Russian President Vlademir Putin just made yet another move to supplant the U.S. and Barack Obama as the major power broker of the Middle East when he asserted himself as the next broker for Middle East peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
The Egyptian media reported that Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi confirmed that Putin would be willing to host Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for talks at the Kremlin.
“The Russian president has informed me that he has invited Palestinian President [Abbas] and Prime Minister Netanyahu for a meeting in Moscow,” al-Sisi said, according to Infowars. “Egypt supports these efforts and both sides are urged to participate and respond positively to the initiative for the sake of finding light at the end of the tunnel for Palestinians and establishing their state alongside Israel.”
al-Sisi added that Egypt’s role in the process would be “that which convinces the sides that if peace will be attained light will shine on the entire region.”
He went on to say that Fatah and Hamas, the opposing Palestinian political parties, have to make amends and end their civil war in order for the peace talks to be successful.
This came one month after Palestinian leaders presented several preconditions for participating in a trilateral Israeli-Egyptian-Palestinian peace summit in Cairo. These conditions included a freeze on Israeli settlement construction and that Israel accept negotiations based on the pre-1967 boundary lines. They also wanted them to pledge ahead of time to implement any agreements reached in the talks.
Putin first suggested a Moscow peace conference back in 2005, but the United States opposed it in the hopes of containing Russia’s political influence. However, after years of Obama’s lead-from-behind strategy being combined with ISIS’s regional destabilization, the situation in the Middle East is so dire that it has given Putin the leverage he needs step in and show Russia’s influence as a regional power player.
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