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05-29-2009, 02:55 PM
Obama’s Two-State Fantas

"The new administration will "Force" Israel to compromise on the Palestinian question"

" How can those who direct US foreign policy in the Middle East be so incredibly stupid? "

According to the Israeli daily Haaretz, National Security Advisor General Jim Jones was quoted in a classified foreign ministry cable as having told a European foreign minister that unlike the Bush administration, Obama will be 'forceful' with Israel. Jones is quoted as saying: "The new administration will convince Israel to compromise on the Palestinian question" - meaning Israel will be forced into an expedited agreement on a Palestinian state.

This was not a simple off-the-cuff remark. At the recent AIPAC Policy Conference on May 5, Vice President Joe Biden also advised Israel to commit to a two-state solution in order to broker a "peace" with the Palestinians, and in Britain, Foreign Secretary David Miliband declared that "Palestinian statelessness is the biggest recruiting sergeant for Islamic extremism around the world" while Tony Blair announced that by mid-June, the US, EU, UN and Russia would unveil a new framework for establishing a Palestinian state.

The problem with all this insistence on a "two-state solution" is that a Palestinian peace partner doesn't exist and has never existed and no amount of rhetoric, Israeli concessions or pandering to Arab demands can make it so. The Palestinians have consistently rejected the concept of a Jewish state in the Middle East. Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar noted recently:

"We do not recognize the State of Israel or its right to control any of the land of Palestine. Palestine is holy Islamic land. Our national problem is not related only to the West Bank, Gaza, and al-Quds (Jerusalem)...but to Palestine, all [the territory of] Palestine."

By that he meant Israel proper or what he terms "the Zionist entity." So far as Hamas is concerned, the battle will go on until Israel is vanquished, even if that takes decades. Nor is "moderate" Fatah any different. In March, Muhammad Dahlan, a former chief of the PA's secret police organizations and once associated with the CIA, defended Fatah from the charge, made by Hamas, that it had previously recognized Israel's right to exist. Dahlan said:


Does the Obama administration actually believe that after years of deception, billions spent on developing a covert nuclear weapons program and threats to “wipe Israel off the map”, the Iranian mullahs will suddenly become less apocalyptic, less messianic, less inclined to establish their caliphate throughout the Middle East, and more prepared to turn their swords into plowshares once a Palestinian state has been established?

Truth is, Iran will not react to the establishment of a Palestinian state by recognizing Israel any more than will Hamas or Hezbollah. Quite the opposite will occur. The creation of a new Palestinian state will embolden Iran, undermine US interests in the Middle East, diminish American influence in the Persian Gulf, and endanger Israel and the entire Sunni Arab world. The Arabs know it, the Israelis know it, and, I suspect, many realists in the Obama administration know it as well. Unfortunately, Obama's Middle East foreign policy appears to be based more on ideology than reality. Consequently, it is immune to rational argument and appears unmoved by objective facts that expose as folly its single-minded devotion to the idea that Israel is responsible for the absence of peace in the Middle East.

By forcing Israel to accept another terrorist state on its borders, President Obama will not only fail to build his Arab coalition against Iran, but he will be fulfilling Iran's mission in the Middle East. History has already told us that making nice with genocidal fanatics will not convert them into apostles of peace. The unfortunate reality he refuses to accept is that peace has never been up to the Israelis. It has always been up to Israel's enemies. The 2007 Pew Global Attitudes Project found that 77% of Palestinians do not believe they can live side-by-side with Israel. That being the case, so long as fewer than two in ten Palestinians believe in Israel's right to exist as a nation with a Jewish majority, there can be no successful peace based on a two-state solution. That is reality...which raises an even more disturbing question. How can those who direct US foreign policy in the Middle East be so incredibly stupid?