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A Deepening Crisis Between U.S., Israel
American Enterprise Institute ^ | March 29, 2010 | John R. Bolton

Posted on 03/29/2010 10:17:32 AM PDT by Conservative Coulter Fan


Passover is an unfortunate time to be asking what has gone wrong between America and Israel. Is today's strenuous disagreement over Israel's West Bank housing policy the real problem, or is this controversy merely a symptom of deeper, more profound differences?

Partly because of the extraordinary secrecy surrounding Prime Minister Netanyahu's recent White House meeting with President Obama, much remains hidden from public view. Nonetheless, after 14 months in office, Obama has made clear he sees the U.S.-Israeli relationship very differently than any of his predecessors.

Consider, for example, Obama's September 2009 U.N. General Assembly speech, profoundly anti-Israeli, and to a body where Israel is perennially even more isolated than the United States. There, among other things, Obama called for a "Palestinian state with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967."

After 14 months in office, Obama has made clear he sees the U.S.-Israeli relationship very differently than any of his predecessors.

That, of course, is the Palestinian position. No wonder they are "outraged" at every subsequent Israeli construction project outside the 1967 borders. No wonder Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas told an Arab League summit on Saturday he would not negotiate with Israel until all settlement activity ceases. They see Obama delivering Israel into their hands, and they will simply insist on their optimal position while they measure how well he succeeds.

More fundamentally, Obama assumes, as do many Europeans, that solving or at least making substantial progress on Arab-Israeli issues is key to many other Middle East problems. In particular, he believes there will be no progress against Iran's nuclear weapons program until there is proof that Israel's commanding position has been reduced.

For Obama, therefore, every bump in the Arab-Israeli "peace process," caused repeatedly in his estimation by Israeli intransigence, has consequences far beyond its actual dimensions.

In fact, the idea that Israel's recalcitrance, personified by pugnacious Bibi Netanyahu, is the central obstacle to peace is exactly backward, like looking through the wrong end of a telescope.

There are many unresolved Middle Eastern problems, but if Obama could only focus on one, Iran is clearly the most dangerous threat to peace in the region. Not only does Iran's rapidly progressing nuclear weapons program threaten global peace and security, but it is the world's central banker of terrorism, directed against both the West and against fellow Muslims who don't pass muster according to Iran's ruling military theocracy.

The president could far more usefully pressure Iran's dangerous and belligerent regime, than publicly humiliate a close ally like Israel. Instead, Obama has done everything but plead with Iran to come to the negotiating table, and failing that has so far pursued a weak and ultimately doomed policy of trying to significantly increase economic sanctions against Tehran.

The president's weakness on Iran mirrors a similarly halting, inconclusive policy against North Korea's nuclear threat, and his overall indecisiveness in the war on terrorism.

The misplaced emphasis on pressuring Israel rather than Iran is more than a little ironic, because it is precisely the Muslim-Arab states Obama has been so assiduously courting who want America to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program. Arab governments friendly to the United States may dislike Israel in varying degrees, but they fear and distrust a nuclear-capable, terror-supporting Iran. They would welcome Israel (or the United States) destroying Iran's nuclear program, although they will never say so publicly, and will likely vigorously condemn Israel if it strikes.

Thus, Obama's signature foreign policy--pressure your friends and beseech your adversaries--will, here again, produce results precisely contrary to American national interests. We can only hope that the Netanyahu government, pursing Israel's interests, vindicates our own before Obama's hostility brings down Netanyahu's governing coalition.

John R. Bolton is a senior fellow at AEI.

Photo Credit: Randall Niles/Flickr/Creative Commons


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aei; allies; bhomiddleeast; bolton
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1 posted on 03/29/2010 10:17:32 AM PDT by Conservative Coulter Fan
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To: SJackson

*PING*


2 posted on 03/29/2010 10:18:02 AM PDT by Conservative Coulter Fan (I am defiantly proud of being part of the Religious Right in America.)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan
"an unfortunate time to be asking what has gone wrong between America and Israel."

What's gone wrong? What part of OBAMA do they not understand?

3 posted on 03/29/2010 10:20:43 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

A Deepening Crisis Between U.S., Israel

Think of that as a Muslim victory. Period


4 posted on 03/29/2010 10:23:48 AM PDT by SMARTY ("What luck for rulers that men do not think. " Adolph Hitler)
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To: DannyTN
What part of OBAMA do they not understand?
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Exactly. When it comes to Middle East policy, Obama is worse than useless. His pro-Islamic ideology will do nothing but harm to America's ally Israel, and help our image of weakness in the eyes of America's Islamo-fascist enemies....but good for Obama’s focused efforts to win favor with every world dictator.
5 posted on 03/29/2010 10:25:00 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: DannyTN

Didn’t Obama receive a super-majority of Jewish-American votes?


6 posted on 03/29/2010 10:36:38 AM PDT by HapaxLegamenon
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan
What went wrong? Well, Mr. Bolton, you installed a nazi/islamist/fascist muslim in the oval office. That must be pretty galling, considering that the problem would not have existed had you been willing to step up to the plate.
7 posted on 03/29/2010 10:50:57 AM PDT by Hardraade
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To: HapaxLegamenon

Most American Jews do not vote based on Israel any more than Irish Americans vote based on US policy towards Ireland.


