Robert Fisk in the “Independent”: The old Middle East is over..We better wake up
Journalist Robert Fisk said in an article published by the British “The Independent” newspaper on Thursday, that US President Barack Obama will try to redefine America’s relationship with the Arab world.
He added that “here’s what Obama should say today about the Middle East. We will leave Afghanistan tomorrow. We will leave Iraq tomorrow. We will stop giving unconditional, craven support to Israel. Americans will force the Israelis – and the European Union – to end their siege of Gaza. We will withhold all future funding for Israel unless it ends, totally and unconditionally, its building of colonies on Arab land that does not belong to it.”
However, Fisk pointed out that “Of course, President Barack Obama will not say this. Instead, he will talk about the West’s “friends” in the Middle East, about the security of Israel and he will waffle on and on about the Arab Spring as if he ever supported it.”
Fisk also said that “Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have no idea what they are facing in the Middle East,” explaining that the “Arabs are no longer afraid” and that there was a signal of this on the Syrian and Lebanese borders on Sunday. He referred to the killing of Palestinian youths by Israeli occupation forces on the “Nakba” anniversary.
The writer pointed out that “It is time for Americans to free themselves from their fear of Israel’s lobbyists – in fact the Likud Party’s lobbyists – and their repulsive slurs of anti-Semitism against anyone who dares to criticise Israel.
“But will our favourite President say anything like this today? Forget it,” said Fisk, clarifying that this is a mealy-mouthed President who “should have turned down his Nobel Peace Prize because he can’t even close Guantanamo, let alone bring us peace.”
Fisk thinks that “What Mr Obama doesn’t understand however – and, of course, Mrs Clinton has not the slightest idea – is that, in the new Arab world, there can be no more reliance on “flattery”.
He concluded by saying “Well, the old Middle East is over. The new Middle East is about to begin. And we better wake up.
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