According to a report on Middle East Newsline, President-elect Barack Obama has dispatched his “senior foreign policy adviser”, Robert Malley to Egypt and Syria to outline Obama’s policy on the Middle East. Malley reportedly relayed a promise from Obama that the United States would seek to enhance relations with Cairo and reconcile differences with Damascus.
“The tenor of the messages was that the Obama administration would take into greater account Egyptian and Syrian interests,” an aide to Malley was quoted as saying. The aide said Obama plans to launch a U.S. diplomatic initiative toward Syria. Malley met both Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad “to explain Obama’s agenda for the Middle East.” — from this news article
Were this story to be true, it would be worrisome. But I have reason to doubt that it is true. It may have been put out, as desinformatsiya, by the Syrians. Soon enough we’ll know.
As for Robert Malley, he was asked yesterday by the inimitably nasty-voiced Lyse Doucet for his opinion on Blair’s idiotic call on the new Administration to get cracking, and to “solve” what Blair does not realize is “unsolvable” but perfectly manageable — the conflict between Israel and the “Palestinians.” If Israel does not surrender any further tangible assets, it can hold off the forces of Jihad. It must not surrender the heights of Judea that control the historic invasion routes from the East. This is the tiny bit of strategic depth that keeps Israel from being sliced easily at the eight-mile-waist it was forced to endure in the 1949 Armistice Lines which the robert-malleys of this world would like Israel to be pushed back to.
For then the Slow Jihadists of Fatah, who differ from the Fast Jihadists of Hamas only in matters of timing and tactics, can slowly ratchet up the pressure on Israel. They can use up, or even poison, the aquifers on which Israel increasingly depends, ceaselessly attack its citizens in the “West Bank,” and undermine its economic wellbeing through continuing Arab boycotts whenever the spirit moves the Arab Muslims.
And it will move them, starting about a minute or a day after Israel signs away anything else. The Jihadists will even use the “West Bank” just as Gaza has been used, to continue to launch attacks that no treaty can stop, only the presence of Israeli power.
Yes, Robert Malley was on the BBC yesterday. Why? Because Lyse Doucet, the woman with the hardest, nastiest-sounding voice in the world (quite amazing she is kept on as a speakerine), a voice that outdoes itself in its hardness and nastiness when she discusses anything having to do with Israel (she could be given a villain’s role in any BBC production, with a voice like that), likes to have the world hear Robert Malley on the Middle East. First she presented former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s bright and self-assured vaporings about “the Quartet” and the need, now more than ever, to quickly bring “peace” to the Middle East by simultaneously “meeting the Israelis’ need for security” and the “‘Palestinians’ need for” the Israelis to return essentially to the 1949 Armistice Lines — giving up control of invasion routes, the heights of Judea, aquifers, and of course much of Jerusalem. And when Blair was done reminding everyone that the bringing of such a “peace” would “meet the grievances” and therefore “calm down” the Arabs (and presumably reduce the threat from Muslims everywhere, in India, Thailand, in Paris and Amsterdam, in Birmingham, Luton and London), Lyse Doucet chose to have as her on-call “expert” on the Middle East none other than Robert Malley. There was absolutely no discussion of who Robert Malley is, or what it is that makes him so suspect. There was not a hint of his background, or of his laboring for years as a sly propagandist for the Muslim Arabs.
No, it was roses, roses, roses all the way, and he was simply “Robert Malley, program director for the Middle East at the “˜International Crisis Group.–
Unless you already knew, you would never have suspected. That’s the BBC World Service. That’s Lyse Doucet. The BBC should send her back to where she was too-briefly banished, in Afghanistan. She’ll fit right in with the landscape.