Obama to waste little time in renewing full-court-press on Israel.....
Today came news that (1) John Kerry made lengthy phone calls to Israeli and Palestinian leaders even before starting work at the State Department on Monday and (2) President Obama will visit Israel in March or April. No one should doubt that, as in Obama’s first term, brow-beating Israel into making concessions to the Palestinians will form the core of the Obama-Kerry outreach. As Groucho Marx said, in Horse Feathers, when explaining why he was offering a pep talk to the opposing team, “my team won’t listen to me.” The Palestinians don’t listen to Obama; Israel must, to some degree.
So much hackery in so few words. First, Kerry fails to explain why he believes a door or window is open, given the other futility of the “peace process” during Obama’s first term. Second, he fails to explain why it would close if not entered right now. Third, he fails to explain why the negation of a two-state solution would be disastrous.
Presumably, Israel understands that Kerry — who not long ago believed the “way forward” to a two-state solution consisted of enlisting Bashar al-Assad — is a fool. And presumably, Israel understands that President Obama — having, in his latest affront, nominated the anti-Israel Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense — is its adversary.
Certainly, Obama has made it clear that Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s popular Prime Minister, is his adversary. As the Times of Israel recounts:
According to Bloomberg columnist Jeffrey Goldberg, Obama had lately begun repeating the mantra that Israel under Netanyahu “doesn’t know what its own best interests are.” Goldberg added that, as regards Netanyahu’s handling of the Palestinians, “the president seems to view the prime minister as a political coward, an essentially unchallenged leader who nevertheless is unwilling to lead or spend political capital to advance the cause of compromise.”
If he really believes that Netanyahu is a hopeless coward and a fool, the logical move for Obama would be to stop beating his head against that wall. But the combination of leftist ideology and personal pride has drawn Obama back into the fray. So Netanyahu will once against have to weather the storm of a president who despises him and has little use for his State.....snip~
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Posted on February 5, 2013 by Paul Mirengoff in Israel, Middle East, Obama Foreign Policy <<<<< More here!
So much for those on the left thinking Obama's visit to Israel is a whole lot of Rosie.....huh?