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‘Oh Malaysia, Land of Glory’

PETALING JAYA — As the 59th Malaysia Day approaches and patriotic songs in Bahasa Malaysia are heard over the airwaves, few remember a clutch of songs that celebrated the birth of the nation in English.

Who of such vintage as this scribe can forget Oh Malaysia, Malaysia Wonderful, or Malaysia For Ever that were reflective of the dreams of English-speaking citizens of Malaya and Singapore.

The instrumental Sunrise in Malaysia also delighted Malaysians wanting songs to mark the momentous occasion of a nation’s birth.

They were penned soon after the peninsula, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore came together as a confederation of states.

Pop musicians on both sides of the Causeway were also marking the formation of the new country with songs that stirred the spirit and lyrics that tugged at their heartstrings.

Oh Malaysia by singer Anneke Gronloh and Malaysia Wonderful by Singapore bands The Sundowners and The Tornados who recorded it together were the favourites of the day.

The first line of the Dutch-Indonesian singer’s ballad ran Oh Malaysia Land of Glory, Where I found my heart’s true Love; In a Night So Warm and Tender, With the Moon and Stars Above.

The Sundowners and The Tornados together recorded Malaysia Wonderful which had the opening lines I Found a Paradise, I’ll Stay there the Rest of My Life, Its Called Malaysia, Wonderful Malaysia …

Both songs reflected a romance between pop culture and politics in the peninsula and Singapore that died an early death after the island pulled out of Malaysia following political differences between the People’s Action Party led by Lee Kuan Yew and Umno headed by Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra.

Sunrise in Malaysia is a beautiful instrumental recorded at different times by The Stylers who played out of Singapore and the Dutch-Indonesian band Sky Devils.

Try as this writer did, he could not find the words for the song which makes an impact just like The Shadows did with Apache.

Another Malaysia Day song that was never heard after 1965 when Singapore went its own way was Malaysia For Ever written by Canadian Bobby Gimby.

It was recorded in Singapore by the winning songwriter who has numerous other commercial English hits to his credit.

Apparently, Tunku had at one point called it the unofficial national anthem of Malaysia due to its popularity.

Gimby had written the song to raise funds for the Marymount Vocational School school on the island besides feeding a local thirst for Malaysia Day songs in English.

It is said Gimby, who joined Rothmans of Pall Mall in the United Kingdom at some point to create jingles for the tobacco company, had come to Malaysia as the nation was taking shape.

The first few lines resound with the joy of being part of a new nation

Let’s get together, Sing a happy song, Malaysia forever, Ten million strong.

Land of the free, Marching as one. Ready to share in every way, So let’s get it done — get it done, get it done,” children sang across the island, the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak.

The back cover of the record carried a message from Tunku appreciating Gimby for creating the song.

Malaysia For Ever has been written at a time when the peoples of Malaya, Sarawak, North Borneo, Brunei and Singapore are about to forge into the Malaysian nation. The lyrics of the song aptly identifies the spirit of the peoples of these territories — to work and live together in peace and unity,” he wrote.

Early songs in Malaya which rode the waves in the day included Malaysia Berjaya written by Saiful Bahri, an Indonesian who made Malaysia his home in the 1950s.

Children of that era will surely remember the song that was popular from its creation in 1964 to the 1980s.

It was a hit among students who had gone to school in Malaya and who were fascinated by the new name, Malaysia, heard daily over television and radio in 1963.

Interestingly, Saiful was commissioned in 1964 to write the song to create a patriotic spirit among Malaysians in the face of Konfrontasi that began the year before.

Apparently, Tunku wanted a song that would unite Malaysians against the aggressors.

And what a hit the song initially sung by RTM announcer Jamaluddin Alias, and later by countless others, turned out to be.

It is speculated that Saiful had to change his stage name to Surya Buana (after his initials) in 1965 to prevent the Indonesians from claiming that one of their own had created the song.

Some are said to have wanted to prevent the kind of controversy that the national anthem, Negaraku, invited from the southern neighbours who claimed it was an Indonesian tune, Terang Bulan.

Another song that Saiful wrote for the brand-new nation was Inilah Barisan Kita with its martial tempo that took Malaysians into its grip.

