though these countries may be a great distance from our shores, we know that our own future is bound to this region by the forces of economics and security, by history and by faith.Today, I want to talk about this change -- the forces that are driving it and how we can respond in a way that advances our values and strengthens our security.
The trouble with Netanyahu is that, for him, “now” is not now. A moderate and pragmatic Palestinian leadership has actually emerged in the West Bank (but not, for sure, in Gaza), terrorism has been denounced, rejected and, in the West Bank, all but disappeared. A Palestinian state in some sort of pupa form is taking shape, even able to police itself. The trumpeted unification of Fatah and Hamas is indeed a problem — the latter being a virulently anti-Semitic terrorist organization — but even here, where there’s a will there’s a way.
The internal contradiction here between the "moderate and pragmatic" leadership and the "unification of Fatah and Hamas" is undeniable. But it isn't a problem to be finessed. The unficiation contradicts the "moderate and pragmatic" description. Is calling Israel "incidental to history" a sign of moderation and pragmatism? Isrewarding terrorists? But Fatah was quick to call Netanyahu's terms for peace "a declaration of war."
The point is that on the Palestinian side there is no will. And in the near future matters stand to geteven worse