Obama blinked …

Netanyahu’s First Year: Weathering the Obama Storm

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  1. worzzz Says:

    Netanyahu’s First Year: Weathering the Obama Storm

    … Netanyahu’s success in mobilizing the Israeli public has repeatedly forced Washington to retreat on vital issues. For instance, Washington ultimately accepted that construction in Jerusalem won’t be frozen and pressured the Palestinians to resume negotiations anyway. …

    http://www.forward.com/articles/126837/

    http://forward.com/articles/126847/

    Netanyahu’s First Year: A Prime Minister Leading Nowhere

    One year into his second opportunity to lead Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s performance is looking increasingly problematic.

    http://www.forward.com/articles/126838/

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    Zionist Organization of America: Obama’s Israel stance ‘an insult’ to all Jews

    The ZOA has also demanded of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to apologize to New York constituents for falsely claiming, as a Senator, to support an undivided Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. …

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1159441.html

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    AIPAC 2010 / Harsh messages wrapped in love

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1158627.html

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    DAILY ALERT — Hasbara

    http://www.dailyalert.org/

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    Netanyahu endangering Israel’s security

    …. Israel’s situation has deteriorated during Netanyahu’s short term in office. We’re not talking about yet another clumsy Israeli foreign minister whom no one wants to meet, or irksome building permits. Netanyahu poses a threat to Israeli security because he tips the balance of U.S.-Israeli relations, which are essential for our survival. And not only these relations. If Washington gives Israel the cold shoulder, it will be showing the way for other important countries, from Britain to Egypt and Brazil to Turkey, to do the same. Israel is no longer an exotic citron, but has been exposed as just another lemon. ….

    Washington’s interest is to preserve its standing in the world against a small state and its crafty government, which made it a laughing stock. ….

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1159608.html

    …. The Israelis should be thankful to Obama for holding a mirror in front of them and saying that this is how your continuous deception looks. The Israelis should be just as thankful to Obama for being the first president ready to make Israel pay for its responsibility in maintaining the status quo. This is an American innovation supported by a shifting mood in world politics.

    Take heed: The world is beginning to demand that Israel take responsibility for its actions in Dubai and Sheikh Jarrah, in Operation Cast Lead and Ramat Shlomo. From America and Europe, the time of responsibility and payback has arrived.

    After 43 years of a vicious occupation, these, too, are minimal demands. Obama didn’t humiliate Israel. Israel humiliated itself for a generation, thinking it could do whatever it wanted – talk peace and build settlements, entrench an occupation and still be considered a democracy, while living on American support and rejecting its requests. Since all of Obama’s demands should have come from Israel itself, Obama is merely acting the way a friend should act. And for that he deserves those three words, from the bottom of our hearts: Thank you, friend.

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1159606.html

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    Arab league calls for a nuclear-free Middle East

    One hundred eighty-nine countries, including all Arab states, are party to the NPT. Only Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea are not.

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1159681.html

    … Obama is surrounded by Jewish advisors who understand how Israel works, and even has a senior advisor with an Israeli background.

    The fact that Obama has advisors who are Jewish simply gives him a better cover to be tough on Israel. On the other hand, he doesn’t have close Palestinian advisors who are familiar with the other side. I’m afraid this is bringing the parties further apart rather than closer together. …

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1159617.html

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    … ‘J-Street’ is critical of Israel’s settlement policy and backs the Obama administration’s calls for freezing settlements in eastern Jerusalem as a means of resuming peace talks with the Palestinians.

    http://www.forward.com/articles/126905/

    http://www.jstreet.org/page/j-street-statement-principles

    http://nytad.s3.amazonaws.com/JStreet_ItsTime_NYT.pdf

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    AIPAC –

    300 House Members have signed the letter which contains not one word of criticism of Israel — not one — while calling on the President to keep differences with the Israeli government quiet and away from public scrutiny. …

    no Democrat should sign a letter designed to weaken their President at a moment when he is on the verge of helping Israel and Palestinians achieve peace and security for both peoples.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mj-rosenberg/heckuva-job-aipac_b_515506.html

    Israel now paying price for longtime efforts to get smart with America

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3868352,00.html

  2. worzzz Says:

    The United States on Tuesday abandoned its effort to persuade Israel to freeze construction of Jewish settlements, officials said, dealing a blow to efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6B65QT20101207

    Israel rejects offer:

    http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=195338

    ■ Israel is to freeze all new building in West Bank settlements – but not eastern Jerusalem – for another 90 days, with a US pledge that no further freeze will be sought.

    ■ The US will use the pledged freeze to draw the Palestinians back into direct talks. (The Palestinians have stated that they want a freeze on all “settlement” construction, including in east Jerusalem.)

    ■ The freeze is to run from 90 days after approval, but also be retroactive to September 26, when the previous moratorium expired.
    As such, it would cover all new construction in West Bank settlements since September 26, including projects that were frozen during the first moratorium, extending all that first moratorium’s details and amendments, and presumably prohibiting local councils and municipalities from issuing construction permits.

    ■ At resumed talks, Israel is to immediately begin substantive discussions with the Palestinians on the border between Israel and a future Palestinian state, as well as other core issues, along the lines of the talks that began in Washington in September.
    In a joint statement with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “The United States believes that through good-faith negotiations, the parties can mutually agree on an outcome which ends the conflict and reconciles the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state, based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps, and the Israeli goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders that reflect subsequent developments and meet Israeli security requirements.”

    ■ The US is to intensify discussions with Israel on a wide-ranging bilateral security agreement, to include clauses alleviating some of the risks involved in a future Israeli-Palestinian accord, possibly including US support for the deployment of Israeli troops in the Jordan Valley.

    ■ The US will use its veto in the UN Security Council against unilateral efforts for Palestinian statehood and other proposals aimed at delegitimizing Israel or preventing it from exercising its right to self-defense. The US would also oppose such efforts in other UN and international forums.

    ■ The US will support Israel if is targeted over the issue of nuclear capacities in forums such as the International Atomic Energy Agency.

    ■ The US would give Israel 20 F-35 joint strike fighter jets, worth $3 billion, in addition to the 20 that Israel has ordered and is paying for. This offer, aimed at maintaining Israel’s qualitative edge, would be in addition to existing US-Israel defense agreements.

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    Barak: U.S. put settlement freeze talks on hold due to WikiLeaks.

    Knesset committee members say defense minister’s explanation that Obama administration was dealing with other issues is just an excuse to cover up Israel’s bad foreign policy.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/barak-u-s-put-settlement-freeze-talks-on-hold-due-to-wikileaks-1.329339

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    Iranian source says Tehran uncovered Mossad attempts to assassinate Ahmadinejad.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3995842,00.html

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