Shuttle Diplomacy in Palestine-Israel Conflicts (Part 2)

If there is one thing that Israel voters do not like, scholars say, it is any kind of daylight between their prime minister and American president in times of strife”  -- New York Times

However, as Mr. Obama gains leverage over Mr. Netanyahu, the situation might be change. Mr. Obama effort to restart the moribund peace talk may find a leeway. At first glance, people might say that America’s role in this shuttle diplomacy might bring peace on Gaza land in the near future. On the closer inspection, nevertheless, so much has happened that the ground has shifted.

     Henry Kissinge (pic. src.: dipity.com)

America’s preferred partner, the Palestinian Authority, has become increasingly sidelined in the West Bank, while Hamas militant group has increased its influence in the area. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrival in Cairo on Wednesday might help loosen the situation a little bit. With Mr. Obama leverage over Mr. Netanyahu, she can just force the Israeli to achieve a cease-fire as soon as possible.

On the other side of the story, it is really unfortunate to see Turkey’s role in this conflict. With its Anti-Israel strident stance, Turkey’s role as a broker in this conflict increasingly sidelined. This dismal fact is really a bitter pill for Turks considering Turkey’s reliability as a mediator in the Middle East conflict. Turkey’s position might change, however, as Turkey’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, suggested that back-channel discussions had been opened with Israeli authorities.

Turkey’s ambitions to be a key player in the region can be achieved, only with the willing to help to solve the heavy lifting on the Gaza border. To this end, Turkey must be able to partner with Egypt in bringing stability into the region. 

If peace is really to be given a change, every nation needs to reappraise their policy in favor of promoting peace to the Middle East. With the melding of democracies and Islamic values, this crisis has laid bare the fact that war or physical conflict will never be able to solve the problem. It is up to us, to rethink our foreign policy in order to fill the absence of peace in the Middle East.


  1. there is a very useful statement, at least for me, by Former Secretary of State, Rice, State that, " Peace wont be created just because American wants it". Obama just wasting time to take care of this conflict while Israel would never pay attention to Obama, and Hamas in their legitimate action of Catastrophe would only stop when they destroy Israel entirely. the strongest will survive, Peace = impossible.