President Barack Obama has revealed in an interview that he believes there is a less than fifty percent chance that his administration’s Mideast peacemaking efforts will end in success.
Obama told The New Yorker magazine that the odds of reaching final treaties on the Israeli-Palestinian front, the Iranian nuclear program, and in the Syrian civil war were less than fifty-fifty.
Still, he said the efforts were all worthwhile. “In all three circumstances we may be able to push the boulder partway up the hill and maybe stabilize it so it doesn’t roll back on us,” he said.
Obama added that in his estimation, the regional problems in the Middle East were inter-related and that the “old order” was no longer tenable.
Meanwhile, Israeli’s negotiators — Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s envoy Yitzhak Molcho — left Sunday night for more talks with Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington.
Netanyahu, who is to appear in Davos later this week, is expected to meet in Switzerland with Kerry, who is to be in Geneva for Syrian peace talks. Palestinian negotiators are expected to travel to Washington next week to meet Kerry.