Clouds gather over over US/Israeli understandings of the conflict
as the Obama administration hints that a tough stance lies ahead
The White House’s line of thinkiing can be found here, in a panel discussion sponsored by AIPAC, which featured Michael Herzog and Efraim Sneh. The thinking is that the US needs to bring the Arab states into a anti-Iranian front, and solving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the best way to bring that about.
It’s fantasy thinking that will never work, as well as setting up the region for a full scale war once the Arabs in the new but dysfunctional “state of Palestine”, start to actively work against the Jewish state in earnest. The Obama administration is working the region in a very ”back ass wards” sort of way, that focuses its energies on trying to solve a problem in which one of the principle players, the Palestinians, are not interested in a permanent two state solution.
The Israelis on the other hand, are being depicted as the bad guys, for supposedly being against the two state solution for pointing out the obvious fact contained in the above sentence. The key word here is “permanent“, that precedes “two state solution“, and the Palestinians are no where near accepting the permanency of that solution.
So in order to build this theoretical “grand coalition” of Arab states in a bid to counter Iran’s growing hegemony in the region, Israel is therefore expected to swallow whole the fantasy of the conflict coming to an end through a forced settlement imposed by Washington, though the Palestinians still reject the existence of the Jewish state of Israel. Pure nonsense.
Instead of taking a hard line against the Iranians, cutting off their routes to petrol refineries in the gulf region (Iran depends on the majority of its petrol being refined abroad), the Obama administration is going to try and force Israel to accept an unacceptable solution to end the conflict, as if that really is the chief concern in the region.
As others have stated before, you don’t treat the symptoms, but the disease itself, and Iran is the linchpin to solving the troubles in the region, not Israel. KGS
The Obama Administration has signalled a tougher approach towards Israel ahead of fresh talks on the Middle East peace process by insisting it must endorse the creation of an independent Palestinian state.
“Israel has to work toward a two-state solution,” declared Vice-President Joe Biden today in a speech to the annual conference of a powerful pro-Israel lobby group in Washington.
“You’re not going to like my saying this,” he warned the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) before adding that the Jewish state should not build any more settlements on Palestinian territory, and should “dismantle existing outposts and allow Palestinians freedom of movement”.
President Obama later held a White House meeting with Shimon Peres, his Israeli counterpart, who holds a largely ceremonial position. But the US Administration’s message appeared to be addressed to the new right-wing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who is due to visit the White House on May 18.