We are on the cusp of the most historic sell-out of Israel by any United States administration.
We told you all along that in his second term Obama would impose a settlement on Israel according to what he viewed as reasonable:
Obama will force his vision of a settlement on Israel in a second term.
Obama envisions a return to the 1949 Armistice line (aka the pre-1967 borders) perhaps with very minor adjustments. As David Horwitz of The Times of Israel wrote just before Obama’s second inauguration:
Broadly speaking, Obama’s course is set. He has nobody and nothing but his own worldview to answer to. And he reckons it has served him pretty well thus far. This week’s suggestions that Obama is convinced he understands far better than Netanyahu where Israel’s interests lie are nothing new; he has always been convinced he understands far better than Netanyahu where Israel’s interests lie — and that few of them are to be found beyond the pre-1967 lines.
And that is coming true right before our eyes.
John Kerry has openly sided with the Palestinians on key final agreement points: That Israel controlling any land beyond the 1949 Armistice line is “illegitimate” and land that eventually will be part of a Palestinian state, and that there must be not a single Israeli soldier left anywhere on the West Bank.
This means the historic Jewish Quarter of Old Jerusalem and the Western Wall become part of a Palestinian state, the illegal Jordanian occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem becomes memorialized, Israel reverts to the “Auschwitz borders,” Judea and Samaria become Judenfrei, and defensible positions including in the Jordan Valley are lost.
Kerry stakes out this result as the American position, but it is not the final Palestinian position. This never has been just about land, but about the refusal to this day to accept the Jewish State of Israel (the acceptance of Islamic States, of course, is a given.)
Israel is furious, but there’s little it can do. It is dependent upon the United States not so much for military protectionm, but for protestion against the multi-decade push to delegitimize Israel...