By Geoffrey Paul
January 27, 2009
It was a shrewd move on the part of President Obama to give his first TV interview to Dubai's AlArabiya station which claims an audience of 23 million in the Gulf States. It demonstrated his concern to turn a new leaf in America's relations with the Arab world. I hope the viewers were impressed with his mention of his own Muslim family connections and his frequent statement of the fact that the US seeks a relationship with the Arab world based on “mutual respect and mutual interest.” I hope they also heard what he said about Israel: “Israel is a strong ally of the United States. It will not stop being a strong ally of the US and I will continue to believe that Israel's security is paramount. But I also believe there are Israelis who recognise that it is important to achieve peace and they will be willing to make sacrifices if the time is appropriate and there is a serious partnership on other side.”
This man could even give us reason to have hope....