Again, it was Jamaluddin who recorded the song that became popular across the length and breadth of the nation.

The song was popular across universities in the 1970s — an expression of the growing spirit of independence among undergraduates then.

Today, the song and others that have faded with time are only alive in the minds of a few who will never forget the heady days of Malaysia’s formation.

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China accused at summit of secret island-building

VIENTIANE — Beijing came under pressure at an Asian summit yesterday over its “illegal” island building in the South China Sea, after the Philippines produced evidence it said showed fresh construction activity at a flashpoint shoal.

An artificial island at Scarborough Shoal could be a game changer in China’s quest to control the sea and raises the risk of armed confrontation with the United States, according to security analysts.

Beijing this week insisted it had not started building at the shoal — a move which could lead to a military outpost just 230km from the main Philippine island, where US forces are stationed.

But the Philippines yesterday released images it said showed Chinese ships in the area that were capable of dredging sand and other activities required to build an artificial island.

“We have reason to believe their presence is a precursor to building activities on the shoal,” defence department spokesman Arsenio Andolong said.

“We are continuing our surveillance and monitoring of their presence and activities, which are disturbing.”

China claims nearly all of the sea, through which US$5 trillion (RM20.3 trillion) in shipping trade passes annually, even waters approaching the coasts of the Philippines and other Southeast Asian nations.

The competing territorial claims have long been a major source of tension in the region, with China using deadly force twice to seize control of islands
from Vietnam.

Tensions have escalated sharply in recent years as China has built islands on reefs and islets in the Spratlys archipelago — another strategically important location — capable of supporting military operations.

The US has reacted to that build-up by sailing warships close to the new islands, and sending warplanes over them, deeply angering China.

A UN-backed tribunal ruled in July China’s claims to most of the sea had no legal basis and its construction of artificial islands in the disputed waters was illegal.

But Beijing vowed to ignore the ruling.

China took control of Scarborough Shoal in 2012 after a standoff with the Philippine Navy, and has since deployed large fishing fleets while blocking Filipino fishermen.

Expanding that presence with a military outpost is vital to achieving China’s ambitions of controlling the sea, according to security analysts.

US officials fear a Chinese military airfield at the shoal would enable Beijing to enforce a threatened air defence identification zone in the sea.

An outpost at the shoal would also put Chinese fighter jets and missiles within easy striking distance of US forces stationed in the Philippines.

US President Barack Obama reportedly directly warned his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, during a meeting in March not to push ahead with any artificial island building there.

The US, which is a treaty ally of the Philippines, has repeatedly said it did not want to fight a war over the shoal.

But military skirmishes cannot be ruled out if China starts to build an island, according to security analysts.

“We could witness a physical confrontation between Chinese Coast Guard and Filipino vessels backed up by the US Navy,” Carl Thayer, an emeritus professor at Australia’s University of New South Wales, said.

An Obama aide yesterday played down the significance of the Philippine photos, telling reporters the US had not detected any unusual activity at Scarborough Shoal.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had said he did not want to anger China by highlighting the territorial row at the summit of regional leaders in Laos this week.

But the release of the photos came just a few hours before Duterte and other leaders from the 10-member Asean met China’s Li, in what his spokesman said was a deliberate move.

The Philippines and Singapore, which this year are Asean’s lead negotiators with China, raised the dispute during the meeting.

“What was underlined … was the importance of the rule of law and adhering to international bodies,” Duterte’s spokesman, Martin Andanar, told reporters in Vientiane.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on China to abide by the tribunal’s ruling, emphasising in his meeting with Asean leaders the verdict was legally binding.

Japan yesterday pledges US$440 million (RM1.78 billion) to help Asian countries strengthen counter-terrorism measures.

Police blamed a bombing last week in Duterte’s hometown which killed 14 people on rebels linked to Islamic State, while 22 people were killed in a July attack on a cafe in the Bangladeshi capital.

“As our first ever support for anti-terrorism and anti-extremism steps in Asia, we will carry out an aid programme worth 45 billion yen for the next three years,” Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda quoted Abe telling a meeting of Asean leaders.

