Il Medio Oriente è un gran casino, anche per un Nobel chiamato Obama. A un anno dall'insediamento, dopo aver fallito con la politica della mano tesa all'Iran, Mr. President rivede le aspettative sul fronte israelo-palestinese, e alla rivista Time spiega:
I'll be honest with you, this is just really hard. Both sides have found that the political environment, the nature of their coalitions or the divisions within their societies were such that it was very hard for them to start engaging in a meaningful conversation. And I think that we overestimated our ability to persuade them to do so when their politics ran contrary to that.
E ancora, sull'anno appena trascorso:
I think it is absolutely true that what we did this year didn't produce the kind of breakthrough that we wanted, and if we had anticipated some of these political problems on both sides earlier, we might not have raised expectations as high.
E per il futuro? Si continua a trattare, come hanno già fatto (inutilmente) Bush e Clinton:
Moving forward, though, we are going to continue to work with both parties to recognize what I think is ultimately their deep-seated interest in a two-state solution in which Israel is secure and the Palestinians have sovereignty and can start focusing on developing their economy and improving the lives of their children and grandchildren.