It’s hard to remember a time, if there ever was one, when so much was at stake during a presidential transition in America. Barack Obama is still two weeks shy of taking office, but even so, his silence about the current crisis in Gaza in particular has not gone unnoticed.


“There is one President at a time.”

That is the mantra from the Obama transition team whenever it is confronted with an issue on which it would rather not comment.

It annoys senior Democrats like Representative Barney Frank, who said “that seriously overstates the number of Presidents we have”.

And Mr Obama’s silence on the situation in Gaza has also threatened to lose him support in the Arab world.

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