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Obama Signals He Will Confront Netanyahu

It was difficult to ascertain exactly what President Obama was trying to say today during his press conference when he addressed the issue of Israeli-Palestinian relations. But as far as I can tell, what’s going on is that the U.S. stance toward Israel is going to become confrontational, and the United States will join other countries in steps that provide some kind of recognition of a Palestinian state, whether the Israelis like it or not.

What gives me this impression is, first of all, Obama’s repeated “assurances” of the U.S. commitment to protect Israel. Such assurances aren’t needed unless something that suggests less U.S. commitment to Israel is about to happen.

But more to the point, Obama said that even Netanyahu’s walk-back of his campaign statement against a Palestinian state – Netanyahu subsequently said a two-state solution could occur if conditions like Palestinian recognition of Israel are met – shows that Netanyahu is not committed to a Palestinian state, and further peace talks are useless.

Obama said:

(Netanyahu’s) conditions were such that they would be impossible to meet anytime soon.  So even if you accepted, I think, the corrective of Prime Minister Netanyahu in subsequent days, there still does not appear to be a prospect of a meaningful framework established that would lead to a Palestinian state even if there were a whole range of conditions and security requirements that might be phased in over a long period of time — which was always the presumption . . .

What we can’t do is pretend that there’s a possibility of something that’s not there.  And we can’t continue to premise our public diplomacy based on something that everybody knows is not going to happen at least in the next several years . . .

We believe that two states is the best path forward for Israel’s security, for Palestinian aspirations, and for regional stability.  That’s our view, and that continues to be our view.  And Prime Minister Netanyahu has a different approach.  And so this can’t be reduced to a matter of somehow let’s all hold hands and sing “Kumbaya.”

So, fine, suspend negotiations. But here’s the new Obama twist: Instead of a policy of benign neglect and support for Israel’s right to makes its own policies, Obama is about to do what no president has done, namely, start taking the side of the Arabs.

Since talking is finished, he will begin pressuring Israel. And then, if the Palestinians resort to violence to augment the pressure, he will, in typical Obama fashion, blame others for the consequences of his policies. He’ll say the Israelis have been intransigent, even though Netanyahu has reiterated his commitment to a Palestinian state.

He’s going to start turning the screws. And Israel will be administered a brutal dose of hope and change.

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36 Responses to Obama Signals He Will Confront Netanyahu

  1. I wonder if anyone is still pretending that Obama is Israel’s staunchest friend.

    I knew he’d be bad for Israel, but I didn’t think he’d be this bad.

    time for that Rashid Khalidi video, LA Times, so we can confirm what we already know?

  2. Israel should simply ignore Obama and the United States. All they have to do is annex the West Bank entirely, put all the Palestinians on trains and ship them to Gaza, and wham, problem solved. Everyone knows the Republicans control Congress and they will keep sending Israel free money forever. The UN has no stones, they won’t do a thing to Israel. Israel as enough nuclear bombs to destroy any country that looks at them sideways. I am not sure why anyone is even talking about Obama. Everyone knows Bibi is the senior partner in that relationship. Look, just today, the word about Israel spying on the U.S. Iran bomb talks. No one cared. If it is fine for Israel to spy on the U.S., why wouldn’t it be fine to annex Israel’s god given land?

  3. It mystifies me that anyone would challenge a man who has the Mossad at his finger tips. Based on recent events, the Secret Service is not up to speed and certainly not against the Mossad.

  4. Let me see if I’ve got this straight! Israel MUST allow a Palestinian state, but it’s too onerous to demand the Palestinians acknowledge the right of Israel to exist. Hmm, would you buy a used electric car from Barry Soetoro? Even if he HAD his birth certificate?

  5. As in so many other areas, Obama may only have 22 months to go in his presidency, but the damage that he inflicts on the U.S. And the world will be felt for many years after he’s gone.

    How did thingy ever get elected president?

  6. It’s like Obama feels this is HIS presidency – he got elected – so he gets to do anything he likes.

    Why he is so smitten with muslims is a mystery to me unless he is one and all the church-attending was takiya for the dimmies. Or ValJar has his heart and he’ll do anything to please her.

