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May 25, 2011 / J. Shaw

Obama Is the Most Hostile Sitting U.S. President In the History of Israel

By Anne Bayefsky, There is some logic in the fact that President  Obama has fled the country while Israel’s  Prime Minister Netanyahu addresses Congress. With Obama’s comments this past  week on Israel, the president now appears to many as the most hostile sitting  president in the history of the Jewish state.

A key casualty of the assault Obama launched this  past week on Israel and its Prime Minister, is the prospect of  Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. When Palestinians move to declare statehood  unilaterally in the fall with U.N. support, it will be President Obama himself  who will have laid the groundwork.

Two years ago President Obama prompted Palestinians  to withdraw from negotiations after he attempted to dictate to Israel the terms  of a deal on the settlements issue. Now that the president has similarly  projected what the territorial outcome “should be,” Palestinians will abjure  negotiations into the foreseeable future.

The mere lip service that the president paid to  negotiations was heard around the world, especially in Palestinian circles. “While the core issues of the conflict must be negotiated…” Obama began,  followed by a series of “should be” pronouncements.

The president’s Sunday speech to the pro-Israel  group AIPAC did not fundamentally change his earlier effort on Thursday as  territorial fiat.

According to the president, the baseline of a final  settlement “should be” the 1967 lines and any different outcome would be subject  to “mutually agreed swaps.” But “mutually agreed” entails a Palestinian veto,  and the potential for their insisting on the indefensible 1967 lines within the  Obama formula.

President Obama’s 1967 baseline comment was no  accident; it was a deliberate provocation. As he unabashedly told the AIPAC  audience: “I know that stating these principles — on the issues of territory  and security — generated some controversy…I wasn’t surprised.”

Mr. Obama has also sabotaged negotiations by  refusing to assign responsibility for the current absence of negotiations where  it belongs. As far as Obama is concerned, the fact that Hamas“is unwilling to recognize Israel’s right to exist” simply “raises  questions.”

The President even professed ignorance about the  path of Hamas, despite the group’s Charter which calls for “Jihad” until Israel  is “obliterated.” In the president’s words: “Palestinian leaders will not  achieve peace or prosperity if Hamas insists on a path of terror  and rejection.” If!

Those pushing a U.N.-backed unilateral declaration  of statehood or independence (UDI), in lieu of negotiations, will also have  taken sustenance from the President’s remarks. He suggested such sentiments are  eminently understandable:

“There’s a reason why the Palestinians are pursuing  their interests at the United  Nations. They recognize that there is an impatience with the peace process,  or the absence of one…And that impatience is growing.”

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