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Obama Gives Up on Israeli-Palestinian Peace Deal; Blames Netanyahu

President Obama told Israeli TV in an interview broadcast Tuesday that a Palestinian-Israeli peace deal is not going to happen under his watch.

Secretary of State John Kerry, you may remember, wasted two years trying to arrange a Nobel Peace Prize for himself by seeking to force the two sides together into an agreement neither was particularly interested in reaching at the moment.

Fortunately, with the Iran deal, Kerry has a new path toward a Nobel Prize, which at least has given him something else to do.

Instead blaming himself for the failure – this of course could never happen – Obama blamed Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, saying Bibi had “lost credibility” in the quest for peace. Somehow, the Palestinians, who are led in part by terrorists and regularly launch bombs on the heads of the Israelis, retain their peacenik creds.

From an Associated Press article about the interview:

“I don’t see the likelihood of a framework agreement,” Obama said in an interview with Uvda, a current-affairs program produced by Israel’s top-rated Channel Two and Keshet television. “The question is how do we create some building blocks of trust and progress.”

While Obama has acknowledged the geographical and ideological divisions among Palestinians that have bedeviled peace efforts, in the interview — taped in the White House on Friday — he focused on Netanyahu’s policies . . .

Obama said Netanyahu’s position “has so many caveats, so many conditions that it is not realistic to think that those conditions would be met at any time in the near future.

“So the danger is that Israel as a whole loses credibility. Already, the international community does not believe that Israel is serious about a two-state solution.”

Meanwhile, the president apparently proclaimed himself an honorary Jew, telling advisor David Axelrod at one point, “You know, I think I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office,” and adding, “For people to say that I am anti-Israel, or, even worse, anti-Semitic, it hurts.”

Anyway, no doubt the closest thing to a Jew will soon be launching retributive actions against Israel in the UN for it’s failure to make peace with enemies sworn to destroy it.

Obama Campaign Shifts Into Extreme Attack Mode

With its candidate having been swamped in the debate by an aggressive and articulate Gov. Mitt Romney, the Obama campaign is switching fully into attack mode, moving beyond earlier assaults on Romney’s business record and wealth toward a new drive to destroy his character.

Casting completely aside the Obama 2008 brand of a hopeful unifier, Obama’s operatives Thursday dived straight the jugular, working on multiple fronts to brand Romney a liar. The campaign, Obama aides made clear, would henceforth be conducted exclusively Chicago style.

In a vicious and personal assault rarely conducted at the highest level of U.S. politics, White House senior adviser David Plouffe repeatedly told reporters aboard Air Force One that Romney was “dishonest.” With the president of the United States in a cabin just a few steps away, his top adviser pushed out the new campaign theme that the man who had bested him in the debate Wednesday night is an untrustworthy scoundrel.

Generally presidential campaigns leave such personal attacks to surrogates, at least preserving the appearance that presidential candidates are above such things

Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki opened Plouffe’s remarks by airing for reporters the new Obama campaign ad, “Trust,” which claims that Romney is lying about his tax plan and can’t be trusted to be president.

On a separate front, top campaign adviser David Axelrod convened a phone call with reporters telling them that the “question” for them “is really one of character and whether or not a candidacy that’s so fundamentally rooted in hiding the truth and the facts from the American people and deception is the basis of trust on which you assign the presidency to a person.”

Axelrod announced that this would be the new theme of the Obama campaign. “That is what we are going to focus on moving forward,” he said.

Report: DOJ Gallup Suit Followed Axelrod Complaint

I wanted to alert you to this investigative piece in The Daily Caller that shows a possible correlation between a Justice Department lawsuit against Gallup and the failure of Gallup to come up with poll numbers satisfactory to the White House.

From the piece:

Internal emails between senior officials at The Gallup Organization, obtained by The Daily Caller, show senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod attempting to subtly intimidate the respected polling firm when its numbers were unfavorable to the president.

After Gallup declined to change its polling methodology, Obama’s Department of Justice hit it with an unrelated lawsuit that appears damning on its face.

Axelrod in April tweeted that there were methodological problems with a Gallup poll giving Gov. Mitt Romney a five point edge over President Obama. The White House has long been concerned that, in its view, Gallup tilts against Obama.

Around the time of Axelrod’s tweet, in an archetypal Obama White House intimidation tactic, the White House asked a Gallup official to come over and “explain” the firm’s methodology.

A third senior Gallup official said he thought Axelrod’s pressure “sounds a little like a Godfather situation.”

“Imagine Axel[rod] with Brando’s voice: ‘[Name redacted], I’d like you to come over and explain your methodology…You got a nice poll there….would be a shame if anything happened to it…’”

Axelrod at the time was already with the campaign, so the pressure on Gallup was being brought to bear from Chicago and the White House.

And then in August, the Justice Department signed on to a lawsuit against Gallup that had been brought by a former Gallup employee in 2009.

Go figyah.

Axelrod’s Obamacare Rebate

The hiring of Obama political guru David Axelrod’s “former” PR firm to promote Obamacare just got fishier. As is already known, the firm Axelrod left to take a job in the White House, AKPD Message and Media, made millions after it was hired in 2009 by the “outside” coalition of pro-Obamacare health and labor groups… Continue Reading

Gallup || Obama Approval at 50 Percent

President Obama has been at 50 percent approval in the Gallup daily tracking poll for the past two days, a sign that his popularity has genuinely increased since its lows last summer when he had creeped down to 38 percent. In addition, Gallup finds that Obama leads Romney by seven points, 49-42 percent, with the… Continue Reading

While Cairo Burns, Obama Parties

The Washington A-List was out in force Saturday night at the farewell party for senior adviser David Axelrod, with a roster of guests featuring Cabinet secretaries, big shot journos and – President Obama. As revolution threatened to sweep Egypt and possibly other allies – with the horrifying prospect of Islamism replacing reliable friends – the… Continue Reading

Obama Bids Bye Bye to Axe

Obama flies out of the White House tonight to a farewell party for departing senior adviser David Axelrod. Mrs. Obama passed on it. Axelrood will serve as an outside adviser to the reelection campaign. From the pool report: Motorcade is rolling at 8:27 p.m. en route to Linda Douglass’ house (spokeswoman for the White House… Continue Reading

White House Won’t Discose Donors to Axelrod Charity

Gawker reports that David Axelrod, President Obama’s senior political adviser, is refusing to divulge donors to his wife’s epilepsy charity. The Sunshine Administration won’t tell Gawker who contributed to the charity, donations to which soared after Axelrod’s boss became president, according to the website. And lest anyone wonder whether wealthy donors would really view an… Continue Reading

Axelrod Leaving Sooner Than Expected

Senior White House adviser David Axelrod, who had been expected to leave in the spring, will now return to Chicago in January or February, according to POLITICO. His replacement, former Obama campaign chief David Plouffe, is arriving at the White House months ahead of schedule, in January. The reason being given is that Axelrod needs… Continue Reading