My Mideast Punchlines: he should have gone to Specsavers …

President Obama took to Huffington Post to say he doesn’t believe Israeli prime minister Netanyahu is genuinely interested in a two-state solution.

“We take him at his word when he said that it wouldn’t happen during his prime ministership, and so that’s why we’ve got to evaluate what other options are available to make sure that we don’t see a chaotic situation in the region,” the president said in an interview with The Huffington Post on Friday.

Though he pledged to keep working with the Israeli government on military and intelligence operations, Obama declined to say whether the United States would continue to block Palestinian efforts to secure statehood through the United Nations.

Small FistSo let’s analyse the situation.
1. Obama wants to make sure that “we don’t see a chaotic situation in the region”.
Now it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to see that the region is in a chaotic situation (mainly due to the weakness of his own presidency). He didn’t say “an expansion of the chaotic situation …” So in this respect, I suggest Obama visit his nearest Specsavers for an eyesight test.
2. No Israeli prime minister in his right mind would want to see a two-state solution under the present circumstances, where the so-called ‘moderate’ Palestinian Authority is arm in arm with Hamas,a terrorist entity pledged to Israel’s destruction; where all sorts of Jihadis are parked next door on the border with Syria; where Shi’ite malcontents, goaded by Iran, meddle and threaten in the North; where Eilat is threatened by an assortment of terrorists in the Sinai.

What, you might ask, have Iranians, Hezbollah and Jihadis got to do with the Palestinians? Well, perception is everything in the Middle East, and if the Palestinians perceive that Israel could be overwhelmed, they will use any two-state solution to allow Hamas to take power and rain rockets on Israel’s peace parade.

Obama also castigated Bibi for highlighting the threat of the Arab vote in the recent Israeli elections. Now what, you might ask, would happen to any Jewish vote in a Palestinian state? Well, of course, there wouldn’t be any Jewish vote, because PA President Abbas has made it clear that a future Palestinian state would be Judenrein. So that’s all right then, as far as the politically correct president of the United States is concerned. The Middle East is a region of fervent hatred, deception and rule-breaking. The Israelis are not going to gamble their own existence on the likelihood that treaties would be honoured.

The Obama administration’s  hypocritical stand vis-a-vis Israel only goes to reinforce the notion that being an ally of the United States is more hazardous than being an enemy.

Sen John McCain got it right. “The president should get over it,” McCain said on CNN. “Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President. The least of your problems is what Bibi Netanyahu said during an election campaign. If every politician were held to everything they say in a political campaign, obviously that would be a topic of long discussion.” McCain, a leading voice in Congress on foreign relations, urged Obama to focus on the growing Islamic State threat in the Middle East and curbing Iran’s nuclear program.

Meanwhile, the obsessive-compulsive disorder that is Israel-bashing continues unabated.




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