Brzezinski: Obama's Mideast Speech Was Too 'Timid'

Friday, 20 May 2011 09:00 AM

By Hiram Reisner

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
President Barack Obama’s Mideast speech was too “timid,” , says former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, who adds that it cannot generate international support for the peace process. Brzezinski also said Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that, left to themselves, the Israelis and the Palestinians will not resolve their decades-old issues.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, Obama, Mideast
Zbigniew Brzezinski: "I approve of what the president did, but I wish he had gone further." (Getty Images Photo)
“I thought I heard a speech which was trying to initiate movement on the peace process — a peace process that is stalemated — but, a rather timid initiative in my mind, which as a result is not likely to mobilize the kind of support that is needed to move the process forward,” said Brzezinski, who was President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser during the 1978 Camp David Accords that led to an Israel-Egypt peace treaty.

“I think if we are going to have peace in the Middle East, we have to face two basic realities — fundamental realities: First of all, the parties to the conflict, the Israelis and the Palestinians, will never resolve it by themselves — the differences between them are just not bridgeable by themselves,” Brzezinski said.

“Secondly, the issue in the Middle East is not just security for Israel, or rights for the Palestinians — it’s also fundamental American national interest — and that has to guide American policy.

“So, I approve of what the president did, but I wish he had gone further, because if he had, he would have been able to mobilize much more support from among the Israelis, the Palestinians and the international community,” he said.

Host Joe Scarborough asked what Obama should have said that would have advanced America’s interests more effectively. Brzezinski said the president should have addressed all the issues, “and not point to the ’67 frontiers as something that has to be the point of departure, which in fact it basically has to be.”

“But also indicate in what fashion some of the other issues have to be addressed — what is the balance between them,” he said. “The question, for example, of Jerusalem — in what manner can it be shared, so that the interest of both sides are preserved? How do you deal with the question of security — how do you provide security for Israel?

“For example: Perhaps NATO or American forces on the Jordan River, so that Israel feels secure, without wanting to occupy large pieces of Palestine,” Brzezinski said. “These are the kind of issues that have to be addressed head-on — and if the United States doesn’t do it, it won’t work. And we’ll just single out one point for emphasis — obviously there will be a lot of arguments and resentments against it.”





© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Predatory Glow Worm, Newly Discovered, Is Not the Cute and Cuddly Kind

Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 21:01 PM

An odd predatory glow worm has been discovered in the Peruvian rain forest, trapping small insects in its wide jaws. . . .

100-Year-Old Woman Sees Ocean for the First Time in Granted Wish

Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 20:22 PM

A 100-year-old woman has finally seen the ocean for the first time after spending most of her life picking cotton and ra . . .

Hugh Laurie: 'Veep' to Feature Former Dr. House in a 'Few Episodes'

Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 20:02 PM

Actor Hugh Laurie will be back on television soon when he does a "few episodes" of "Veep," he said on Twitter Thursday. . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved