• 4 minutes Pompeo: Aramco Attacks Are An "Act Of War" By Iran
  • 7 minutes Who Really Benefits From The "Iran Attacked Saudi Arabia" Narrative?
  • 11 minutes Trump Will Win In 2020
  • 15 minutes Experts review Saudi damage photos. Say Said is need to do a lot of explaining.
  • 10 mins Ethanol, the Perfect Home Remedy for A Saudi Oil Fever
  • 4 hours Hong Kong protesters appeal to Trump for support.
  • 14 hours Europe: The Cracks Are Beginning To Show
  • 16 hours Iran Vows Major War Even If US Conducts "Limited Strikes"
  • 1 hour Memorize date 05/15/2018 cause Huawei ban is the most important single event in world history after 9/11/2001.
  • 2 hours Millennials: A boil on the butt of the work ethic
  • 3 hours A little something for all you Offshore swabbies
  • 11 hours Ban Fracking? What in the World Are Democrats Thinking?
  • 16 hours LA Times: Vote Trump out in 2020 to Prevent Climate Apocalypse
  • 13 hours When Trying To Be Objective About Ethanol, Don't Include Big Oil Lies To Balance The Argument
  • 4 hours US and China are already in a full economic war and this battle for global hegemony is a little bit frightening
  • 56 mins Saudi State-of-Art Defense System looking the wrong way. MBS must fire Defense Minister. Oh, MBS is Defense Minister. Forget about it.
  • 1 hour Shale profitability
  • 24 hours Yawn... Parliament Poised to Force Brexit Delay Until Jan. 31
  • 11 hours Let's shut down dissent like The Conversation in Australia
Alt Text

Is A Full-Blown War In The Persian Gulf Inevitable?

Following Saturday’s crippling attacks on…

Alt Text

War In The Middle East Is China’s Worst Nightmare

Reliant on crude imports from…

Claude Salhani

Claude Salhani

Claude Salhani is the senior editor with Trend News Agency and is a journalist, author and political analyst based in Baku, specializing in the Middle…

More Info

Premium Content

A Chance for Peace in the Middle East?

Is there going to be calm after the storm in the Middle East? Following a tumultuous week of all-out war between Israel and Hamas, there are now good chances of peace actually catching on. However peace in the Middle East can only happen if the powers that be manage to grab the bull by the horns and build on the momentum created by the recent clashes which left 158 Palestinians and six Israelis dead. 

Having agreed on a ceasefire and on indirect talks through Egyptian intermediaries, due to kick off in the Egyptian capital on Tuesday, the momentum is there. There is an undercurrent that can be pushed in the right direction, but it needs to be channeled and the antagonists need to be herded along, coaxed, caressed and yes, even bullied when needed. And this can only be accomplished by a country with the prestige and power of the United States.

Granted, these talks, even if successful, are only going to address issues of immediate concern to both parties, such as solidifying the ceasefire and putting a stop to the smuggling of weapons into Gaza and guaranteeing that another similar outbreak would not repeat itself again. However, so long as the core issues are not solved, there always remains the great risk of renewed violence.

Related Article: Iran Positioned to Threaten Oil Lanes

Of course the larger issue at hand, that of finding a comprehensive and acceptable peace plan that would move the process forward to finally resolve the Israeli-Palestinian core dispute, remains the challenge. Those include finding an acceptable formula to solve the conflict and the cause of several Middle East wars. That is going to be the real challenge.

Core issues include the final borders of the future Palestinian state, the question of the status of Jerusalem, a city contested and claimed by all as theirs, and the right of return of Palestinian refugees. This is where previous leaders have faltered and failed. And of course the main thorny issues of the continued occupation of Palestinian lands by Israel, the recognition of a Palestinian state by the international community and the recognition of Israel’s right to exist by the Arab world. None of these points are not going to be addressed. They should be.

Almost every American president since Richard Nixon has tried and failed to deliver on the Middle East. With the exception of President Jimmy Carter who managed to pull off the Camp David Peace Accords, accords that led to Egypt signing a peace treaty with Israel, the rest of the presidents have never been able to accomplish much. But big goals begin with baby steps. Now that he is secure in his second term President Barak Obama should resume his failed attempts which he had started at the beginning of his first term, and try once again to build on this ceasefire.

Related Article: Why We Will See an Increase in Violence in the Middle East

There are very good reasons why the Obama administration should proceed with utmost urgency in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. As the last round of fighting has demonstrated the post Arab Spring Middle East is a very different place than the Middle East of a month ago. As Egypt’s new Islamist president Ahmad Morsi stated on national television when Israel began pounding the Gaza Strip, “The Egypt of today is different from the Egypt of yesterday.”

Indeed, what emerged from the last round of fighting was the realization that today’s Middle East is a very different place.  The opportunity is there and should not be lost. Failure to secure a lasting peace accord now, amid these historic changes will b e a heavy mistake. It is worth the investment in time and effort.

By Claude Salhani

Claude Salhani, a specialist in conflict resolution, is an independent journalist, political analyst and author of several books on the region. His latest book, 'Islam Without a Veil,' is published by Potomac Books. He tweets @claudesalhani.

Download The Free Oilprice App Today

Back to homepage

Leave a comment
  • Galadima Musa Lajawa on January 10 2013 said:
    Truly there will be peace in the middle east,but none can say when till the day the western world learn to call a spade a spade.The real terrorist is the American regime,they go after independent nations and will never be at peace with any regime that is not a puppet.It beats my imagination how America with the help of Qatar,Saudi Arabia,Bahrain and Kuwait will be at the front line to install democracy in places like Syria.The real reason is not about democracy it is about puppetcracy.

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News
Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play