Netanyahu's headache isn't Obama
by MainStreet, Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 05:19:04 AM EDT
It's the uber-Zionist religious settlers depicted in this Max Blumenthal video, who are Netanyahu's primary base of support.
It is reported that next week Netanyahu will deliver a speech to the nation about his peace policy. But if anyone expects to hear the magic words, "two states living side by side," a listening to Max Blumenthal's video of extremist supporters, should dash that prospect. However, in spite of years coddling religious settlers, talking up the Likud position: no Palestinian state, and using AIPAC to keep the US Congress in line while Israel continued its occupation and colonization of the Palestinian territories, it is evident that it no longer works for America.
Stephen Zunes recently reviewed America's foreign policy concerning the occupied Palestinian territories since Carter. It is essentially the story of how America rubber stamped Israel's colonial policy administration after administration, which actively supported Israel's flouting of the Fourth Geneva Convention, blocked numerous anti-Israel Resolutions in the UN Security Council, and helped Israel ignore international law.
Zune's conclusion: America is as much to blame for creating the difficulty that Obama faces today in creating a Palestinian state as Israel ever was.
Since Obama's election, we all knew that America will no longer support a South African style Apartheid solution to bringing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to an end than it could support the Serbian ethnic cleansing of Korsova in the 90s, repeat America's treatment of native Americans historically, or return to the era of Black slavery and segregation. Americans can no longer support an ally which engages in similar behavior. Obama is now playing hardball, unlike previous presidents who helped to create the situation we are now confronting. Click on Stephen Zune's article above if you do not believe that America is substantially at fault for the plight of the Palestinians.
Next week, George Mitchell will be back on the road, this time with an urgent call for Israel to set its borders. How else can we know where the Palestinian state begins and Israel ends?
More aspirin, Mr. Prime Minister?