BlueTruth presents another post by our friend Lawrence White.
Quote of the Day; Can anyone make a serious argument that
obtaining a quick peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority
is either possible or a necessity for the United States? No. And the only way
that this claim can be asserted is by systematically censoring out a dozen
"Something must be done”. The White House has leaked internal deliberations, in which this expression, describing frustration with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, comes up repeatedly. The State Department and many White House advisers are reiterating that “something must be done”. Everyone nods sagely. Editorials repeat these words in various forms. “The conflict between
“Something must be done”. The “something” that “must be done” begins with the assumption that the Israel-Palestinian conflict is related to, and in fact is a cause of, all these other problems. Deal effectively with this so-called linkage, and all the other problems will also be solved.
Obama has been speaking to many Arab leaders. Force
There is only one problem. This assumed linkage flies in the face of all historical evidence. If
So does Obama accept this formulation because he believes it? Or for other reasons? Probably both.
So why the war of words, why use the tools of humiliation? There are four related reasons, two of which have been heavily dissected in the media.
1. The most commonly cited reason for the diplomatic war against Netanyahu is to prove to the Arabs that Obama is their friend and can deliver on
According to this formulation the Arab refusal to negotiate is because
There are several problems with this. The Palestinians previously negotiated with
An examination of the record shows that the Arabs will continue to come up with excuses to avoid a peace agreement. (In fact, they do not want any agreement that requires accepting a Jewish state in the area). Further, they realize that they do not need to negotiate as long as the
2. A second speculation being advanced is that Obama and his coterie consider the current Israeli government to be far-right and not representative of Israeli opinion. According to this theory, President Obama initiateda confrontation with Netanyahu in the belief that if he humiliates Netanyahu sufficiently, the fear of losing US support will panic Israel into jettisoning Netanyahu’s government, and replace it with the more agreeable centrist Kadima party headed by Tsipi Livni. At the least, it is hoped that Kadima would come into the coalition and replace the tw o main right-wing parties. Presumably it will then be far easier to force
Again, the reality has been different. Obama’s reckless actions have had the result of unifying Israelis, who trust Obama even less than before. Further the issue of building in
3. The harangue of
4. Finally, there is the personal issue. Jonathan F. Keiler , writing in American Thinker, has pointed out that Obama dislikes
Further, when the concessions he expected from the Palestinians in response to Netanyahu’s construction freeze failed to materialize, his anti-Israel supporters convinced him that it was
Finally, the degree of hostility and the needless humiliation inflicted by Obama on the Prime Minister of Israel is so out of proportion to anything needed that it indicates more than simply policy differences or a need to placate the Arabs. There is no easy way to say this, but Obama has displayed an innate distaste for the Jewish state. We have seen this play before, and it usually doesn't end well for the Jews.
Obama’s many campaign statements about rock-solid support for
On the surface, it may sound reasonable. But a forced settlement, with Obama acting as advocate for Arab unlimited demands, is the worst way to deal with the problem, and in fact will solve nothing. Unfortunately, Obama has no understanding that Arab intransigence will never be slaked by leaning on
There are three main lessons that Obama has yet to learn. First, the Israel-Palestinian problem is not the critical nexus that influences all problems in the
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, in the 1960s when urban
"Something must be done". It is time to challenge this notion, and ask the real question. Why?