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Middle-East Peace: Finnish FM Alexander Stubb Felt ‘Optimism in the Room’……!

Feeling all those good vibrations

Finnish FM, Alexander Stubb:

My optimism outshines my limited knowledge and experience in ME issues
Though Stubb (who calls for a unified voice in all EU foreign policy issues) is indeed a fountain of optimism, he is also a classic case of a political bureaucrat not knowing his arse from a hole-in-the-ground. But he isn’t alone, he has the entire naively simplistic Obama administration to wallow with in that quicksand called… the ‘”Middle-East peace process”.
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(subscription only5.09.09 Helsingin Sanomat)
Stockholm. EU foreign ministers on Friday expressed optimism in the Middle East peace process, when they met in an informal meeting in Stockholm. “I felt optimism in the room” Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb, said after the first session. The “USA has a new management and has invested a lot in the matter”. “There are signs that the peace process was brought back into circulation in September.” […]
“Alexander Stubb stated frankly. “The construction of settlements simply must stop.” According to him, it is important that the EU will remain united and support the mediation efforts of the United States.”

So the Finnish FM and his government are clearly in step with Obama’s views, and repeat, word for word, the US administration’s talking points concerning where Jews, may or may not build a home. It hasn’t occured to Stubb, nor the Obama administration, that (a) it’s anti-semitic to dictate where Jews can live, and (b) in forcing Israel to cave in to key Arab demands early on, the US and the EU are setting the stage for yet, even more “all or nothing” demands, something of which by the way, Yasser Arafat became famous for. KGS
Barry Rubin states it like this:

“If the United States fails to force a change in Israeli policy it will look foolish. But what if it succeeds? The PA will just move to the next item on its list: refusing to negotiate with Israel unless Netanyahu explicitly endorses a “two-state” solution.

And the PA will do or give nothing in exchange for a cessation of Israeli settlement construction. Neither will the Arab states. They will not help it more on the Iran issue or meet any other U.S. request.

On the contrary, they will say that now the United States has demonstrated it can get Israel to do what it wants. Thus, Washington has no excuse for not ordering Israel to withdraw from all the West Bank, agree to an independent Palestinian state without preconditions, and do whatever else the Arab regimes want. Indeed PA leader Mahmoud Abbas said that in his interviews while in Washington.

In short, the United States will have reaped zero advantage from achieving its current number-one priority on the peace process. “

One Response

  1. The Finnish Foreign Minister sounds like he has no grasp on affairs in the Levant and has not given the issue any considered thought.

    Hopefully he will rectify this impression but I won't be holding my breath.

    The underlying assumption would seem to be that American dollars can dictate Israeli domestic policy.

    They are used to this kind of 'persuasion' but it won't work with the Israelis unless they have a collective death wish.

    And how much of a student of Middle Eastern affairs is Stubb anyway?

    It seems to me that the instant you stick the label of Minister on a politician he becomes an instant expert.

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