The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
The startling American turnabout in accepting the inclusion of Hamas in a Palestinian unity government seems like a self-fulfilling prophecy, if not actual payback for the collapse of negotiations with the Palestinians – a turn of events for which a number of administration officials pointedly blamed Israel.
Secretary of State Kerry had warned Israeli leaders that if talks with the Palestinians broke down, Israel would become increasingly isolated in the international community. And now we have the Obama administration joining the worldwide charge to legitimize a group that seeks Israel’s destruction.
But while the new development hardly augurs well for Israel, the consequences to America may be even more troublesome.
Plainly, President Obama has once again trashed one of his more important “red lines,” just as he did during the Syrian nerve gas and Iranian nuclear debacles. Of course, for Israel it is a loud message that the U.S. cannot be relied on to keep its commitments if it is willing to renege even on a promise that it would not deal with Hamas unless it renounced violence, recognized Israel’s right to exist, and promised to abide by all previous agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Ironically, though, the administration’s flip-flop will have an even more negative impact on the prospects for peace. What President Obama has in effect told the Palestinians is that concessions are not necessary. Just wait the Americans out and you’ll get what you want from them and, by extension, from Israel.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has no reason to even go through the motions of telling his people of the necessity for negotiations.
More important, for Hamas it is a vindication of their no-negotiation-with-Israel stance and will undoubtedly elevate it in the eyes of Palestinians, to the detriment of Mr. Abbas and his cohorts. This is an ominous prospect given the fact that the PA/Hamas reconciliation agreement calls for presidential and parliamentary elections in six months. Not only has Hamas been legitimized by their acceptance into a Palestinian unity government, it has been given a pivotal election issue as well.
As for those countries – including Arab countries like Saudi Arabia – that have relied on U.S. aid and protection, this is one more indication that the U.S. has no coherent foreign policy and is an unreliable friend.
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On his shloshim, I want to discuss a term I’ve heard countless times about Rav Aharon: Gedol HaDor
After obsequious claims of devotion to Israel, Obama took to criticizing Israel to on peace process
Mr. Obama, Israeli voters have democratically chosen to apply Israeli sovereignty over Judea&Samaria
Ronen Shamir’s just the latest tenured Leftist convicted of sexual misconduct with his own student
NY Times precious front page ink is only reserved for portrayals of Israel as the aggressor.
Although I loved law school, I doubted myself: Who would come to me, a chassidish woman lawyer?
American Jews who go gaga for Obama are first and foremost “Liberals of the Mosaic Persuasion”
“Illinois is the first state to take concrete, legally binding action against the BDS campaign”
Many books have supported the preferability- not to be confused with desirability- of the status quo
Consider the Pope’s desperation, reading daily reports of the slaughter of Christians by Muslims
The contrast between a Dem pretending to love Israel & a Dem who truly loves Israel is CRYSTAL CLEAR
Pentecost, derived from the Greek word for 50, is celebrated 50 days after Easter.
U.S and European demands for the creation of a Palestinian State in the West Bank is world hypocrisy.
We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.
“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
The president is unwilling to cede any of what he considers his exclusive powers in the area of foreign policy and has struggled mightily to keep the Senate away from any role in the kind of deal to be negotiated.
A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.
More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.
For our community, Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record will doubtless attract the most attention. And it is a most interesting one.
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