By Ben Cohen
John Kerry went to Gaza in a symbolic move that represents a changing U.S policy towards the region. Kerry of course maintained that there was no change in policy, but as Mondoweiss points out:
Of course it is a change in policy. As Stephen Cook of the Council
on Foreign Relations explained, this is a huge symbolic gesture, and a
signal from the Obama administration, of a piece with the Muslim
statement in the Inaugural speech, the Al-Arabiya interview, and the
George Mitchell appointment.
Check out Kerry’s interview with the BBC here.
Noam Chomsky disagrees, but the tone of the Obama Administration shouldn’t be underestimated here. While Obama may not confess publicly to sympathizing with the Palestinian cause, his political roots as a community organizer indicates he does. The important thing is dialogue, and Kerry’s visit, the first in 4 years by any U.S poltician, is a good start.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.