Thursday, April 15, 2010

Obama on a collision course with reality

Obama Speech Signals a U.S. Shift on Middle East -Mark Landler & Helene Cooper

It was just a phrase at the end of President Obama’s news conference, but it was a stark reminder of a far-reaching shift in how the United States views the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and how aggressively it might push for a peace agreement.

Mr. Obama declared that resolving the long-running Middle East dispute was a “vital national security interest of the United States"...

Mr. Obama said conflicts like the one in the Middle East ended up “costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure” — drawing an explicit link between the Israeli-Palestinian strife and the safety of American soldiers as they battle Islamic extremism and terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Several officials point out that Mr. Obama has now seized control of Middle East policy himself...

Among American Jewish groups, there is...alarm about the administration’s new direction.
[New York Times]

It Is the Palestinians, Not Israel, Who Refuse to Negotiate -Ronald S. Lauder

The conflict's root cause has always been the Palestinian refusal to accept Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

Every American president who has tried to broker a peace agreement has collided with that Palestinian intransigence, sooner or later.
(World Jewish Congress)

U.S. Acts as Though It Seeks Regime Change in Israel -Aaron David Miller

Regime change generally is a term and tactic reserved for America's enemies.
(Los Angeles Times)

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