6/04/2009

Any Change?

Last week I posted on the pitfalls of leading by example in negotiations with hostile counterparts (altruism generally gets pocketed, not reciprocated). Today PBO gave a speech in Cairo which tried mightily to thread a foreign policy needle, a monumental challenge to say the least.

I'll be tracking published reports over the next week for signs that Israeli or Arab leadership take PBO's tough talk as an opportunity to soften on hitherto intractable issues.

Full disclosure: I'm not optimistic.

1 comment:

Johnny Keynes said...

His comparison of Palestinians to American slaves and blacks in South Africa under apartheid speaks volumes does it not? For does he then not assume that the Israelis are slave-owners in that scenario? Insulting to say the least.