It was not clear which Asian countries will receive the aid, but the plan includes measures such as the introduction of cutting-edge biometrics identification systems and advanced equipment to detect explosives. — Agencies

International syndicates smashed, RM3m cocaine and syabu seized

KUALA LUMPUR Federal narcotics police have crippled three international drug smuggling syndicates with the seizure of cocaine and syabu worth RM3 million.

Principal assistant director of Federal Narcotics Crime Investigations Department SAC Kang Chez Chiang said the syndicates had planned to export the drugs into Thailand and Indonesia through Malaysia.

Kang said the syndicate used courier services and local drug mules to smuggle the drugs from Latin America.

“The local market for cocaine is non-existent and they are worth more overseas,” he told reporters here yesterday.

A gramme of cocaine costs US$96.50 (RM392.55) in Indonesia and US$86 (RM349.84) in Thailand, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s World Drug Report.

Nine members of the syndicates, including five Nigerians, were arrested in three separate operations in Selangor.

The operations were conducted by the Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group, following intelligence sharing between the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States and Thailand’s Office of Narcotics Control Board.

In the first operation last Friday, two Malaysian women, aged 26 and 36, were arrested at the KL International Airport (KLIA) arrival hall after authorities seized 226 cocaine capsules weighing a total of 4.3kg.

The women had just arrived from Togo after transiting at Thailand with the drugs worth RM1million concealed in cylindrical plastic containers containing chocolates inside two backpacks.

“On the same day, another woman and a 32-year-old Nigerian man, believed to be the mastermind, were detained in Kota Damansara,” he said.

Four more Nigerian men, aged between 32 and 37, were detained after police raided two high-end residences in Seri Kembangan and Puchong on Monday.

During the raids, police seized 22.5kg of syabu worth RM1.6 million stashed in 44 backpacks, and RM328,000.

Investigations revealed only two of them had passports and all four had entered the country between last year and this year.

Kang also said a 26-year-old Malaysian, believed to be a drug mule, was nabbed at the KLIA bus terminal before he could board his flight on Tuesday.

Police seized 1.5kg of cocaine believed to be worth RM375,000 stashed in his backpacks.

Police have arrested a total of 135,764 individuals involved in the illicit trade and seized drugs worth RM164.53 million this year.

Ganja remained the biggest seizure with a total of 2,532.88kg. Assets worth RM73.75 million have been confiscated.

Ministry denies racial question in UPSR

PETALING JAYA — The Education Ministry has denied claims a racially-charged question was used in the ongoing Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examinations.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan urged police to take action against social media users who had shared the post on various platforms, causing it to go viral in the last 24 hours.

He said the photograph, which shows a multiple-choice question asking students to identify which race practised good civic values, had been circulating since 2013.

“I am disappointed and angry that certain irresponsible parties have started circulating the question which does not exist in the UPSR exam,” he said.

“Such lies and slander have very dark motives and are reprehensible. I urge the police to conduct a thorough investigation to bring the culprit to justice.”

Kamalanathan said such questions were never formulated by the ministry or the Malaysian Examination Board.

Diplomat told to settle suit with maid 
amicably

KUALA LUMPUR — The Foreign Affairs Ministry has asked the Malaysian diplomat being sued in New York for allegedly treating a Sri Lankan maid like a slave to resolve the case amicably.

According to a statement from the ministry’s department of communications and public diplomacy, Wisma Putra was aware of the lawsuit filed against the diplomat, who previously was stationed at the Office of Consul-General in New York.

“This is a case involving private contractual agreement, and will thus be dealt with according to the due process of law,” it said.

“The matter has been brought to the attention of the officer involved with instructions that it should be resolved amicably.”

According to the New York Post, the maid, Parimaladevi “Mala” Jeganathan, claimed her employers, Tamil Arasi Krishnan and her husband Danish Kumar, had restricted her from leaving their posh apartment and made her work over 15 hours a day for US1.71 (RM6.95) an hour “when she was paid at all”. — Malay Mail Online

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Teacher traumatised after 
assault by narcotics cops

IPOH — The primary school teacher, who was allegedly assaulted by two narcotics police officers here on Aug 30, has been given three weeks leave to seek medical and emotional help.

A close relative said the teacher had returned to his hometown in Kota Baru to seek traditional treatment for his injuries and counselling.

