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-- discussed to analyze this stunning shift in US policy doctor Walid Ferris.
-- Middle Eastern affairs analyst good to have you with us and author of the book the coming revolution struggle for freedom in the Middle East.
And Peter -- senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation good to have you with us Peter.
Former assistant secretary of defense for Asian Pacific affairs under president George W.
Let's start if I may -- -- with you.
Your reaction to to the president's.
Address today it certainly lived up to the billing of being a major address on board.
Well it is a major address in this sense the way I read it it's basically a new deal with a new alternative force in the Middle East.
I mean across the board what you can see is the president having the people in the Middle East that yes to a few indicators are gone.
More will go later.
And we are going to be partnering with you the question is he did not actually name those forces that he would like -- -- was and send foreign -- was because.
He in a key sentence add to those who are going to be -- -- next elections.
Now you ask any political scientist who do you think is going to be winning or be very influential and the next elections in Egypt and Indonesia where the answer is clear it's the most about the -- So what seems to me -- big deal is basically the United States shifting.
From one partner to another partner not the department that actually did that -- -- you with the secular and minorities.
Peter your thoughts do you agree -- professor of for -- yeah I mean if there's a lot of ambiguity in this of course timing is everything I'm shocked that he made this announcement about Israel.
Especially with that prime minister Netanyahu in down to Washington I mean that you think about you may want to you're gonna drop the sort of bad news I think it is bad news because the first time we've intervene to this sort of level.
He might have wait till after had a meeting Netanyahu.
And he's -- lot of injury reporting in days to -- lot of sparks fly get a -- thing you didn't mention was Iran I think about one sentence in there about a Ronnie -- battle these other countries what about the repression that's going on -- he mentions a nuclear program doesn't talk about the dissident movement at all.
And of course.
I am kind of ratified in start this is another global apology tour as he did when he reached out to the Muslim world -- two years ago when that was the beginning of his global apology tour and luckily this time.
He was a little bit more straight forward instead of blaming America for all the problems.
Before we go to the issue of pre 1967.
Borders which is profoundly important.
I thought it was also interesting and I think important that this president for the first time in my memory.
In his so called major addresses.
He spoke as president of United States he was reticent to use first person references.
And -- he did not refer to the United Nations professor.
He did not refer to our coalition willing are otherwise.
He did not refer to the United Nations any international organization alliance.
Were you surprised by that.
Well basically the fact that he met resistance in Libya that's a teaching moment.
That he may not have -- way.
With the points he has declared in his major or declaration.
Knowing that members of Security Council may not go the same when members of the European Union may not know about the plan.
To put that much pressure and you know and in the Middle East but the most important point here.
Who are we talking to in the Middle East where are the representatives of the democracy forces act should be.
Who rose to overthrow the dictatorship there are completely absent from the speech.
-- -- -- Well I mean I had an issue of unilateralism.
You know the problem with the present is that this is we don't have time for on the job training.
I mean he started to realize this him and he was said everything was -- multilateral he's learning on the job I found that a bit refreshing although no fan of this administration's foreign policy.
But he he's finally starting to realize that America has acted it's its own interest and doesn't always have to act in concert concert -- -- other so.
He started to realize how foreign policy is done unfortunately it's taken two years to figure -- out.
And in in figuring out out.
When we moved to -- 67 the pre 67 borders.
The prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is already stated categorically this is something that's like going to stand.
And now one wonders how the president can enforce his condition preceding -- those negotiations.
And how Israel can move forward without.
You west cooperation.
And Lou when you -- put pressure on an ally and like Israel you want to tell them basically you know to withdraw from lands.
Before their -- which is basically Hamas -- now the allies of Hamas is recognizing the State of Israel.
He is basically asking the Israelis to make a confession about the only major -- they have.
For the one car but the Hamas people did not let go of which is a recognition of the.
State of Israel.
Peter -- the last word here.
The Israelis say that it's indefensible that the change in back to 1967.
And my real concern about Obama's foreign policy stuff for our friends than is on our enemies.
And I think that's what we see that happen today.
Peter thank you very much thankful and thank you.
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