Lip readers have been able to understand the private words exchanged between politicians in sight of the television cameras, but out of range of microphones. If only there were mind readers who, just as easily, could work out what was going on inside President Barack Obama’s head, on his visit the West Bank.
What for instance did he think, when he read the banner hung outside the Bab Al Shams Palestinian protest camp in Jerusalem “Obama: you promised hope and change, you gave us Colonies and Apartheid”? Did he reflect on the four wasted years of his first term, during which the extraordinary hopes raised in the Arab world by his seemingly ground-breaking Cairo speech, were dashed utterly?
Obama can have been left in no doubt that most Palestinians have lost virtually all faith in his willingness, to say nothing of his ability, to put the peace process back on track and drive negotiations toward a just and lasting two-state solution.
Obama now has four more years to substitute fine words with real action.
Arab News, Jeddah