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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What's Obama doing here anyway?

Why is President Obama in Israel anyway? Good question. Caroline Glick goes through all the reasons why he really didn't need to come here and then takes an educated guess as to why he's here. It's not pretty.
It is possible that in addressing the unelected radical Left in Jerusalem, Obama seeks to undermine the legitimacy of the Israeli government. But if that is the plan, then it would bespeak an extraordinary contempt and underestimation of Israeli democracy. Such a plan would not play out the same way his Egyptian speech did.

There are two possible policies Obama would want to empower Israel's radical, unelectable Left in order to advance. First, he could be strengthening these forces to help them pressure the government to make concessions to the Palestinians in order to convince the Palestinian Authority to renew negotiations and accept an Israeli peace offer.

While Obama indicated in his interview with Channel 2 that this is his goal, it is absurd to believe it. Obama knows there is no chance that the Palestinians will accept a deal from Israel. PA chief Mahmoud Abbas and his predecessor Yasser Arafat both rejected Israeli peace offers made by far more radical Israeli governments than the new Netanyahu government. Moreover, the Palestinians refused to meet with Israeli negotiators while Mubarak was still in power. With the Muslim Brotherhood now in charge in Cairo, there is absolutely no way they will agree to negotiate - let alone accept a deal.

This leaves another glaring possibility. Through the radical Left, Obama may intend to foment a pressure campaign to force the government to withdraw unilaterally from all or parts of Judea and Samaria, as Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005. If this is Obama's actual policy goal, it would represent a complete Europeanization of US policy toward Israel. It was the EU that funded radical leftist groups that pushed for Israel's unilateral withdrawals from Lebanon in 2000 and Gaza in 2005.

And in the past week, a number of commentators have spoken and written in favor of such a plan.
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At 8:55 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

I was thinking something like that. But I realized that Obama is the kiss of death. In Egypt in Libya in Sudan in Uganda even in Syria every 'moderate' backed by the full faith and credit of the White House went down in flames. And Obama personally campaigned for Kadima. If anything he's bound to sow the seeds of Islamic insanity either by intent or accidentally.

My better half believes he's there to prod Israel to 'do something about Syria'. Personally I think he's there to let Israel know that Iran is already a nuclear state and Israel is on their own.


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