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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Obama uses Roger Cohen to threaten Netanyahu

Just when you thought that the Obama administration's handling of diplomacy could not be any more amateurish....

If New York Times columnist Roger Cohen is telling the truth, in effect, the Obama administration asked him to issue a warning threat to the Netanyahu government.
Last week, a letter from President Barack Obama was conveyed to Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president. In it, I understand, Obama spoke of his very strong commitment — unprecedented commitment — to a two-state peace and said that if Israel seriously undermines trust between the two parties, the United States will not stand in the way of a United Nations resolution condemning that.

No American definition of what such trust-undermining acts might be was offered, which is why Erekat pressed Mitchell in their meeting last Friday on what would constitute “provocative actions” by Israel.

But it seems clear that any reprise of the Ramat Shlomo debacle, which infuriated Obama, would meet American criteria. The bottom line to Israel is: Hold the building, hold the tenders and hold any other provocations while Mitchell shuttles.
But there's no indication that this was discussed with or conveyed to Israel until they read it in the New York Times, just like you and me. Once again, the Obama administration is treating one of its most important allies like a third-rate thugocracy.

What could go wrong?


At 6:46 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Sauce for the goose. Israel needs to assume the US administration is hostile to Israel, and act accordingly.

Time for Israel to build stronger bonds with like minded countries; India, and others like it. The US, where I live, which I love, is being run by an arrogant, and fairly naive administration. One that will do more damage to our position globally than our previous worst administration, that of the failed president Jimmy Carter.

We can't fix our problem until 2012. But Israel can operate in its own best interests, which by my observation are in line with the US's best interets. The latter are not well represented by our current administration. We have a failed presidency in progress in the US. Israel has to protect its interests. So do it, and don't worry about Mr. Obama.

He is your enemy. And I apologize that we were not able to get a real president in place ... that left-wing snow jobs sold a bill of goods to our electorate.

Never again ... I hope.

At 7:01 PM, Blogger nomatter said...

"Once again, the Obama administration is treating one of its most important allies like a third-rate thugocracy."

He is even making the Jew hating Carter look good.

Of course this is the burden we carry. We are treated like trash, used and abused. We are like the cousin no one likes to have for dinner. We are the whore to the world. Even the canary in the coal mine gets treated better.

We know why too. We see it more with Obama and his ilk but face it, even our "sometimes" friends have had deep rooted axes to grind in the way they have treated us.

The epicenter to explain the reason we are treated different has everything to do (to one degree or another) as to what we carry in our blood lines. Not all disdain for Jews is overt antisemitism but it sure has a root/beginning.

At 8:32 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

And for that Israel needed to freeze Jewish construction in Jerusalem for the next five months? What the hell where they thinking in the Israeli government?

What could go wrong indeed

At 12:45 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Even more to the point, Abu Bluff has surrendered Palestinian autonomy and now has asked for an Arab League imprimatur to proceed with proximity talks with Israel. If the Arab League says "no" nothing will happen. Elliot Abrams has the details here

If no peace talks happen, then will Israel continue to persist in applying the freeze to Yesha AND Jerusalem for five more months? What could go wrong indeed.


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