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Purveyor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-14-11 12:31 PM
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Netanyahu's Trap For America
There is no likelihood that the US will do the logical thing and vote for Palestinian statehood in the UN this fall. The US position will remain that peace will only come from the two parties with the US or the Quartet facilitating. But at this point, hasn't that option been totally played out? When the US exercises even a smidgen of even-handedness, as in Obama's recent speech, the pro-Israel fanatics have a cow. They have a cow every time Obama deviates from the hardest Israeli line of the moment. After two and a half years, it is clear this is going nowhere, apart from a consolidation of Israel's grip on the West Bank, the continued humiliation of the American president, and even greater transparency in America's faltering global power.

The logical next step would surely be to take the US out of the equation. We have become an enabler of Israeli intransigence, and the last two years have proven nothing except that Obama's hands are tied and that Israel and the US Congress run this relationship, as Netanyahu has memorably bragged about in the past. The promise of Cairo has been sabotaged by the Netanyahu government, the AIPAC Democrats, the AIPAC Republicans and the Christianist base. Continuing to keep up the charade that the US government has some kind of leverage or even appeal with the Israeli government is getting more than a little ridiculous.

Moreover, the days when the US could both back Israel in everything and keep the Arab world's dictators and even democracies appeased is fast coming to an end. The Arab Spring is not just a reckoning for Irsael; it is a reckoning for the US-Israel relationship. If and when an Egyptian democratic government insists on a two-state solution, the US will have to choose between Israel and Egypt. We will just as starkly have to choose between Israel and Iraq, and between Israel and Jordan. In the WaPo today, we have also been warned that we will have to choose between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Here's Saudi macher, Turki al-Faisal, laying it on the line:

History will prove wrong those who imagine that the future of Palestine will be determined by the United States and Israel. There will be disastrous consequences for U.S.-Saudi relations if the United States vetoes U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state. It would mark a nadir in the decades-long relationship as well as irrevocably damage the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Americas reputation among Arab nations. The ideological distance between the Muslim world and the West in general would widen and opportunities for friendship and cooperation between the two could vanish.


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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-14-11 12:48 PM
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1. Translation: Israel better do everything Hamas, the PLO, Iran, Saudi Arabia & Syria demand.
Or else!

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tootrueleft Donating Member (385 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-14-11 06:25 PM
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4. Translation: Israel should give the people it has devastated the same justice & future IT received.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-14-11 04:38 PM
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2. Andrew Sullivan should not be seen as a great thinker
He was a Thatcherite, is still an economic right-winger, and supported the Iraq war at first.
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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-14-11 04:42 PM
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3. That and far worse can all be forgiven if he bashes Israel. n/t
Edited on Tue Jun-14-11 04:42 PM by shira
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