Opposed to the right of Jews to build in Jerusalem, Obama’s administration can no longer be considered impartial, let alone friendly. He’s out to “liberate” the Holy Land.
Taking an extreme position — contrary to what Ambassador Michael Oren believes — is unprecedented. No American president has made Israeli settlements the issue; nor has there been such an ignorance of the threats Israel faces and a willingness to jeopardize Israel’s basic security interests. Linking action against Iran to preventing Jews from building in Judea and Samaria, areas Israel conquered in 1967, characterizes a policy of American aggressiveness against an ally rather than an enemy. The message is clear: Israel will pay the price for the establishment of another Palestinian state.
Obama’s negativity towards Israel, moreover, has encouraged other countries to join in what David Landau, former chief editor of Haaretz, advocated: the rape of Israel.
Obama’s next move will reveal his true agenda. If he demands significant concessions from the Palestinians and Arab states — for example, an end to all incitement and support for terrorist groups — his arm-twisting of Israel may seem less painful. Deeds, not rhetoric, are the test of sincerity. Lacking reciprocity, however, will only strengthen Israeli resolve. After nearly two decades of constant terrorism since the Oslo “peace” accords were signed, no Israeli government will return to that nightmare and chaos.
Israeli security forces have contained Palestinian terrorism, Hamas was defeated in Gaza, and Hezbollah — although still powerful — was beaten in Lebanon. The Israeli economy is in good shape, and the Palestinian economy is no less robust. Shopping malls in Ramallah and Jenin and vast housing projects throughout PA-controlled areas are more hopeful indicators.
A Palestinian civil war, however, is ongoing.
American-trained and -supplied PA (Fatah-affiliated) army units are still untested against more powerful and popular Hamas-linked groups in Judea and Samaria. General Keith Dayton, under whose command these new units operate, warned that they could spearhead a new wave of terrorism. Missing is a Palestinian leader who has popular support, can unite all factions, and can control the multitude of well-armed militia gangs.
Until then, what’s the point of another Arab Palestinian state?