Obama walks Middle East high wire, eyes closed

Barack Obama went to Israel and Palestine, saw what he wanted to see, and conquered the mainstream media with his eloquence. US and Israeli journalists called it a dream trip, the stuff that heroic myths are made of: a charismatic world leader taking charge of the Mid-East peace process. But if the president doesn’t wake up and look at the hard realities he chose to ignore, his dream of being the great peacemaker will surely crumble, as it has before.

Ira Chernus

Asia Times Online, Hong Kong

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