Friday, December 10, 2010

Israel Slammed For Rejecting Non-Existent Obama 'Offer' On Building Freeze!?!

When the United States officially announced that negotiations over the proposed extension of Israel's building freeze had failed, an interesting thing happened. The way the news was announced, it was phrased in such a way as to appear that the Israelis had rejected a handsome US offer out of sheer intransigence.

The usual sources and anti-Israel pundits - the BBC, the UK's Financial Times, Andrew Sullivan, CBS, The Guardian, the New York Times - all repeated this narrative.

I have to confess, I'm puzzled. What 'offer' is Israeli PM Netanyahu supposed to have rejected?

Originally, Netanyahu sat down with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and she apparently - we don't know for certain exactly what was said - made Netanyahu a number of offers and assurances to enable Netanyahu to go to his cabinet and try and extend the unpopular unilateral 10 month building freeze.

As I pointed out at the time, the initial offer as reported was hardly all that advantageous for Israel, but Netanyahu requested the terms in writing so he could present them to his cabinet. And a funny thing happened as time went on - the longer the Israelis waited for SecState Clinton's assurances to Netanyahu in writing, the more those assurances melted away.

Although the Israelis were assured time and time again that a letter outlining the terms of the Obama Administration's offer in writing were en route, in the end it never arrived. So the reality is that in spite of how this is being spun, the Israelis never 'rejected' a US offer to extend the settlement freeze - because they never received one.

It's pretty obvious to me that what we're seeing here is a failed attempt at one of the oldest cons in the book, the bait-and-switch. Obama and Clinton were willing to appear to offer the Israelis something, but they had no intention of delivering, and certainly not of putting anything in writing that could be referred to later. What they were hoping was that Netanyahu would take Clinton's promises at face value..and after the freeze was in place, the Obama Administration could then 're-interpret' the deal to Israel's disadvantage.

Unfortunately for them, Netanyahu had been down this road with Clinton before, when she and Obama blatantly lied about President's Bush's 2004 letter and assurances to Ariel Sharon recognizing Israel’s claim to parts of Judea and Samaria in any peace agreement, among other things. They simply reneged on it and claimed it never happened.

No one is mentioning the 'Palestinians' intransigence as a reason for the failure of the talks,but then, the 'Palestinians' made no secret about the fact that they had no intentions of negotiating anything with Israel. That's why they waited until there were only two weeks left in Israel's unilateral ten-month freeze before opening direct talks, and then walked away to deliberately create a crisis.

Instead, their strategy is to abrogate Oslo and the Roadmap and to go the the UN Security Council and get a resolution recognizing 'Palestine' on the pre-1967 borders, thus further isolating Israel. In fact, the 'Palestinians' have already said (in Arabic, of course) that they're no longer bound by the Oslo Accord and that all of Israel is fair game for 'liberation'.

The 'Palestinians' can undoubtedly get such a resolution, provided the US abstains and does not use its veto. ..and there's an excellent chance that President Barack Hussein Obama, the most hostile president towards Israel in US history will do exactly that.

In fact, there's a better than even chance that Obama has already worked this out with the 'Palestinians' beforehand.

However, I think the US will likely make an attempt at imposing a solution on Israel in favor of the 'Palestinians' before that, with the threat of a US abstention as a likely arm twister. A key to what might be coming will be Hillary Clinton's policy speech today at the Saban Center. Look for phrases like 'bridging proposals'.

UPDATE: Secretary of State Clinton made her speech, and what did I tell you:

"The United States will not be a passive participant," Clinton said in her speech at the Brookings Institution's Saban Center for Middle East Policy.

"We will push the parties to lay out their positions on the core issues without delay, and with real specificity," she said.

"We will work to narrow the gaps, asking tough questions and expecting substantive answers. And, in the context of our private conversations with the parties, we will offer our own ideas and bridging proposals when appropriate."

(Cross posted at American Thinker and Big Peace.)

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B.Poster said...

Is there ANY THING Congress can do to put a stop to this? I'm hoping the US walked away from this because it has bigger problems than a dispute involving people on the other side of the world right now. As such, I'm hoping the US will not be focusing on this and that its leaders will focus on things that will address the problems that America faces.

Even if America could somehow solve the Israeli/Arab conflict this does NOTHING to fix any of America's problems. In fact, quite the opposite is true. By involving ourselves in this there is significant risk to America without any real benefit to America should a solution somehow be reached.

Sane people do not involve theirselves in things that carry significant risk to them without a possibilty of big benefits to them should they be successful. At a minimum, should a sane person find themselves in such a predicament, they would work tirelessly to extricate themselves from such a situation in as timely a manner as possible.

Hopefully this is what Aemrica's leaders are doing here. If the Administration is not, then there should be something Congress can do to redirect their focus to whree it should be. Our decidely pro-Arab policies over the last few years have done nothing to enhance our standing in the Arab world. This should tell us something.

Israel is fully capable of countering any threats to them without any help from America. The best thing for America and Israel would be for America to simply get out of Israel's way.

Anonymous said...

The U.S. should go back to being a trong friend to Israel. Peopled in the U.S. are getting very fed up with barry's muslim-love.