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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Impeccable timing: 'Most pro-Israel administration evah' claims Israel not committed to 'peace'

At Haaretz's 'Israel Conference on Peace,' Special Assistant to US President Barack Obama and White House Coordinator for the Middle East claimed that Israel is not committed to peace (Hat Tip: Joe L).
In an unusually harsh major foreign policy address, Philip Gordon, a special assistant to US President Barack Obama and the White House coordinator for the Middle East, appealed to Israeli and Palestinian leaders to make the compromises needed to reach a permanent peace agreement. Jerusalem “should not take for granted the opportunity to negotiate” such a treaty with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who has proven to be a reliable partner, Gordon said.
“Israel confronts an undeniable reality: It cannot maintain military control of another people indefinitely. Doing so is not only wrong but a recipe for resentment and recurring instability,” Gordon said. “It will embolden extremists on both sides, tear at Israel’s democratic fabric and feed mutual dehumanization.”
Delivering the keynote address at the Haaretz newspaper’s Israel Conference on Peace, Gordon reiterated Obama’s position that a final-status agreement should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed land swaps.
The administration is aware that Israel is facing threats on several fronts and Obama remains committed to Israel’s security, he said, speaking on the day that Israel launched Operation Protective Edge to counter rocket fire from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. Indeed, mere hours before Gordon addressed the conference, hundreds of participants were forced to quickly evacuate the event hall and enter a safe room after an alert signaled a missile approaching Tel Aviv. After about 10 minutes, participants returned to the hall and the conference resumed.
“The United States will always have Israel’s back. That’s why we fight for it every day at the United Nations,” Gordon said. But as Israel’s greatest friend and strongest defender, Washington should be allowed to ask some fundamental questions, he added.
Specifically, Gordon went on: “How will Israel remain democratic and Jewish if it attempts to govern the millions of Palestinian Arabs who live in the West Bank? How will it have peace if it’s unwilling to delineate a border, end the occupation and allow for Palestinian sovereignty, security and dignity? How will we prevent other states from supporting Palestinian efforts in international bodies, if Israel is not seen as committed to peace?”
The administration was disappointed that the last round of US-brokered peace negotiations failed and that currently “we find ourselves in an uneasy pause,” Gordon said. “At the same time we have no interest in a blame game. The unfortunate reality is that neither side prepared their publics or proved ready to make the difficult decisions required for an agreement. And trust has been eroded on both sides. Until it is restored, neither side will likely be ready to takes risk for peace, even if they live with the dire consequences that resolve from its absence.”
The “past few weeks” show that the inability to resolve the Israeli-Palestinians conflict “inevitable means more tension, more resentment, more injustice, more insecurity, more tragedy and more grief,” he said. “And the sight of grieving families, Israeli and Palestinian alike, reminds us that the cost of this conflict remains unbearably high.”
'Most pro-Israel administration evah'? I think not. Read the whole thing.

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4 Comments:

At 8:03 PM, Blogger Eyal Hirsh said...

IF the United States will always have Israel's back why has it closed its embassy in Tel Aviv?

 
At 8:05 PM, Blogger Chrysler 300M said...

the Kenyan Satan is firmly against Eretz Israel, let´s have no illusions

 
At 8:07 PM, Blogger Sparky the Wonder Dog said...

If President Obama could square the circle and appease all the warring Islamic tribes at once Israel would be well and truly sunk. This backstabbing self-righteous piety about democracy and foundations for lasting peace is so much chalk scraped against a backboard. An American President who continues to front for Abbas even as Abbas incites to violence, insists on the sacred duty to return terrorists to Palestinian pensions, and accuses Israel of genocide is beyond unreliable--he's become a petulant chihuahua trying to chew her way through a Zionist box existing only in her imagination. rrrrggh rrrgh! Cut the little כלבה loose.

 
At 8:52 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Israel needs to quietly assist Hamas in targeting the US embassy with their rockets.

 

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