Towards Sincere Will to Resolve Crises in the Region

  • 10 November 2008

Hopes increase that US President-Elect, Barack Obama, will move toward resolving Middle East crises, from Iraq to the war on terror to the Arab-Israeli conflict which is considered by analysts to be one of the most important elements of conflict in the region. Many parties to these Middle Eastern issues consider Obama's ascension to the White House to be a prelude to essential and real change to American policy.

These ambitions, or wagers, represent only one side of the picture. But it is the side that the different parties to the conflicts who expect direct and decisive interference from the new American administration should understand and take into consideration. It is necessary to prepare the environment and the domestic situation for any interference efforts or external mediation, whither by the United States or any other superpower, so that it would be visibly effective domestically and internationally.

Preparing the environment for fair and acceptable solutions will not be possible without genuine political will and serious intentions to accept these solutions. These intentions must come from all parties to the conflict and must be founded upon a national basis and domestic components. National initiatives are fundamental, for they embrace successful efforts and settlements by all related parties.

This will also depends on a unified vision that elevates the people’s best interests and overcomes narrow personal considerations that serve this party or that without sincere consideration for the common structure that can contain all contradictions and settle all crises within the unified community.

A real and serious national political will is the prime requirement for political settlements. Its existence signifies a deep desire for resolving issues instead of stirring old wounds that separate peoples and hinder their efforts for progress and development, while at the same time sending negative messages to the world. Suspending national dialogue in Lebanon lately despite the conflicts between its different parties, and the failure of Palestinian national reconciliation that was set to start in meetings in Cairo today after Hamas feebly rejected it were too instances of the absence of a national will for resolving complicated issues.

The Middle East does not need any more conflicts to be added to all the tension spots, but it needs real development that treats these problems and eliminates their roots in a fashion that positively influences the future of this region and that of its citizens. The solution will not come without real will from inside the hotspots.