11 May 2009

Middle East Peace~57 State Solution?

Obama and King Abdullah's new scheme involves offering Israel "friendship" and new beginnings with 57 states that don't recognise Israel. This in return for peace in the region. Hmmmmmm

Aye, it's a grand plan, but I can't see this happening any time soon. Israel would have to have some long period (years) of demonstrating (to the Arab world) it's no longer a racist genocidal maniac in the region before most Arab states (and others) would come on board anything like this plan. I give this plan an "E" for effort,but nothing more at this point in time. I just cannot see all 57 countries lining up to become BFF with Israel. Israel has a history of being self absorbed,creating conflict, acting alone, being aggressive,attacking it's neighbours,stealing land, breaking international laws at will, and just generally being a loose cannon in the region. It also depends on the spin placed in this. If you are talking about 57 countries "talking" to Israel, then that could be seen in the context of assisting with the negotiations mentioned above. But for a real working relationship between all those 57 countries and Israel, I expect it to take at least 13 years as our own peace process took in Ireland. Indeed, the Obama administration via Tony Blair and George Mitchell have already involved Irish Republicans in being "go betweens" with HAMAS, much like the ANC's role was in Ireland working with the IRA. Obama may be able to entice other countries into assisting with negotiations between Israel and Palestine,or between Iran and Israel, but that's about it IMHO. Assisting in negotiations for the benefit of Palestine does not translate into accepting a new and lasting friendship with Israel. Only time can create that, and Israels willingness to stop being a rogue state.

Bethlehem – US President Barack Obama is planning to roll out a peace plan involving a "57-state solution" that will offer Israel relations with the entire Muslim world, Jordan’s King Abdullah told the Times of London in an interview published on Monday.

“If you consider that a third of the world does not recognize Israel — 57 nations of the United Nations do not recognize Israel, a third of the world — their international relationships can’t be all that good. More countries recognize North Korea than Israel,” Abdullah said, “That is a very strong statement when we are offering a third of the world to meet them with open arms.”

However, the King warned, “If we delay our peace negotiations, then there is going to be another conflict between Arabs or Muslims and Israel in the next 12-18 months."

According to the Times the king discussed this plan with Obama in Washington in April. The Details are to be worked out in a series of high-level meetings this month, including Obama's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington next week.

"What we are talking about is not Israelis and Palestinians sitting at the table, but Israelis sitting with Palestinians, Israelis sitting with Syrians, Israelis sitting with Lebanese," said King Abdullah.

The Times reports that Obama could announce the peace plan during his address to the Muslim world in Cairo on 4 June. source