The White House wants a two-state solution and is concerned about Prime Minister Netanyahu’s turnaround on the establishment of a Palestinian state. He is “seriously considering” abandoning Israel at the United Nations and will refuse to deal directly with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a NY Times article Thursday.
Not wanting to work directly with Netanyahu because he doesn’t want to “waste his time,” is beneath the office of the president.
Barack Obama wants Israel to go back to the 1967 borders. The 1967 borders are indefensible and most in Israel don’t want it. No one of import is even talking about Palestine right now. It’s his issue.
According to The New York Times, the administration officials close to the Obama administration said the president is seriously considering signing on to the U.N. Security Council resolution “embodying the principles of a two-state solution that would include Israel’s 1967 borders with Palestine and mutually agreed swaps of territory,” according to The New York Times.
At the same time, the U.S. officials are claiming the relationship between the U.S. and Israel will remain strong but the president will no longer deal directly with Netanyahu unless necessary. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry would take over along with Pentagon officials.
“The president is a pretty pragmatic person and if he felt it would be useful, he will certainly engage,” the Times quoted a senior administration official as saying. “But he’s not going to waste his time,” he added.
Obama might “find it impossible to mend the frayed ties to Netanyahu,” the Times read.
It’s either 1967 borders or nothing.
“The premise of our position internationally has been to support direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” a senior White House official said. “We are now in a reality where the Israeli government no longer supports direct negotiations. Therefore we clearly have to factor that into our decisions going forward.”
Obama appears to be using the divide and conquer technique in Israel as he has done in the United States.
The Times quotes Obama as saying Netanyahu’s campaign rhetoric is an attempt to “marginalize Arab-Israeli citizens” and that it is inconsistent with the values that bind Israel and the United States.
Mr. Obama on Air Force One on Wednesday warned that Mr. Netanyahu’s statement about never accepting the two-state solution was “deeply concerning and it is divisive and I can tell you that these are views the administration intends to communicate directly to the Israelis.”
Left-wing media has claimed in the last two days that Netanyahu mentioning Palestinians were bused to the polls is racism even though they are the same race. That’s apparently the best they could do.
Daniel Levy, the head of the Middle East and North Africa program at the European Council on Foreign Relations, warned the administration’s patience is growing thin.
“What the Obama administration is saying is that, ‘Yes, we’re still committed to you,’ ” Mr. Levy said. “But if you don’t give us something to work with, we can’t continue to carry the rest of the world for you.”
President Obama will move ahead with the Iranian deal and he will then demand Israel stop building apartments (settlements) in areas won in the 1967 war, according to the Times.