Analysis: No specifics, no reason to complain

Obama was measured and did not say anything implying that the US-Israel alliance is in danger.

By SHMUEL ROSNER
June 4, 2009 16:57
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Analysis: No specifics, no reason to complain

obama and hillary with scarf cairo 248.8. (photo credit: AP)

The specific details US President Barack Obama offered in his celebrated Cairo speech were scarce. He said, for example, that the United States "will support a secure and united Iraq as a partner, and never as a patron," but didn't say what happens in case the American withdrawal of forces leaves an Iraq that isn't secure or united. He laid out the reasons for which it will be better for the region and the world if Iranians decide to give up on their nuclear military program, but refrained from threats, or from offering a path through which such goal can be achieved. Israel was anxiously waiting the speech, following two weeks of contentious public statements related to settlement building. On this topic, Obama hasn't added more fuel to the fire. But it was interesting to note how the Arab crowd cheered enthusiastically when he called for settlement freeze and the easing of restrictions on Palestinians, and sat silently, solemnly when he said that denying the holocaust was "baseless, ignorant, and hateful". The president also said that the United States "cannot impose peace." That is one humble statement from a president who seemed to imply in recent weeks that this is exactly what the United States will be trying to do. Nevertheless, the Israeli government doesn't have a reason to complain. Obama was measured and did not say anything implying that the US-Israel alliance is in danger. Shmuel Rosner's full analysis of Obama's speech is published in The New Republic


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