(The Hill) — President Obama has failed to deliver on the high expectations for Middle East peace that his election engendered three and a half years ago, according to the Palestinians’ top envoy to the United States.

Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat said Obama’s campaign rhetoric and early actions in the White House raised hopes that a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict might be within reach.

But with just six months left in the president’s term, and no breakthrough in sight, the chief representative of the General Delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization to the United States expressed disappointment at where things stand.

“We were hoping that things would be different by now,” Areikat said in a wide-ranging interview with reporters. “We were hoping and expecting to be at a different stage-point today.

“Maybe my expectations were higher than [Obama] was planning to do. But at least the projections early when he took office pointed to some real movement in the right direction, and unfortunately it did not materialize.”

Areikat’s comments reflect broader Palestinian frustrations with the White House.

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