Sunday, May 5, 2013

Link of the Day May 5 2013: Uri Avnery on “Kerry, Obama and the Arab peace initiative”

Uri Avnery
Uri Avnery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Uri Avnery, that doughty Israeli journalist, has written an excellent article in which he says, basically, that any hope for Israeli/Palestinian peace lies with Barack Obama. He says Obama’s new Secretary of State, John Kerry, seems to have been working sincerely to bring the two sides together around the long-standing Arab offer of peace based on the 1967 borders. He has won some concessions from the Arab side, but Obama’s boy, Netanyahu appears to be trying everyrthing he can to find a way of refusing without offending Obama. Therefore, says Avnery, it is over to whether Obama really has the courage to do it, or not.
He writes: “If President Obama has the will and the power to compel the government of Israel to make this historic decision and choose peace, may the political price for the president be as it may, then he should proceed. If this will and this power do not exist, the whole great peace effort is an exercise in deception, and honorable men should not indulge in it. They should honestly face the two sides and the world and tell them: No, We Can’t.”
Read Avnery’s pitilessly honest piece: here

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