The President’s pressuring of Israel is harmful to prospects for peace.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
President Obama is pressuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make peace right quick — with an implicit threat that otherwise the Jewish state will lose legitimacy. That’s profoundly wrong.
In an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of Bloomberg View, Obama asserted that “if Palestinians come to believe that the possibility of a contiguous, sovereign Palestinian state is no longer within reach, then our ability to manage the international fallout is going to be limited.”
Those words give pernicious credibility to a corrosive movement that sees Israel as the root of all evil in the Middle East.
In fact, it’s the Palestinians, nominally led by Mahmoud Abbas, who are unprepared to formally recognize Israel. In fact, it’s Hamas that is committed to terrorizing and ultimately obliterating Israel. In fact, Israel has repeatedly shown a willingness to strike a deal to recognize a Palestinian state roughly along the 1967 borders, only to see Palestinian leaders walk away. Thrice bitten, fourth time shy.
Speaking Tuesday to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Netanyahu correctly said: “If this peace is to be more than just a brief interlude, Israel needs security arrangements.”
Obama’s strong-arming will never change that truth. He owes America’s closest ally in the region far better.