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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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The decision to not publicly light the Menorah in Sydney, epitomizes the eternal dilemma of Judaism and Jews in the Diaspora.
Am Yisrael is one family, filled with excruciating pain&sorrow for losing the 4 kedoshim of Har Nof
What is its message of the dreidel?” The complexity and hidden nature of history and miracles.
Police play down Arab terrorism as mere “violence” until the truth can no longer be hidden.
The 7 branches of the menorah represent the 7 pillars of secular wisdom, knowledge, and science.
Obama obtained NO verifiable commitments from Cuba it would desist from acts prejudicial to the US
No one would deny that the program subjected detainees to less than pleasant treatment, but the salient point is, for what purpose?
For the past six years President Obama has consistently deplored all Palestinian efforts to end-run negotiations in search of a UN-imposed agreement on Israel.
It’s not an admiration. It is simply a kind of journalist fascination. It stands out, it’s different from more traditional Orthodoxy.
For Am Yisrael, the sun’s movements are subservient to the purpose of our existence.
Israelis now know Arab terrorism isn’t caused by Israeli occupation but by ending Israeli occupation
Anti-Semitism is a social toxin that destroys the things that people most cherish and enjoy.
Amb. Cooper highlighted the impact of the Chanukah/Maccabee spirit on America’s Founding Fathers
It seems to us that while the Jewish entitlement to the land of Israel transcends the Holocaust, the Jewish experience during that tragic time is the most solid of foundations for these “national rights.”
Last year the Obama administration sought to minimize civilian deaths from drone strikes by generally requiring that missile attacks be limited to instances where Americans were directly threatened and there was a “near certainty” that no civilians would be killed.
If anything, Operation Protective Edge showed that Israel will not pull punches when it comes to combating terror.
Toward the end of Operation Protective Edge this past summer, the president was unusually vocal about Israel’s so-called disproportionate use of force and alleged lack of compliance with international humanitarian law.
There was no accompanying caption, but the cartoon could not help but feed the anti-Semitic canard that Israel was responsible for 9/11.
An accomplished Torah scholar and ardent adherent of Bobov chassidus, he was renowned for his self-effacing dedication and skills as an international lawyer and law professor
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