    I once thought that she had delusions of grandeur and was building a “legacy” for herself of leading Iran into the 21st century, behind the curtains like a good, modest muslim woman, manipulating The One’s presidency.

    I’m beginning to think that I might live to see the end of the world as we know it. One atomic bomb in the hands of an ordinary, subjugating, power addicted nation and ….

  7. I am actually scared now, there is no stopping him

    if you try you get branded with the R word and have to cowers and slink away

    this country is being destroyed by political correctness imho

    how pathetic is that?

  8. “And so this can’t be reduced to a matter of somehow let’s all hold hands and sing “Kumbaya.””

    I have no response to this

    I noticed he didn’t use “folks” in his statement either

    this man frightens me and he never really did until now

  9. First of all, I think everyone would agree that what Bibi said was political in nature and a political decision to get his party “elected” again. What I think is ironic is our President holding the PM of Israel to a different standard then himself. Please look at Obama’s “evolving: view on gay marriage- he was for it, before being against it before being for it again. It was only evolving because he either won an election or was about to enter one.

  10. “And so this can’t be reduced to a matter of somehow let’s all hold hands and sing “Kumbaya.””

    My. “Obama” is openly echoing his father, Malcolm X:

    “The Africans didn’t get freedom …. by singing “We Shall Overcome” …

    http://terribletruth.marthatrowbridgeradio.org/blog/2014/11/30/obamas-father-were-not-americans/

    More relevant Malcolm X:

    “The zionist argument to justify Israel’s present occupation of Arab Palestine has no intelligent or legal basis in history.”

    It all emanates from this core issue: Obama Identity Fraud. American voters were defrauded. His elections are not valid.

  11. People of sound mind, including Congress and diplomats, can feel free to undercut Obama’s petulant tantrum by assuring Israel on backchannels that Israel will be here in 5 years and Obama will not. We will have partially removed his stain by then too.

    I hope 2016 voters reassess the candidates and whether Democrats are on their side. The display at Soros-funded J-Street by this Administration (by seriously the lamest WH Chief of Staff ever) and Jan Schwakowsky speaks volumes.

    • That little,tiny, country of known as Israel takes no crap from any of those rag headed camel jockeys. They take care of business, post haste!!

      Semper Fi

      • Israel knows that God gave them their land and Netanyahu knows it. They will NOT let anyone take it away again. The Word of God says that God will bless those that bless Israel and we need to get back to that for our country.

  12. When leftists voted for this person, did they ever expect that they were voting (among other things) for an anti-Israel (read:anti-Semetic) operative?
    What a disgrace to the tradition of this country.
    This person will indeed “transform” this country in the mold of Muhammad. We’ve got to stop him.

  13. The arabs were GIVEN a state, not once, but twice.

    The first time was by the UN, in 1947. But they refused it, and went to war with the vain hope of getting everything.

    And then Sharon GAVE them a beginning, GAZA, with a developed infrastructure, and an economy that was beginning to thrive. They destroyed the infrastructure and the economy, and to emphasize the fact that it had become judenrein by virtue of the IDF removing every Israeli from Gaza,, proceeded to make it Christianrein as well.

    What kind of state is Gaza today? A state that cannot even live in peace with other moslems. So much for this idiocy of a ‘two-state’ solution.

  14. Petulant prick. The most hateful, vengeful “president” in American history. I hope history writers will reflect the truth of his being. There is not a conciliatory bone in his body and as we all know, he has no capacity of a leader who takes responsibility for his decisions, free world or not.

  15. I think that Obama knows not to jump on the other side at the U.N. because I am sure the U.N. and Obama Knows that the USA congress would cut off the aid and payments to the U.N. Obama has already said “that one needs to aim before one starts shooting.”

  16. “We believe that two states is the best path forward for Israel’s security, for Palestinian aspirations, and for regional stability. That’s our view, and that continues to be our view”
    That might be your view but not Netanyahu and the last time I checked he just won big time. The We doesn’t mean the people in the US agree with the We. Israel will be the country to decide this problem and not the USA.