In the latest Palestinian-Israeli peace talks the USA is serious about talking, but not about peace. Israel is serious about peace and talking, but not the kind that will benefit Palestinians, only the kind that will buy them more time to build more illegal settlements. Where does this leaves us who advocate for a just peace?
John Kerry looks on as Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat shake hands. (Photo: CNN)
The USA’s carefully honed public image is that of a wise, morally sound brother who wants to make the world a better place. Like a business with a branding strategy, they are methodical and deliberate in managing these perceptions. To mind comes the vibrant, attractive man who recently inspired audiences in South Africa with his insistence on human rights and self-determination. I am talking about US President Obama on his recent visit to my country.
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