We told you all along that in his second term Obama would impose a settlement on Israel according to what he viewed as reasonable:
Obama will force his vision of a settlement on Israel in a second term.Obama envisions a return to the 1949 Armistice line (aka the pre-1967 borders) perhaps with very minor adjustments. As David Horwitz of The Times of Israel wrote just before Obama’s second inauguration:
Broadly speaking, Obama’s course is set. He has nobody and nothing but his own worldview to answer to. And he reckons it has served him pretty well thus far. This week’s suggestions that Obama is convinced he understands far better than Netanyahu where Israel’s interests lie are nothing new; he has always been convinced he understands far better than Netanyahu where Israel’s interests lie — and that few of them are to be found beyond the pre-1967 lines.And that is coming true right before our eyes.
John Kerry has openly sided with the Palestinians on key final agreement points: That Israel controlling any land beyond the 1949 Armistice line is “illegitimate” and land that eventually will be part of a Palestinian state, and that there must be not a single Israeli soldier left anywhere on the West Bank.
This means the historic Jewish Quarter of Old Jerusalem and the Western Wall become part of a Palestinian state, the illegal Jordanian occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem becomes memorialized, Israel reverts to the “Auschwitz borders,” Judea and Samaria become Judenfrei, and defensible positions including in the Jordan Valley are lost.
Kerry stakes out this result as the American position, but it is not the final Palestinian position. This never has been just about land, but about the refusal to this day to accept the Jewish State of Israel (the acceptance of Islamic States, of course, is a given.)
Israel is furious, but there’s little it can do. It is dependent upon the United States not so much for military protectionm, but for protestion against the multi-decade push to delegitimize Israel.
Kerry knew exactly what he was doing when he threatened Israel with further international isolation — Kerry dangled the sword of allowing the Israel-haters at the U.N. to get their way. It is not the first time the Obama administration has held it’s U.N. Security Council veto power over Israel’s head.
As I wrote just before the 2008 election, warning of the danger Obama posed to Israel:
There is only one person in the world who can destroy Israel. That person is not the leader of Syria or Iran, or the head of some terrorist group. The only person who can destroy Israel is the President of the United States, whose decisions in times of crisis affect Israel’s survival.That person now also is moving swiftly to strike a deal that allows Iran to continue its nuclear program while easing sanctions that actually are working. Predictably, the false dichotomy of war versus bad agreement will be raised. In fact, staying the course on Iranian sanctions until Iran agrees to halt its nuclear enrichment program completely is attainable.
Yet Kerry bolted for Geneva, after publicly attacking Israel, to try to finalize a bad deal. It’s not a done deal yet, but it’s getting close.
We’re now learning that the easing of sanctions on Iran has been going on for months in secret, Exclusive: Obama’s Secret Iran Détente:
The Obama administration began softening sanctions on Iran after the election of Iran’s new president in June, months before the current round of nuclear talks in Geneva or the historic phone call between the two leaders in September.Israel feels betrayed, as it should (via Weekly Standard):
While those negotiations now appear on the verge of a breakthrough the key condition for Iran—relief from crippling sanctions—began quietly and modestly five months ago.
A review of Treasury Department notices reveals that the U.S. government has all but stopped the financial blacklisting of entities and people that help Iran evade international sanctions since the election of its president, Hassan Rouhani, in June.
“I met Secretary Kerry right before he leaves to Geneva,” said Netanyhau. “I reminded him that he said that no deal is better than a bad deal. That the deal that is being discussed in Geneva right now is a bad deal. It’s a very bad deal. Iran is not required to take apart even one centrifuge. But the international community is relieving sanctions on Iran for the first time after many years. Iran gets everything that it wanted at this stage and it pays nothing. And this is when Iran is under severe pressure. I urge Secretary Kerry not to rush to sign, to wait, to reconsider, to get a good deal. But this is a bad deal–a very, very bad deal. It’s the deal of a century for Iran; it’s a very dangerous and bad deal for peace and the international community.”Meanwhile, Iran reminds us what is at stake.
Via Iranian Television: