Joe Biden (read Obama) has increased pressure on Israel to resolve their conflict with the Palestinians in a 2-party manner. Story here.
The United States stepped up pressure on Israel’s new right-leaning government on Tuesday to accept the goal of a Palestinian state and halt expansion of Jewish settlements on occupied land.
Israel has to work for a two state-solution — you’re not going to like my saying this — but not build more settlements, dismantle existing outposts and allow Palestinians freedom of movement … and access to economic opportunity,” Vice President Joe Biden said.
His comments in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the leading U.S. pro-Israel lobby, went further than remarks made by President Barack Obama in his White House meeting last month with Jordan’s King Abdullah in which he reiterated his support for a two-state solution.
This last paragraph, specifically “went further than remarks…”, is to me a clear indication that this is future US policy but Obama wants to play it safe and have someone else run it up the flagpole and take all subsequent heat if the idea is unpopular.
I’m sure not every single one of you is perfectly happy with how the State of Israel came into being (I am), but that is irrelevant at this point. The fact is that Israel is our one and only true ally out there in the Mid East and the last thing we should do is alienate them. They have proven they can manage on their own, though it would be significantly more difficult without our help, but the United States cannot afford to stab the one country who agrees with our principles in the back. We need Israel and the hostile Arab states know this. In addition to their anti-semitism, this understanding is behind their determination to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.
Obama is paranoid of appearing in any way, shape, or form like W. and, since Bush realized Israel’s importance for our country’s success in the Middle east and acted accordingly, Obama does not want to anger the all important Arab countries like Iran by showing any similar support of Israel. Also, Israel is a very small country and since we all know that Obama is about the numbers, he would rather win a popularity contest in any other country in the Middle East than Israel.
After reading Biden’s remarks about Israel and feeling down, he then goes on to kick us in the teeth with this gem –
“The United States will approach Iran initially in the spirit of mutual respect — we want Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations politically and economically,” Biden said.
How long can the Obama WH pretend that Iran is going to change and suddenly decide to play ball? I’m too angry to even address this complacent Chamberlain-esque approach to Iran by Obama. Fin.