Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian | July 23, 2008
Over the last few weeks, Obama has confused both Arabs and Israelis with his notes on Palestinian suffering and the status of Jerusalem. ++ But contrary to McCain, Obama shows basic respect for the Palestinians and admits that the Israel-Palestine conflict contributes to the region's instability. ++ Moreover, he promises to practice active, engaged mediation between Israelis and Palestinians and between Syria and Israel. ++ Obama's strategy is backed by Dennis Ross who already served Bill Clinton and Bush's father.