President-elect Barack Obama may have evinced ardent support for Israel on the campaign trail, but he is no innocent abroad.HE KNOWS OBAMA BETTER THE AMERICAN JEWS WHO VOTED FOR HIM.
He knows that ardent support of Israel's existence is anchored in his country's political ethos, well and good, but unstinted support of its military excesses, and territorial expansion, is not, and will only harm the national interests of the United States by earning it the enmity of the peoples of the entire world, including those of the European world.
Is he not after all the new broom that will sweep clean and bring about "change that matters"?
I think it won't be long before Obama's administration, Hillary Clinton, his secretary of state, not withstanding, will have to tell Israeli leaders that enough is enough: Go back to your internationally recognised borders and give up your fantasy about "Greater Israel".
Imagine the response in the Arab world - and elsewhere - if the new president instead ended up emulating his predecessors in the White House who traditionally had turned a blind eye to Israeli excesses and a deaf ear to Palestinian suffering. Arabs will give up then on America ever being even-handed, or trust it ever again. Arabs will brand Obama as yet "another American president", another political hack, who will back Israel right or wrong. Because of Obama's moral promise, his skin colour and his middle name, Arabs will expect more from him, not so much favouritism as fairness. If that is not forthcoming, it will trigger twice the rage at the US than if he had been another run of the mill, new occupant of the White House.
My instinct (and that's what we all have to go by as of now) tells me that Israel will be told a few blunt truths in the months to come.
UNDER THE GUISE OF "EVENHANDEDNESS" OBAMA WILL SIDE MORE AND MORE WITH THE ISLAMOTHUGS.