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Sunday, July 04, 2010

Still insecure

For once, the New York Times gets it right.

Discussing the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty conference in which President Obama went along with 189 countries urging Israel to sign the treaty - and saying nothing about Iran - the Times notes (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
But despite the better atmospherics, some analysts said the nuclear nonproliferation issue symbolizes why Israel remains insecure about the intentions of the Obama administration. In addition to singling out Israel, the document, which has captured relatively little public attention, calls for a regional conference in 2012 to lay the groundwork for a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East. Israel, whose nuclear arsenal is one of the world’s worst-kept secrets, would be on the hot seat at such a meeting.

At the last review conference, in 2005, the Bush administration refused to go along with any references to Israel, one of several reasons the meeting ended in acrimony, without any statement.

This time, Israel believed the Obama administration would again take up its cause. As a non-signatory to the treaty, Israel did not attend the meeting. But American officials consulted the Israelis on a text in advance, which they found acceptable, a person familiar with those discussions said. That deepened their surprise at the end.
Yes, yes, yes.

And that's why - if any of us ever trusted him before - most Israelis will never again trust Obama. He's finished in our book - regardless of the outcome of the midterm or 2012 elections.


At 1:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I have to wonder, given Obama's track record of duplicity in his dealings with Isrel (and this is but one example), what stunt is he going to pull to try to force Israel into a "peace agreement" with the Palestinians? He's made it very clear that this is his most important foreign policy initiative. Given that he likely knows that he's probably going to be a one-term president (please!!!, he doesn't have a lot of time to pull this off. I fully expect that far worse than we have already seen is coming from him over the next months.


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