Obama Throws Palestine Under the Bus
(AntiWar.com) -- by Jim Lobe --
The right-wing government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could not be more pleased.
Not only did the allegedly most “anti-Israel” president ever repeat, for the nth time, that “America’s commitment to Israel’s security is unshakeable,” he also made it crystal clear that Washington will veto any Palestinian application to the U.N. Security Council for statehood in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly.
Not once did he refer to Jewish “settlements” on Palestinian lands, nor did he even use the word “occupied” — or any derivative of that word — to describe those lands and their people in an address that was largely, if ironically, devoted to celebrating this year’s Arab struggles to end autocratic rule in their region.
Nor was there a word about the plight of the still besieged population of Gaza, or about the “1967 borders” as being the basis for any eventual two-state solution, a formula to which Netanyahu and his U.S. allies vehemently objected much to the consternation and exasperation of the White House only four months ago.
Indeed, President Barack Hussein Obama, as his right-wing and Islamophobic critics like to call him, said nothing to which even the most right-wing faction of Netanyahu’s government could object.
“I congratulate President Obama, and I am ready to sign on this speech with both hands,” enthused Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, the leader of the far-right — some say proto-fascist — Yisrael Beiteinu Party, while Netanyahu himself called Obama’s address to the U.N. General Assembly “a badge of honor.”
“Listening to him, you would think it was the Palestinians who occupy Israel,” Hanan Ashrawi, a veteran Palestinian stateswoman, told Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, noting what even The New York Times suggested seemed to be the “hypocritical” nature of Obama’s enthusiasm for Arab democracy movements.
“He presented a double standard when he disassociated the Arabs’ fight for their freedom in the region from the Palestinian freedom fighters, who deal with the occupation for 63 years,” she said.
“What we heard is precisely why we are going to the U.N.,” she added, sounding a theme that has been taken up all week by many Middle East specialists: By siding so ostentatiously with Netanyahu and against the Palestinian bid for statehood, Obama has forfeited Washington’s 20-year exclusivity as broker of the clearly broken “peace process” between the two parties — a point made implicitly by the French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s call for the General Assembly to upgrade Palestine’s status to a non-member state.
“Witnessing Netanyahu’s stubborn rejectionism and President Obama’s inability to move the ball forward, President Sarkozy appears to be acting on Obama’s prediction last May at AIPAC [the annual meeting of the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee] — that if there is no credible peace process, then others, including Europeans, will lose patience and pursue alternatives to direct negotiations, including at the U.N.,” according to Daniel Levy, a former Israeli peace negotiator now based at the New America Foundation.
Such alternatives will likely become more urgent, he noted, as a result of the “post-Arab Awakening era, one in which Arab democracy will be less tolerant of Palestinian disenfranchisement than Arab autocracy ever was.”
So why did Obama, who, speaking at the same podium exactly one year ago, set a deadline of this week for an agreement on Palestinian statehood, capitulate so abjectly to Netanyahu and the Israeli right?
While his administration’s defenders claim it has everything to do with keeping the “peace process” alive and minimizing the chances of a new round of violence between Palestinians and Israelis, the answer is politics, or, more precisely, the perceived power of the AIPAC-led “Israel Lobby” in an election year.
“Once again, the transformational Obama has been sold out by the political Obama,” wrote David Rothkopf, a national security expert at the Carnegie Endowment, on his ForeignPolicy.com blog early in the week.
Given his fading approval ratings and an economy that shows no signs of substantial improvement any time soon, the White House and Democrats on Capitol Hill appear increasingly panicked over their reelection prospects in November 2012.
They will do nothing that risks alienating key constituencies, particularly Jewish voters in a couple of key “swing states,” but most especially Jewish donors who account for an estimated between 40 and 50 percent of all contributions to national Democratic campaigns...MORE...LINK
Chris Moore comments:
The nasty truth is that the Left is as much a tool of Zionism both today and in its ignoble past as is the quasi-fascist, neocon Right. The Left wants Americans to believe that if only it is granted the reigns of power, the Palestinians will attain justice. Yet, here we’ve seen Obama and the Democrats with near absolute power starting with Obama’s election, and the Palestinians’ plight (let alone U.S. wars in the Mideast) is as bad or worse than ever.
It’s at this point that left-wingers usually say: “Oh, well Obama and the Democratic Party aren’t really left-wing.” Really, then why is it that the Communist Party USA endorsed Obama for re-election?
Right-wingers and left-wingers are flip sides of the same statist-totalitarian coin and its murderous, thieving racket.
Organized Jewish stranglehold on Democratic Party documented
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