The Obama Administration’s endless proclamations about a forthcoming Mideast peace deal never seem to go away, its just that the starting date gets pushed back over and over. After his first year in office came and went with zero progress, President Obama conceded that enforcing a peace deal in the multi-generational conflict was way harder than he expected. Now, almost two years in, officials are conceding that the “one year” deal might be too short.
“At the start of this process, we felt that an agreement could be reached within 12 months,” insisted State Department official P.J. Crowley, conceding that it was “hard to say at this point, you know, given the delay over the issue of settlements, where we stand on that clock.”
Of course the “one year” goal was first announced in early 2009, so that clock has long since passed. But officials are now timing the start to September 2010, when the talks actually began.
But September 2010 also appears to be when the talks actually ended, as the expiration of the settlement freeze in late September was the last the two sides have met, and US officials have spent the past month and a half trying to secure a new freeze, with no real success.
The prospect of giving Israel billions of dollars for a 90 day partial freeze seems to be on the table right now, and would give the illusion of a process continuing, at least to some extent. But it seems that a new round of talks will be starting fresh if the freeze is secured, and after 90 days officials will likely be at square one yet again, still talking about the “one year” timeline.
2 thoughts on “US: One Year May Not Be Enough for Mideast Peace”
The US will never be a impartial broker for peace, because the Zionist lobby AIPAC owns the House, Senate, and the Whitehouse. At this point the US government should stop embarrassing every single educated American who KNOWS what Israel is, and how it is scamming our country. As country, we are now without any guts, or any moral conviction. Pitty all of Us…
I see no evidence that Obama and Hillary are interested in peace, or that they are making any serious efforts towards it. On the contrary, I think that they are warmongers and will do everything in their power to make sure that conflicts in the mideast continue forever. They desperately need those conflicts so that they can continue to justify their immoral military presence there, and so that they can continue to sell arms on behalf of their buddies in the American arms industry. If they were sincerely interested in peace they would be pressuring the Palestinians much more than the Israelis, for after all it is the Palestinians who began the war and are the ones perpetuating it. That should be obvious to all at this point. The settlements have nothing to do with it. The attacks on the Jews began decades before there were any settlements, and even before there was an Israel. It's all about anti-semitism. Those who can't see that at this point are truly blind, and I feel sorry for them. But all this deal is about is making an arms sale. That's all that Hillary cares about, making another arms sales for her corporate buddies, who have made her and her husband extremely wealthy people.
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