Perhaps today people would like to know about the reaction over here to the news regarding President Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
It is a fascinating development – or perhaps the word is 'loaded'…
I suppose the main thing about the awarded to him, from here on the ground, is that there is now even more pressure, from the world's point of view, to have America deliver on the issue of Peace in the Middle East.
People's expectations are raised, on both sides, and this is both a thing good – and a motivator for bad.
Many believe that President Obama indeed deserves the prize, but they are not so definitive when it comes to 'why'. Therefore, the award may be more of a challenge for him to implement his visions for the Israelis and Palestinians, and indeed the greater Middle East.
In surveying the press, it seems the Israeli media is confident that Israel can gain from this development. But from the Palestinian, and a growing number of Arab sources, recent developments played out here make them feel that the US President will feel more pressure to achieve the illusive prize of peace between Israel and the Palestinians which will manifest itself in appeasement to the Israeli side and pressure to except compromise on core issues for the Israelis.
Either way, I think the general consensus is that Mr. Obama will be all the more committed to the peace process… but he really does have his work cut out for him.
Middle East Correspondent