“He is traumatised. Now whenever a motorcycle nears him, his heart will pound hard,” said the relative, who declined to be named.

In the 6.30pm incident, Sheikh Ashroff Umar, 35, was said to have been flagged down by two men on motorcycles shortly after he left SK Bukit Sapi but refused to stop for fear the men were robbers.

He was, however, cornered by the duo, who turned out to be narcotics officer from the Lenggong police station, and had his left arm broken during the scuffle.

A 21-second video recording of Sheikh Ashroff’s arrest has since gone viral on social media.

He could be heard repeatedly telling the plainclothes policemen they had the wrong person as one of them had him in a headlock and another handcuffed him.

Yesterday, one of the officers was remanded for four days at the Pengkalan Hulu magistrate’s court to assist in investigations.

State education committee chairman Datuk Mohd Amin Zakaria said it was unacceptable for the teacher to be treated in such a manner.

“He was at the school to help Year Six pupils prepare for their Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah,” he told reporters here.

Amin said doctors at Kuala Kangsar Hospital confirmed Sheikh’s left arm was broken when he went to seek treatment
on Aug 31.

“A police report has been lodged at Kota Baru,” he said, adding that Sheikh Ashroff was also asked to identify the policemen who roughed him up at the Gerik district police.

Sheikh Ashroff’s friend, Azlan Madeli, said he was shocked to learn that Sheikh Ashroff was roughed up by police.

“He is a nice person who will offer his help to people,” said the 54-year-old retired serviceman.

“He is a respected teacher and he never associates himself with any criminal activities.”

Azlan, who has known Sheikh Ashroff for more than 10 years, said police should not use brutality when arresting a person.

“They should conduct a proper investigation before making any arrest,” he said.

State police chief Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Hanafi said on Tuesday the case was being investigated under Section 325 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing grievous hurt.

“We will wrap up the investigations as soon as possible,” he said.

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Conference to bring out potential in young adults

KUALA LUMPUR — The inaugural Rainbow of Life Forces (ROLF) youth conference next month will inspire and motivate young adults, the organisers said.

ROLF, a non-profit campaign that supports educational and charitable programmes for underprivileged children, is holding the Youth’s Inspiration and Aspiration Conference on Oct 9 as part of its 10th anniversary celebration.

Its founder, Adelyn Lim, said speakers at the conference would help participants develop a common purpose and expose them to various possibilities in their career.

“The students will learn to look at the world or their situations from a different perspective. This will help cultivate their enthusiasm,” she said.

It would also teach them ways to help underprivileged children.

“This conference would open the eyes of youngsters on how they can give back to the community and make a difference in this competitive world,” she said.

The speakers are National Film Development Corporation Malaysia director-general Datuk Kamil Othman, senior project engineer Dr Chuang Kwang Li, SuriaFM senior presenter Roslinda Abdul Majid, police constable Edmund Tay and former Bernama TV chief executive officer Engku Emran Engku Zainal Abidin.

ROLF is also holding the Gold Ribbon “Grant-A-Wish Campaign” for the eighth consecutive year to grant wishes for 465 children. The wish-matching process started on Aug 25 and ends on Oct 3.

The gift handover ceremony will be held during the conference here.

INTI International University student Lee Lit Hong, who will attend the conference, hopes to learn about leadership and entreprenuership skills.

“We have been told this conference would teach us things we would not learn in the classroom. This would help us as students in future when we make decisions,” the 21-year-old said.

Another participant, Marcus Liaw, a student at Taylor’s University, said he was excited to be involved in the conference and the charity event.

The 19-year-old hoped the message of hope would spread to the children who would have their wishes granted as many of these children presumed they were not loved.

“I want these children to feel the love and joy because they must know that they are special in their own way and being underprivileged is not a setback,” he said.

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Run energises spirit
of togetherness

SUBANG — Red Bull Malaysia is excited to sponsor Run for National Unity on Malaysia Day for the first time to help promote harmony.

Its strategy and investments director, Jate Samathivathanachai, said the run was a good platform to spread the spirit of togetherness.

“We believe this is a good cause which will spread a positive message to bring Malaysians closer. Without unity, a nation will not be able to stand together,” he said.

“People would come together at this run to mix and mingle with each other without having to worry about the hierarchy barrier.”

