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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Abu Mazen feels the love

'Moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen could feel the love from President Obama so clearly in Washington last Thursday, that on Saturday he went to Cairo and told Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that he will resist any changes to the 2002 'Saudi plan,' which seeks to push Israel back to the indefensible 1949 armistice lines and to flood it with 'Palestinian refugees' in exchange for a vague form of diplomatic recognition.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak yesterday that he will not accept any alterations to the Arab peace initiative. In a meeting in Cairo, Abbas also discussed with Mubarak his summit with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington last week.

After that meeting, Obama and Abbas told a press conference they were looking at ways to promote the peace process in the Middle East. At the conference, Obama stressed the need to work toward establishing a Palestinian state; he reiterated his demand that Israel halt all construction in West Bank settlements.

He also requested Abbas to step up security operations in the West Bank and "to continue to make progress in reducing the incitement and anti-Israel sentiments that are sometimes expressed in schools and mosques, because all those things are impediments to peace."
Continue to make progress? What progress has been made in reducing incitement? Textbooks? No. Television? No. Newspapers? No. So just where is this 'progress'?
Following the meeting, sources in Jerusalem expressed concern that Obama did not refer to Israel as a "Jewish state" at his press conference with Abbas.

"We don't understand why he didn't say it," a senior government official told Haaretz. "He could have, but he didn't."

The sources noted that Obama's body language was much more open at the meeting with Abbas than with Netanyahu earlier this month.

At his meeting with Mubarak, Abbas said he found a serious American administration committed to promoting the Middle East peace process and stopping settlement construction. He defined the meeting with Obama as very satisfying.
I would suggest that Obama's failure to refer to Israel as a Jewish state is the least of our problems here.

What could go wrong?

2 Comments:

At 2:37 PM, Blogger kranky said...

Israel may need to completely cease negotiating with 'Palis' while the Obama administration is in power.

It appears the 'Palis' found themselves a new friend.

Israel should be wary of every US contact at the governmental level from now on. Don't provide extra information to them, don't acknowledge information or correct misinformation.

We in the US are having a bad case of buyers remorse, so it is likely you will need wait until 2013 for the new administration. 2011 for sanity to return to congress.

 
At 8:36 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Palestinians don't have to change or compromise because in the Leftist (adopted as Obama ideology) post-modern narrative, they are the victim. Israel is the bad guy. Its that simple.

What could go wrong indeed

 

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