As I write this, Barack Hussein Obama is meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu. Today's meeting is certain to be less than fruitful, and because of that there will be no public statements or photo opportunities. The diplomatic problems between Israel and the Obama administration don't require a lot of analyzation.
In the Middle East, Obama has come to the realization that he is impotent except for the power he wields over Israel.
The Palestinians are not about to stop terrorizing Israel, and they won't negotiate in good faith. They believe that Israel should be wiped from the face of the earth. Obama knows this and there is absolutely nothing he can do about it.
Obama also knows that there is nothing he can do to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons short of war and he is unwilling to go to war with them. He would just as soon they take care of Israel and all the problems in the Middle East would be solved.
Barack Hussein Obama and his administration have decided that the root cause of all the problems in the Middle East stem from Israel's desire to survive. He has determined that the only way to gain peace in the region is to put his boot firmly on the neck of the Israelis. Obama believes they will submit to his demands because they value their friendship with the United States, and because Obama believes that they will eventually see the halo over his head.
I hope that Netanyahu has the courage to tell Obama and Company to take a hike just as the Palestinians and Iranians have.
The Jewish community in the United States may finally realize the simple truth in the Obama approach to peace in the Middle East, but they seem to hold out hope that Obama will soften his position on Israel.
From an interview with the head of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman, on March 13, 2010, following Vice-President Biden's visit to Israel comes this:
I am also disturbed that in this whole year there hasn't been one specific condemnation by the American administration about anything that the Palestinian Authority leadership has done or said. Not once! And how many times was Israel publicly criticized, condemned, in all kinds of places? I found this very troubling, the prime minister of the Palestinian Authority goes with the torch to burn Israeli food products, and the American administration doesn't say boo? The president of the Palestinian Authority threatens with religious war - and the states doesn't say boo. They dedicate a stage to the suicide bomber - and the U.S. doesn't say boo, because they believe placating will work - but it doesn't work. They wait for Israel to compromise, to take risks - but the U.S. continues to be the closest friend and ally. And what happened in the last 48 hours put it in a big question."
So do you think Biden is a true friend of Israel?
Yes. I think President Obama is a friend of Israel too. But I think it's a mistaken and counterproductive strategy and flawed analysis of what is in the best interest of the U.S. Support of Israel has served the U.S. interests more than supporting anyone else in the world.
You can read more of the Foxman interview by Haaretz correspondent, Natasha Mozgovaya, here.
Posted by Rick | March 23, 2010 02:29 PM