Jim Lobe, Washington Bureau Chief for Inter Press Service, discusses Obama’s current timidity in addressing the Palestinian problem despite his initial assertiveness, how Hillary Clinton’s lack of diplomatic skill has weakened Obama’s leverage with Israel, increased Palestinian and US interest in a “one state” solution and why ordinary Israelis won’t support a peace process unless the US is firmly committed to it.
MP3 here. (13:14)
Jim Lobe has served as correspondent and chief of the Washington bureau of Inter Press Service (IPS), an international news agency specializing in coverage of issues and events of interest to developing countries, from 1980 to 1985, and again from 1989 to the present. He blogs about foreign policy at Lobelog.com.
Since 9/11, Jim has focused much of his coverage on U.S. policy in the Middle East and the influence of neo-conservatives in the Bush administration. In addition to IPS, Jim has written for a number of internet publications, including Alternet, TomPaine.com, Foreign Policy in Focus, RightWeb, The American Prospect, the Asia Times, and the Daily Star of Beirut, among others. His articles appear regularly on Antiwar.com.