Friday, 23 January 2009

Robert Fisk: So far, Obama's missed the point on Gaza...

There was the phone call yesterday to Mahmoud Abbas. Maybe Obama thinks he's the leader of the Palestinians, but as every Arab knows, except perhaps Mr Abbas, he is the leader of a ghost government, a near-corpse only kept alive with the blood transfusion of international support and the "full partnership" Obama has apparently offered him, whatever "full" means. And it was no surprise to anyone that Obama also made the obligatory call to the Israelis.

There is a severe bias here and Obama is not immune to it. Almost every US politician is heavily influenced by the Israeli lobby. An unbiased President, with the resources of one of the most sophisticated states ever, should have recognised that Hamas was the elected government of the Palestinians and acted accordingly.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 23rd, 2009.]

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