Few days ago, President Obamas speech on the Middle East took by surprise foreign analysts, diplomats and foreign governments, due to its highly ideological and ethical context, pressuring Middle East countries, participating in the Arab Spring, to pursuit liberal reforms. The most surprising aspect however- from the Presidents speech- was his reference to Israel-Palestinian relations, urging his long lasting ally (Israel) to make peace with Palestinians on the basis of the boundaries that existed before the Arab-Israeli War of 1967. Stay tuned with www.naro.gr for all latest world news.
Speaking from inside the Benjamin Franklin room in State Department, President Obama became the first US President to break the long lasting tradition of all former US Presidents who totally supported and argued in favor of Israel s foreign policy decisions. This comes in total contradiction with the previous -Bush- administration that claimed that it is unrealistic to expect Israel to pull back from the West Bank and Golan heights. President Obama however, tended to keep his distance from both sides, commenting that: The dream of a Jewish and democratic state cannot be fulfilled with permanent occupation arguing in favor of full and phased withdrawal of Israeli military forces from West Bank. He claimed however, as a necessary precondition the existence of a nonmilitarized future Palestinian state (acting as a buffer zone), stressing his undetermined will of a secure and safe Israel state. Israel President Netanyahu however, bluntly rejected Obamas speech, as non-realistic. Indeed, from a Realpolitik point of view (as Chancellor Bismark defined it, meaning that a state diplomacy should be based not on ideological or manihastic notions, but rather on pragmatism, practical and material factors) Obamas proposal is catastrophic if adopted by the Israelis. First, they will have to give away territories won in war and paid in human losses (Israeli human losses). Second, the loss of West Bank and the Golan heights would render Israels borders virtually indefensible. Syria, by having control of the high grounds can easily open fire to Jewish villages-as they have done in the past. Third, countries in the international area, act egoistically and under a self-preservation spirit, seeking constantly to safeguard their existence against any potential threat from other states (aggressors) and at the same time, to maximize their own winnings at the expense of other international players (states). In other words, states today on an international level are acting according to the Realpolitik doctrine. Thus, there is absolutely no reason at all, for Israel to abandon its territories in return for a sign of good will from the Arab countries in the wider area. It is like asking from the US to destroy all their nuclear weapons in a peace gesture towards Russia, in order to promote world peace. Self preservation is the name of the game!
Moreover, President Obamas speech called for a new beginning with the Arab world, suggesting that under his Presidency, alliances with the Muslim world will not be based on supporting pro-American dictatorships but rather …
Today Barack Obama is waking up the reality of one of the worst Democratic defeats in recent history. Voters swept the Republicans to a historic victory in the U.S mid-term elections capturing the House of Representatives and a handful of Senate seats as well.
The comeback came as a surprise to many as experts predicted the party to endure a long stint out of the limelight after Obamas emphatic 2008 presidential election victory.
Instead, the President is facing the harsh reality that times and opinions have changed since his ascent to power. Just two years after Obama won the White House a resurgent Republican Party captured the House of Representatives and gained some Senate seats.
The loss of the House after only four years is the first major setback Obama has faced so far in his relatively untroubled political rise to power. This also signifies the shortest time a party has held the lower chamber since the Republicans kept it for just two years from 1953- 1955.
The loss has resulted in Nancy Pelosi the first female Speaker will now give way to the Republican John Boehner. The idea of a liberal woman for a conservative man is thought to represent the deep shift in US politics highlighted by the midterm results.
The only consolation for the Democrats is that they hold control of the Senate, however only by the skin of their teeth after losing six seats.
The party did however win key races in West Virginia and Nevada. Here the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid pulled off a surprise victory against the Tea Party representative Sharron Angle in one of the most competitively and bitterly fought contests of the campaign.
The party also had success in California where Senator Barbara Boxer defeated her Republican challenger Carly Fiorina. Jerry Brown also beat Meg Whitman to win the California governorship back into Democratic hands after eight years of belonging to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
However, despite these clear wins, the outcome is still undeniably stark for the Democrats. The Republicans will now be able to use their position of power to try and “undo” Obama during the last two years of his presidential term. They may try to undo substantial areas of his legislation achievements such as his landmark healthcare reforms.
There is no question that last nights congressional defeats have shaken the President and his party. Although he remains the favorite to secure re-election in 2012, the recent loss of governorships will have undoubtedly removed the Presidents air of invincibility.…