Caroline Glick at the J’lem Post lays it out for all to see. The Bush administration is exhibiting signs that the US State Department has taken over US foreign policy, with its rescent “pusch” to reach a settlement in the Palestinian Israeli conflict, “come hell or high water.”
Glick correctly idenitifies the problems surrounding the recent enthusiam by the Bush Admin., in wanting to acheive “peace” between the two sides, because it will invariably come at the expence of Israel, not the Palestestinians.
The draft document shows that the Palestinians and the Israelis differ not only on every issue, but differ on the purpose of the document. It also shows that the US firmly backs the Palestinians against Israel.
As the leaked draft document shows, the Americans have sided with the Palestinians against Israel. Specifically, the Americans have taken for themselves the sole right to judge whether or not the Palestinians and the Israelis are abiding by their commitments and whether and at what pace the negotiations will proceed.
But the Americans have shown themselves to be unworthy of Israel’s trust. By refusing to acknowledge Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party’s direct involvement in terrorism and indeed the direct involvement of his official Fatah “security forces” in terrorism, the Americans have shown that their benchmarks for Palestinian compliance with their commitments to Israel are not necessarily based on the reality on the ground. Then too, the US demands for wide-ranging Israeli security concessions to the Palestinians even before the “peace” conference at Annapolis have shown that Israel’s security is of little concern to the State Department.
Read more if the stomach allows for it. *L* KGS