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Topic - Rashid Khalidi
The election is over, President Obama has just been sworn in for a second term, and cold treatment of Israel is already firmly in place. Mr. Obama has signaled during the past two months what lies ahead for U.S. relations with Israel through several actions.
Until recently, most politicians, pundits and others among the "smart people" insisted that Election 2012 was all about jobs, jobs, jobs. The more broad-minded contended that the related issues of the lousy economy and the imperatives of deficit reduction also might feature. But that was all that mattered, especially in the presidential contest.
At first I gave President Obama the benefit of the doubt when I noted his Middle East policy, particularly when it came to Israel. I classified him as an inept amateur in his dealings.
A cold rain is falling on the Arab Spring, as autocrats violently cling to power; but many pro-democracy advocates still hope for the change inspired by the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia that toppled long-term rulers.
Now, with his recent coddling of Syria and Iran, refusing to support the uprisings in those two nations and his encouragement of the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, my view is that he is terminally anti-Israel, following in the footsteps of his mentor and friend Rashid Khalidi, holder of the Edward Said chair at Columbia University.
"It's just not clear yet how it is going to turn out," said Rashid Khalidi, a Palestinian-American professor of Arab studies at New York's Columbia University. "It's early ... I wouldn't say that it's not necessarily going to be successful in Yemen, or Syria."