BOB HAWKE: OBAMA ‘INADEQUATE’ IN RESOLVING ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT

Hawke said China had shown an increasing interest in the Middle East in recent years with the country hosting both the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, and the president of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas.

“If China and the US were to sit down together and agree on a process of trying to secure a resolution, the whole chemistry of the situation would change because the simple fact is the Palestinians and the Arab states simply do not trust America.

“They see them as a shield and protector of Israel. If you had the Chinese and Americans working together I think the chemistry would change.”

From Gabrielle Chan; more at The Guardian, 01 January 2016