But they do — and here’s the irony in Obama’s case — have the traditional white man’s view of that same Arab world — to wit, Arabs are crazy and primitive. (Yes, this is racist. And, in Obama’s case, undoubtedly leavened with a soupçon of anti-imperialist payback.) Ergo, pressure can only be put on Israel. This is not unique to the Obama administration. As was reported in the Jerusalem Post Monday:
Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin told Israel Radio that Kerry’s remarks represented a pattern that had developed over the past 20 years, in which the international community finds it easier to pressure Israel rather than the Palestinians, despite who it believes is in the right.
So Kerry and Obama don’t treat Arabs like grown-ups, demanding of them the same responsibility they would immediately of a Western European country. And of course if you treat someone like a child, they will behave like one.
In addition, to justify this prevarication, some wizards at the State Department have dredged up some documents signed by Yasser Arafat acknowledging Israel as a Jewish state, as if the signature of the deceased terrorist, who never had any intention of making peace with Israel in the first place, was relevant to the current situation.
So now, with the U.S. behaving like a “pitiful helpless giant” in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine and Crimea, we have the spectacle of college student Holocaust denier Mahmoud Abbas in a White House tete-a-tete with our president without the requisite preview interview with Jeffrey Goldberg to warn the kleptocrat Palestinian leader of any necessary compromises he might be asked for. Just more demands for Israel. How morally corrupt. How reprehensible.