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May 29, 2009

Israelis under Obama's control?

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives, Political News and commentaries

That's the message one can reasonably take away from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' statenent that unless Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will agree to a complete settlement freeze and publicly accept a two-state solution, Abbas and his leadership expect American pressure to gradually force Netanyahu out of office:

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will not resume negotiations with Israel unless the Netanyahu government agrees to a complete settlement freeze and publicly accepts a two-state solution, Abbas has told The Washington Post in an interview.

And since he does not believe Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will lift his opposition on these issues, Abbas and his leadership expect American pressure to gradually force Netanyahu out of office, the paper reported on Friday. "It will take a couple of years," it quoted one of Abbas's officials as saying.

Abbas was interviewed the day before his Thursday meeting at the White House with US President Barack Obama.

Setting out what the newspaper called "a hardline position," the Palestinian leader conditioned a resumption of talks with Israel on Netanyahu's agreement to a halt in all settlement building - a demand being repeatedly stressed by Obama, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other senior US officials - and formal Israeli government acceptance of Palestinian statehood.

Abbas added that he would not even assist Obama's special envoy, George Mitchell, in trying to encourage Arab states to begin warming relations with Israel until Israel accepted these conditions. "We can't talk to the Arabs until Israel agrees to freeze settlements and recognizes the two-state solution," Abbas was quoted saying. "Until then we can't talk to anyone."

However, The Washington Post went on, "Abbas and his team fully expect that Netanyahu will never agree to the full settlement freeze - if he did, his center-right coalition would almost certainly collapse. So they plan to sit back and watch while US pressure slowly squeezes the Israeli prime minister from office. 'It will take a couple of years,' one official breezily predicted."

It's easy to understand Abbas believing that the Obama administration will force Netanyahu out of office since, unlike to the Bush administration who insisted that the Palestinians end terrorism, established a democratic government and accepted the basic parameters for a settlement, the United States was not going to expect major concessions from Israel, the signals Obama has been sending have ignored Palestinian terrorism and have all been pro-Palestinian and Hamas. From the same JP article:
"What's interesting about Abbas's hardline position," wrote The Washington Post's Jackson Diehl, who conducted the interview along with a colleague, "is what it says about the message that Obama's first Middle East steps have sent to Palestinians and Arab governments." While the Bush administration placed the onus for change in the Middle East on the Palestinians, Diehl wrote, the Obama administration had shifted the focus to Israel.

The upshot, wrote Diehl, is that "in the Obama administration, so far, it's easy being Palestinian."

The Palestinians, under Bush, knew that "until they put an end to terrorism, established a democratic government and accepted the basic parameters for a settlement, the United States was not going to expect major concessions from Israel," wrote Diehl.

But Obama, with his repeated demands for a settlement freeze, "has revived a long-dormant Palestinian fantasy: that the United States will simply force Israel to make critical concessions, whether or not its democratic government agrees, while Arabs passively watch and applaud." (Continue reading)

Apparently, Obama not only supports Palestinans regardless of their continued terrorism to the detriment of Israel, he arrogantly believes he can force its prime minister out of office and control Israeli elections. This is the "hope and change" American Jews voted for? (Given Obama's embracement of the Palestinian terrorist's cause and his massive spending and expanion of government control over our lives, let me know how that' working out for you guys!)

Related: Netanyahu on the Obama White House: "What the hell do they want from me?"

Posted by Abdul at May 29, 2009 11:16 AM



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