Monday, September 06, 2010

Path to peace in Middle East still tortuous as ever

Morning Star Online, September 3, 2010

By John Haylett

The US-sponsored face-to-face Middle East peace talks taking place in Washington appear doomed before they even kick into second gear.

Why should the serially intransigent Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu concede an inch to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose presence at the talks is dictated by Barack Obama’s wishes rather than his own political organisation Fatah?

Fatah, the largest component of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), advised Abbas against participation, but the pressures from Obama and his regional ciphers Jordan and Egypt were more weighty.

Obama threatened Abbas with non-recognition of the Palestinian Authority, while Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Jordanian King Abdullah warned that refusal to dance to Washington’s tune would result in financial restrictions on the authority.

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