So, the man who proclaimed to AIPAC that he had a “strong commitment” to the “unbreakable bond” between Israel and the United States is leading a full-court press to force Israel to yield to The One’s indomitable will. Let us review:
The Cairo speech:
The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements.
The result? Palestinians added a precondition to peace talks that they would only come to the table when Israel freezes all settlement building, including in Jerusalem, which they had never before demanded. This, in spite of the fact that Obama demanded that peace talks be started without preconditions. There was no outburst about Palestinian rejectionism when they refused to come to the table.
Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State, then said that there could be no such precondition, and that the Palestinians must come to the table. The Palestinians refused. There was no outburst about “insult” and “offense” by the Obama administration.
Next, the Obama administration grudgingly accepts Netanyahu’s compromise of a ten-month ban on settlement building in the West Bank without a freeze in Jerusalem. The Palestinians still refuse to come to peace talks, insisting on a complete building freeze. There was no outburst by the Obama administration about how the Palestinians are obstructing peace with their inflexible precondition.
Cut to: Last month, Joe Biden’s visit, and the announcement of 1,600 new units in Ramat Shlomo, a suburb in northeast Jerusalem that has been understood by all to be one of the parts of “Palestinian” territory that will remain Israel in a future two-state solution. The Obama administration uses the visit as a pretext to beat up on Netanyahu. The “insult” and “offense” is actually in the way they are treating a friend and ally. Apparently, Obama has given Netanyahu a list of 13 demands, and expects a response by Saturday—so he can take them to the Arab League summit and get them to push the Palestinians back into peace talks. (Perhaps someone forgot to tell him about the concept of Shabbat and its importance in Jewish life.) The cabinet is meeting now, and they expect to have a response by Passover. That will be sundown Monday, Israel time. Among the demands:
- A complete freeze on building in all disputed territory, including Jerusalem
- Turning over more of the West Bank to Palestinian control, including Abu Dis
- The release of thousands of Palestinian prisoners
And the Palestinians will have to—come back to the negotiating table.
So there are absolutely no demands of the Palestinians at all, and nothing but demands of the Israelis. The Palestinians’ naming of a public square in Ramallah after a terrorist is ignored (and even blamed, by Hillary Clinton, on Hamas when it was all Fatah’s doing), but a housing announcement is an “insult” that causes a full-court anti-Israel press by Obama’s Chicago Machine veterans. The head of a democratic ally and friend of the U.S. is treated more shabbily than Hugo Chavez, who is aligned with, and working with, our enemy Iran (which is responsible for supplying weapons to our enemies, actively killing American soldiers and training Iraqis and Afghan to kill more). And now, Israel is being pressured so that Obama can send a representative to the Arab League summit, which is a summit of unelected monarchs and dictators with one or two sort-of democratic nations thrown in (Jordan and Lebanon), so that they can give their blessing to Mahmoud Abbas (now the unelected leader of the Palestinians, as elections were not held again this year) to talk to the Israelis.
Let me repeat: To talk to the Israelis. Nothing is being asked of the Palestinians.
The most anti-Israel administration ever strikes again. But I will leave you on a positive note: Think about the time of year that he is choosing to try to force Israel into making dangerous concessions. It’s Passover. And while I am not calling Obama a pharoah, well, as the Orthodox Union IPA blog said:
… we have to wonder â€“ when we all are at Passover Seder Monday, and loudly declare: â€œNEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM,â€ will we all be subject to censure by the Administration? By the EU? By the UN?
And what will they say at The White House seder? â€œNext year in a yet-to-be-negotiated part of Jerusalem?”
I don’t know about you, but I’ll be ending my seder traditionally. Next year in Jerusalem!