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NYT: Obama Signals Shift Against Israel

Some ‘news analysis’ from the New York Times:

Muslims pray outside the Al-Aqsa compound, Islam’s third-holiest site, in Jerusalem’s Old City March 29, 2010.

Obama Speech Signals a U.S. Shift on Middle East


April 14, 2010

WASHINGTON — It was just a phrase at the end of President Obama’s news conference on Tuesday, but it was a stark reminder of a far-reaching shift in how the United States views the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and how aggressively it might push for a peace agreement.

When Mr. Obama declared that resolving the long-running Middle East dispute was a “vital national security interest of the United States,” he was highlighting a change that has resulted from a lengthy debate among his top officials over how best to balance support for Israel against other American interests.

This shift, described by administration officials who did not want to be quoted by name when discussing internal discussions, is driving the White House’s urgency to help broker a Middle East peace deal. It increases the likelihood that Mr. Obama, frustrated by the inability of the Israelis and the Palestinians to come to terms, will offer his own proposed parameters for an eventual Palestinian state.

Mr. Obama said conflicts like the one in the Middle East ended up “costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure” — drawing an explicit link between the Israeli-Palestinian strife and the safety of American soldiers as they battle Islamic extremism and terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Mr. Obama’s words reverberated through diplomatic circles in large part because they echoed those of Gen. David H. Petraeus, the military commander overseeing America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In recent Congressional testimony, the general said that the lack of progress in the Middle East created a hostile environment for the United States. He has denied reports that he was suggesting that soldiers were being put in harm’s way by American support for Israel.

But the impasse in negotiations “does create an environment,” he said Tuesday in a speech in Washington. “It does contribute, if you will, to the overall environment within which we operate.” …

The Obama administration’s new thinking, and the tougher policies toward Israel that could flow from it, has alarmed American Jewish leaders accustomed to the Bush administration’s steadfast support. They are not used to seeing issues like Jewish housing in the West Bank or East Jerusalem linked, even by implication, to the security of American soldiers. Some fret that it raises questions about the centrality of the American alliance with Israel, which the administration flatly denies

The administration’s immediate priority, officials said, is jump-starting indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians. There is still a vigorous debate inside the administration about what to do if such talks were to go nowhere, which experts said is the likeliest result, given the history of such negotiations. Some officials, like Gen. James L. Jones, the national security adviser, advocate putting forward an American peace plan, while others, like the longtime Middle East peace negotiator Dennis B. Ross, who now works in the National Security Council, favor a more incremental approach…

“The president is re-evaluating the tactics his administration is employing toward Israel and the entire Middle East,” said Robert Wexler, a former Democratic congressman who resigned in January to lead the Center for Middle East Peace, a Washington-based nonprofit institution that is working for a peace agreement.

“I don’t think that anybody believes American lives are endangered or materially affected by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said Mr. Wexler, who has close ties to administration officials. “That’s an oversimplification. However, you’d have to have blinders on not to recognize that there are issues in one arena that affect other arenas.”

Is Obama trying to gain us membership in the European Union with this anti-Israel attitude?

And speaking of the incredibly bizarre Mr. Wexler, notice that the New York Times waited until the special election in Florida was decided before announcing Mr. Obama’s new policy towards Israel.

(Though the incredibly dense Florida voters never seemed to notice Mr. Wexler’s own peculiar brand of anti-Semitism. Hint: Mr. Wexler has been endorsed in the past by the anti-Israel ‘J Street’ political action committee.)

Lest we forget, this is the same Mr. Obama who feigned outrage during the campaign when President Bush mentioned the dangers of appeasement while in Israel.

But what is this shift in policy besides an obvious knuckling under to Muslim threats?

Terrorism wins again.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 15th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “NYT: Obama Signals Shift Against Israel”

  1. BillK says:

    Is this at all surprising given the anti-Israel attitude expressed in, of all places, Hollywood?

    Despite a large Jewish community, they’ve always been, well, embarrassed by how “hostile” Israel has become; they prefer to think of Israel as a concept rather than an actual country facing extinction at every turn.

    You know, why can’t Israel be more like Chinatown or Little Italy and just be that cute district in the Middle East where you can get a good lox?

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Genesis 12:3 – I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you.

    You can’t get more demonstrative of the God-hating liberal mindset than to put Israel at risk.

    Or, as my favorite t-shirt of all time says … http://www.cafepress.com/sixdays.139351847#

  3. proreason says:

    It’s a microcosm of the Obamy mind.

    Support terrorists. Abandon allies.
    Support dictators. Abandon freedom.
    Support deadbeats. Assault entrepreneurs.
    Support censorship. Limit free speach.

    Contol. Hatred of American values. Destruction of the middle class. Anti Freedom. Self adoration.

    This guy was elected and still has substantial support in the greatest beacon of freedom the world has ever seen.

    It doesn’t inspire one with confidence that our kids will be able to live happy lives.

    Evil does exist in the world. And it’s rooted in the White House.

