Saturday, January 22, 2011

Obama is a Catastrophe for Israeli/US Relations

This has been an interesting week. It began with a visit by Russian President, Dimitry Medvedev, to Iran, a visit in which he expressed that it was time Russia and Iran become full partners in every area, including militarily. In those conversations, Medvedev hinted that it may be time for Russia to recognize an independent Palestinian state at the United Nations.
Evidently, Barack Obama doesn't want to be out staged by his Russian counterpart and word has leaded that Obama will not veto an important resolution at the UN condemning Israeli settlements in their own capital of Jerusalem. Professing himself to be wise he is certainly looking foolish. He is again at the cusp of dissing our one and only ally in the Middle East. He is about to throw Israel under a very big bus. Read the following from Debkafile.
Obama to withhold veto from Palestinian UN move to condemn Israeli settlements
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 22, 2011
Israel and the US are set for a collision if President Barack Obama stands by his refusal to veto a Palestinian-Arab motion due to be tabled at the UN Security Council condemning Israel for its settlement policy in the West Bank and Jerusalem, debkafile's Washington sources report. If he did, he would be the first US president to let an anti-Israel motion go through the Security Council; building on the West Bank and even in the forty-year old suburbs of East Jerusalem would become illegal, as would also municipal, police and military actions in these places.

This situation would throw Israel's relations with the US, the UN and the European Union into deep crisis. By failing to block such a motion, Obama would encourage the Palestinians and hostile Arab states to continue to use the UN Security Council to undermine Israel's legitimacy and even recognize a unilateral Palestinian state within the pre-1967 borders without negotiations.

The White House in Washington is maintaining a fa├žade of normalcy in relations with the Netanyahu government. Last week, two senior US officials – Dennis Ross, presidential adviser on Iran and the Middle East, and Fred Hof, George Mitchell's deputy and adviser on Syria and Lebanon, arrived in Jerusalem with a new proposal: The Obama administration and Netanyahu government would work out the security arrangements to be incorporated in a potential peace accord with the Palestinians and so ease the path toward a deal on borders.
However, debkafile's sources point out that by failing to veto a Palestinian motion on settlements, Obama is a priori dictating future borders which no mainstream Israeli party. even the dovish Kadima, would accept, because it would entail turning the clock to the period before the 1967 war, one of the most hazardous of Israel's history. Every Israeli government since then its absolutely committed to obtaining secure and defensible borders in any accommodation.

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