Barack Obama says in his United Nations General Assembly speech Tuesday that Israel cannot forever expect to control and colonize the occupied Palestinian territories—days after he concluded a $38 billion aid package to Israel.
The wider tragedy of the past fifteen years demands of all of us greater efforts to affirm the goodness and equal rights of all people, rather than perpetuate the dangerous and arrogant fantasy of any self-appointed greatest nation on earth.
Unless and until the Arab world’s political and socioeconomic dimensions are addressed and significantly improved, the Islamic State group or other movements like it, or even worse than it, will continue to emerge from Arab societies.
Ten significant developments across the Arab world since the mid-1970s—early warning signs that raise the question of whether today we acknowledge and act on early warning signs, or just repeat the mistakes of the past.
The Obama administration would do the entire world a service if it replaced its failed legacy in Arab-Israeli peace-making with a precise, global consensus that might form the foundation for more successful future efforts.