  4. North Ross says:

    Your use of the word terror is ironic. How many people has the US terrified while carpet bombing places that lack even electricity? I would opine that since the end of WW2, America has terrified (and killed) more people than any entities combined until that point. You can’t see the war crimes for the trees and your idea of combat has by and large become a video game. Repeat the phrase “I am not exceptional”. Israelis too. Your day is near and you won’t be “raptured”. Nuclear armed wingnuts are not among the blessed.

    • proreason says:

      You need to move to another country to maintain your integrity, North Ross.

      America is incapable of living up to your ethical standards. People here are always coming up with excuses to carpet bomb innocents, torture people who disagree with us, or otherwise exploit natives in our video game of life. It’s been going on for decades and it will never end. Just look at Obama, as the latest example. How many innocent lives has that monster snuffed out with his unconscionable drone war in Afghanistan?

      How can a person with as lofty principles as you have remain in this moral wasteland? Frankly, with so many wonderful places to live in this world, if you don’t leave, you are being the ultimate hypocrit. Your ethics compel you to go to a better place. As it is now, you are worse than us because all you do is whine like a little girl.

      Cuba, Venezuala, Iran, Syria, China all quickly come to mind. Any one of those countries will be a happier home for you. You will be able to criticize us at will without being such an blatant hypocrit.

    • joeblough says:

      Terrorism is a tactic. Distasteful to be sure, but one with a long pedigree.

      The problem with terrorism as practiced by the mohammedan supremacists isn’t the terrorism … it’s the mohammedan supremacism!

      We are not simply responsible for how we fight, but what we are fighting for.

      Need an illustration?

      We bombed the hell out of civilians in Nagasaki — and look at Japan today.

      The mohammedans slaughtered the Buddhists of Afghanistan, and look at Afghanistan today.

      We bombed the hell out of civilians in Dresden — and look at Germany today.

      The mohammedans are in the process of killing off or chasing away the Catholics of Lebanon right now, and look at Lebanon.

      It’s not just how you fight but what you fight for.


      Oh, BTW, the assertion that America is holding some sort of 1st place prize for human slaughter is a pile of steaming goat custard.

      We’re not even eligible for the professional leagues in that contest.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      There’s no talking to NR because he/she just won’t get it. Too programmed by the education system, or left behind by the 60’s. It doesn’t matter. Perhaps NR won’t be satisfied until we’re all living in mud huts and burning peat for heat.

      NR, before you open your mouth and remove all doubt about your ignorance, use the keyboard in front of you and investigate the statistics you are embracing. Though it is likely that carpet-bombing in Vietnam may have killed a great number of civilians, it was what brought North Vietnam to the table.

      Had the lefties like you not convinced the MSM to hate all things war, thus allowing the US et al to ABANDON those in South Vietnam still trying to fight for their freedom, they might be a fine democratic state. Sadly, the world will never know.

      But bear in mind the things that the MSM does not tell you about these days. The trafficking in humans done the world over, children sold as slaves, the genocide that occurs in the tropical regions of the African continent, and much, much more.

      You might do well to travel some. See the world as it really is. There are many who have done so and literally kissed US Soil whence they returned here.

      Here’s an idea…try anywhere in the middle east that is muslim. See if you can even stay alive. You think the US is bad? Try North Africa, my friend.

      Heck, just go to Mexico where the Americans seldom travel and 1) see how they live and 2) see if you can stay out of trouble. And 3) if you DO get into trouble, see if you can even get some sort of legal help to get out of it.

      You are an ignorant soul, NR. Very ignorant indeed. You seem to be the type of person who wants to roll a grenade in here and then watch as you suppose we engage in calling you names or drop the F-bomb on you. Nope, that’s what happens in the lefty blogs, not here.

      Here people are thoughtful and concerned enough about this nation’s direction to actually believe that the Constitution means something, that fighting for what’s right is important, not a punchline at a party, and that ALL Americans (including you, if you are one) have a right to stand up and say ENOUGH!

      This current form of government is spending money in unbelievable rapidity. Where does all the money come from to pay for it all? And, where are all the jobs? Where’s the improvement? Where’s the “change”?

      I’ll tell you: It’s in the fact that the nation will “go Europe” and be as broke as they are…and I’ve lived in three of those European nations and they were all happy to have the government pay for everything…but not at the expense of how much they paid in taxes. Just the direction we’re heading.

      It’s probably ok for you though, as you sound like one who has been fed off the government tit for a long time and likes it. No worries, no hassles, no responsibility.

      Good for you.

      So let us know where you come from NR…Let’s get a sense of who you really are and why you think the way you do. Or is that too much to ask? Or are you embarrassed?

      Come on…let’s hear it.

    • crate says:

      Hey NR Really, If America has done all this you say… Then leave.. I am assuming you live in USA..Really since WWII we have killed more people…. What about Soviet Union, Darfur,Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, Palestine, Oh and of course that Religion of Peace… How many have died for that?????? Oh I forget China.Sadam Hussien, Iraq how many he killed??? The list is endless.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      I don’t doubt for a second that NR would leave evil America in seconds flat if only it weren’t for that darned volcanic ash making flight so unsafe at the moment!

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