Jate said people should eliminate racial and hierarchical barriers so that everyone could work well with each other and stay united in a multi-racial country.

“It is hard to break these barriers but through runs like this, we would be able to make a change,” he said.

Jate said the aim of the run reminded him of the organisational structure in Red Bull as the company did not believe in rankings.

“Nothing makes me happier than seeing all my cross-functional teammates unite and collaborate to achieve a common goal. The end-goal of succeeding in our projects is the reason for our happiness.”

Jate said Red Bull Malaysia would sponsor two types of energy drinks, canopies, brand ambassadors and “their heart”.

“Our sponsorship, which is worth more than RM10,000, will also include balloon arches at the start and finishing line,” he said.

“Participants must remember it is vital to stay strong and united and persevere through the challenges and obstacles that come their way and not forget to have fun at the same time.”

The run will be flagged off at 7.30am at Padang Merbok for the men’s and women’s open, while the group run will begin at 7.40am, followed by the category for the disabled at 7.50am.

An estimated 3,000 runners from students to members of the public are expected to take part.

The men’s and women’s open will be over a distance of 7km, team events 5km, and the physically-impaired will run 3km.

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Let’s rally around G25 torchbearers

IT’S a breath of fresh air and a source of much pride to me and many to read in an English daily that a former director-general Public Service Department Tan Sri Alwi Jantan has come out strongly in support of our cherished national values of secularism, liberalism and pluralism. In short, he urges greater national unity and good governance, which have been sadly declining.

As a leading member of the Group of 25 (G25) comprising eminent former senior Malay civil servants and intellectuals, Alwi and the G25, are indeed torchbearers for our founding forefathers. They are therefore fully worthy of the whole hearted support of all Malaysians.

The G25 has currently a limited number of about only 40 members. It has to expand its membership, not only to more leading non-political Malay leaders but also to leaders from rural areas, non-Malays and those leading moderates from Sabah and Sarawak .

Many politicians, after having tasted power, want to preserve their vested interests and look towards the next election. Their vision is therefore limited to the short term. They want to continue their political dominance and power, often for self gain rather than for the peoples’ progress.

In direct contrast, the G25 members, independent and experienced thinkers, are committed to the national interests. That is why we all must rally around the G25 to strengthen them and to develop a kind of “G25 Movement” that stands for moderation, integrity, equity, fairness and unity in diversity.

We should not provide a platform for extremists like academic Ridhuan Tee to spew hatred and disunity. It’s like providing oxygen for his fanaticism. This begs the worrisome question in the public mind — why is justice not being done or seen to be done?

Are some people less susceptible to allegations of sedition tendencies? Surely, the authorities don’t want to give the impression we have selective justice or bad governance in our country.

What if others follow Tee’s poor example? There could be chaos as Alwi has rightly suggested. We don’t want any of that possibility — do we?

In fact, any politician or individual who promotes hate, racial and religious bigotry and supremacy of any kind, must be isolated and alienated, politically and even socially.

Hence, it is welcome news that G25 will go beyond their current critical concerns to find solutions to the overlapping civilian and Shariah laws and to also delve into the vital question of good governance. This new emphasis is fundamental as without or even less good governance, all the progress we have proudly achieved since Merdeka will dissipate and decline?

We need to take note when Alwi boldly states that “good governance has been eroded at an alarming rate”.

The G25 report on political financing reforms submitted to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low has to be discussed in the Cabinet and even in Parliament. Hopefully the G25 recommendations will be adopted by the Government well before the coming general election.

All the public want is a fair, reasonable and equitable government that focuses on national unity and good governance.

This is our birthright and a natural aspiration of the rakyat. Those who experience a sense of alienation from mainstream development may even feel a reduced sense of belonging and a low level of patriotism.

We have therefore to go back to basics and follow the principles of good governance set by our wise and honest founding fathers. Otherwise, as the G25 pointed out, we could fail badly and fade away.

So let’s all rally round the G25 and be part of a “G25 Movement”. We also appeal for good governance from our political leaders to uplift Malaysia. This is what all Malaysians want and fully deserve.

And as we approach Malaysia Day on Sept 16, we, the rakyat, believe we will win if we are united against abuses from any quarters.

