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A new dawn for peace in the Middle East

  • Diaz Hendropriyono and Harya S. Dillon

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Wed, January 27 2021   /  01:00 am
Close encounter: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speak during an event about the Middle East peace talks in 2010. Both Israel and Palestine will hold elections this year. (Reuters/File photo)

The year 2021 is merely four weeks old, but it is already showing hopeful signs for peace in the Middle East. First, there is no denying that transition in the most powerful office in the world is a breath of fresh air for the peace process. Indeed, the Free World is now in a better place, as it celebrates its new leader, a self-described unifier-in-chief. In his inaugural address, United States President Joseph R. Biden aptly stressed the need for unity to heal deeply divided societies. As the president of the US, Biden’s words carry geopolitical weight and should reflect his intentions across borders. The new occupant of the White House has a foreign policy approach that is a complete rebuke of the last four years. Within his first hours at the Resolute Desk, President Biden signed an executive order rolling back the controversial “Muslim ban”, along with oth...