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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Obama to propose impose a solution?

Stung by his inability to move the Middle East 'peace process' forward on a voluntary basis, President Obama is considering proposing imposing a 'solution' on the parties.
But in discussions in recent days, some senior officials have amplified their argument that the American approach needs to change. They said that Israel’s announcement that it would build 1,600 new houses in a disputed area of Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem, undermining a trip by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., further called into question the Netanyahu government’s commitment to seriously engaging in the peace talks.

After Washington condemned the housing announcement, Mr. Netanyahu apologized for its timing, but has so far not responded to American demands to rescind the building plan. The series of tense, back-channel interchanges between the two governments, in the words of one administration official, demonstrated to White House officials that “the current status quo won’t work, and won’t get us anywhere.”

If Mr. Obama decided to advance his own proposal, it would likely not be until his special envoy, former Senator George J. Mitchell, had engaged in several months of “proximity talks,” the indirect, American-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. There have been no Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in more than a year. The new round of indirect talks, which was supposed to begin this week, was delayed after the Israeli announcement.

Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Biden talked by telephone on Tuesday, but officials in both countries said little about the tone or details of their discussion. A senior administration official said that the United States was “still awaiting an Israeli response to our request that they take steps to build confidence for the proximity talks.”
Bill Clinton, who was far more trusted by both parties, tried to do that. It didn't get very far. (And recall who said yes and who said no).

What could go wrong?


At 5:38 PM, Blogger nomatter said...

When Israel was threatened to make sure a contiguous and viable Palestinian state did not resemble "swiss cheese" there was no turning back.

The words,"Take Good Care Of Olmert" proved the grand prize they all seek (at the expense of Israel) has nothing to do with the security of Israel but everything to do with the 'LIBEL' what happens in "Jerusalem" is the Valium cocktail to the ME. The reemergence of this libel (There will be no peace in the ME until Palestinian statehood) was spoken by our best friend.

Now we have an overtly antagonistic possible antisemite arch narcissist in the White House.

What happened prior to Obama, makes his agenda much easier. You can't launch a jet plane from a gravel road any more then you can stop a speeding train without brakes.

Israel will gain all the necessary strength needed when it is completely understood "promises and pledges come every bit as cheap as threats.

The newest resident of the White House is bound in determined to not lose. This one will wreck Israel at any cost pulling off all stops without a drop of compunction ... and he does not wear sheep's clothing, either.

At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carl, isn't it obvious? With Republicans 10% ahead of Democrats oin the generic ballot, and every candidate 0bumbler campaigns for losing, and his 0bamacare dreck sandwich increasingly a dead horse, he can kiss his "vision of the anointed" for the USA goodbye and will end up being a partially lame duck. The one area where he will still have latitude is foreign policy.

Expect the pressure on Israel to be turned up big time after November 2010.

At 6:58 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

There's no doubt Obama hates Israel. If push had to come to shove, its good his views are now out in the open rather than later. I don't buy Netanyahu's BS about his Administration. Its very clear where it stands and the Israeli government should have no illusions on that score. It is anything but an impartial broker and I don't recall a country being treated so harshly over such a minor matter - certainly no such words have been addressed to the genocidal Iranians over their nuclear program.

How's all that hopenchange working out well so far for American Jews who voted for Obama? The chickens are finally coming home to roost.


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