Selamat Hari Malaysia and may God bless our beloved Malaysia.

TAN SRI RAMON NAVARATNAM

CHAIRMAN ASLI CENTRE FOR PUBLIC POLICY STUDIES

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Still time for Obama to carve out Mid-East legacy

BARACK OBAMA took office in 2009 with two big personal priorities in foreign policy: The limitation of nuclear weapons and the cause of Palestinian statehood. This summer the president has been weighing a flurry of possible last-minute actions to cement his legacy on nukes, including a UN resolution that would ban testing. That raises an obvious question: Will Obama also launch an 11th-hour Mideast gambit?

The possibility has been debated in and outside the White House ever since Secretary of State John Kerry’s quixotic effort to broker an Israeli-Palestinian deal collapsed in 2014. All along, the assumption has been that Obama might wait to act until after the presidential election, so as to avoid creating problems for Hillary Clinton. There’s plenty of precedent: Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush all bid for a Middle East legacy during their final months.

Not surprisingly, the prospect of an Obama initiative — which could take the form of a speech, or at its most ambitious, a UN resolution — is producing “high anxiety in the Netanyahu world,” as one former administration official puts it. That would be Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, the Israeli leader who haunted and taunted Obama since he took office — and absorbed in return more White House animus and abuse than any other US ally. In the end, Obama’s final decisions on the Middle East may be driven by another drama: The Barack and Bibi endgame.

For now, the old rivals are cooperating on a deal that could burnish both their legacies. Israeli and US sources say negotiations are essentially complete on a new 10-year bilateral defence pact that would boost annual US military aid to Israel from US$3 billion (RM12.2 billion) to close to US$4 billion (RM16.2 billion). Israel would get more money for missile defence, while agreeing to gradually redirect to American firms the quarter of US funding it now diverts to domestic contractors.

For both leaders, the deal has a positive political twist. Obama would be able to point to it as proof that he was not, in the end, an anti-Israel president, in spite of his battles with Netanyahu over West Bank settlements and the Iranian nuclear deal. Netanyahu, who has good reason to worry about eroding support for Israel among US liberals, would be able to describe the bounteous guaranteed funding as a Democratic initiative.

That’s not the only reason Netanyahu has to gloat: For now, he looks like the winner on points in his eight-year bout with this president. Yes, Obama squashed Netanyahu’s fervent campaign against the Iran accord. But Netanyahu has not only successfully resisted Obama’s pressure to allow a Palestinian state on terms he opposed, he has also continued Israeli settlement building, ignoring harsh criticism from the State Department and the White House. With years left in his own term in office, he can expect the next president, whether Clinton or Donald Trump, to drop Obama’s policy of treating him as a pariah.

Obama, however, still has his potential hole card: an Obama plan for Palestinian statehood. Though he lacks the means to make it happen, the outgoing president could publicly lay out US terms for a settlement, much as Bill Clinton did before leaving office. If he sought ratification by the UN Security Council, Obama could set them in diplomatic stone. A conflict that for half a century has been defined by UN Resolution 242 would henceforth be governed by Obama’s.

The terms were largely hashed out by Kerry during his doomed diplomatic offensive. A Palestinian state would be based on Israel’s 1967 borders, with land swaps that would attach the largest West Bank settlements to Israel. Jerusalem would be the capital of both states. The return of Palestinian refugees to Israel would depend on a bilateral agreement. And Israel would be recognised as the homeland of the Jewish people.

That formula would be quickly rejected by both sides — just as it was when Obama tried to sell it to Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2014. Arab states might even block its passage by the Security Council, with help from Russia or France. No matter: Obama would be betting that pressure would slowly mount on Israel to accept the terms, perhaps accompanied by an acceleration of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. Ten or 20 years from now, Obama could find himself heralded as the grandfather of Middle East peace.

Mavens of Middle East diplomacy point out that an Obama plan could do far more harm than good in the short term. To begin with, it could hamstring any attempt by the new president to rescue the failing US position in the larger Middle East; if that’s Hillary Clinton, Obama may be pressed to consult her. We’ll learn after Nov 8 whether such considerations matter more to the 44th president than creating a legacy on a pet issue — and trumping Netanyahu. — The Washington Post

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