8 posted on 03/29/2010 10:54:20 AM PDT by rmlew (There is no such thing as a Blue Dog Democrat; just liberals who lie.)
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To: rmlew
Most American Jews do not vote based on Israel any more than Irish Americans vote based on US policy towards Ireland. If Ireland was threaten with extinction I suspect Irish-Americans would want the U.S. to have a pro-Irish policy.
9 posted on 03/29/2010 11:04:14 AM PDT by HapaxLegamenon
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

I would love to see God show Obama what He thinks of Israel and those who oppose her.


10 posted on 03/29/2010 11:06:08 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: EagleUSA
What part of OBAMA do they not understand?

That Obama is not only an enemy of Israel, but the United States as well. To put it another way,he hates any country that is not predominately Muslim.

Shame,shame on us.

11 posted on 03/29/2010 11:06:37 AM PDT by BARLF
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Obama is a very clever thing. By pushing Israel to the side, when Israel attacks Iran as they will be forced to do, then the Obama Administration can say they had nothing to do with it, wink, wink. The MPOTUS puts Israel into the forefront and the US can say it didn’t support the attack. Israel doesn’t then need Washington’s green light. Israel does Obama’s and the World’s dirty laundry and the World looks to the US as fair and even minded towards the Middle East.

What a loser in chief he will become, this MPOTUS.


12 posted on 03/29/2010 11:07:29 AM PDT by Napoleon Solo
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To: Napoleon Solo
Obama is a very clever thing.

I disagree, his handler/handlers are very clever. Obama is a paid punk. He isn't even half smart or he would not be following a plan to destroy this country. Just where does he intend to live after our destruction?

13 posted on 03/29/2010 11:13:14 AM PDT by BARLF
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Perhaps we start a letter writing campaign to the people of Israel, they should know that the Marxists in control of this nation are not representative of us, do not speak for us and do not have our consent.

We should encourage them to ignore the marxists in our fedgov. We should express our support for them in their continual war against the muzzies. We should promise them renewed help after we either dispose of the usurpers or set up a new free nation.

In fact, we should do the same for the people of Honduras as well.


14 posted on 03/29/2010 11:13:35 AM PDT by myself6
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To: BARLF
Just where does he intend to live after our destruction?

I'm sure Soros has a nice secluded place far away.
15 posted on 03/29/2010 11:19:58 AM PDT by crosshairs
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To: crosshairs

Saudi Arabia might work,they can crown him Prince Armageddon , and a palace to live in,etc,etc.


16 posted on 03/29/2010 11:43:29 AM PDT by BARLF
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To: thethirddegree

You may not have to wait too long.


17 posted on 03/29/2010 11:49:42 AM PDT by avoth
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

There is no crisis between the US and Israel. There is a crisis in the US that also threatens Israel, but real Americans are hoping that we will be permitted free and fair elections in 2012 and that we will be able to get rid of the anti-Semitic Anti-American socialist occupying our White House.


18 posted on 03/29/2010 12:58:11 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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19 posted on 03/29/2010 2:35:37 PM PDT by SJackson (Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided, Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Honestly, Netanyahu needs to keep playing this up. Both parties favor Israel, so as long as this story is played up, they will continue to publicly ‘rebuke’ the Obamanation.

And as long as the Obamanation is ostracized, he will not be able to act on his proclamations.

So, it actually would be harmful for Israel to tamp this down, for then with it ignored, the Obamanation *CAN* put his words into deeds.


20 posted on 03/29/2010 3:07:22 PM PDT by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: BARLF

Saudi Arabia, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, Detroit...the places are endless


21 posted on 03/29/2010 8:39:14 PM PDT by Napoleon Solo
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To: Ezekiel; SJackson; Quix
Benjamin Netanyahu is not budging on Jerusalem. “Jerusalem is not a settlement, it is our capitol!”

Next up will be the collapse of the Temple Mount (The abomination that causes desolation). My guess, NATO goes in after that event orchestrated by the WAQF but Israel will be blamed.

See: Jeremiah 1, Zechariah 12 and Revelation 16…and the great city was divided into three and the cities of the goyim fell… tick tock!

22 posted on 03/30/2010 12:20:29 PM PDT by Jeremiah Jr (What would John Lennon do?)
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To: thethirddegree
Take a look around at what once was the most free, most prosperous, most generous, most envied , most blessed ,most scientifically advanced, most God fearing people and country the world has ever known.

Take a look at the quality of the leaders we have now compared to what we had in the past.

Leaders that could care less what the majority of its people or our Constitution says, if it interferes with their plans.

Take a look at a nation that was rich beyond dreams, that is collapsing[morally first and now economically] before our own and the eyes of the rest of the world. the edge of financial collapse.

Yes just look around and I think you will plainly see God is already and has been for quite some time telling the people of the [I included myself] United States of America what He thinks of the way we have been going for the last sixty years.

We've been too busy enjoying His blessings to notice His displeasure.

We thought we could get away with what the nations of the past suffered when they turned away from Him and ignored His precepts.

Now we are fixing to find out what happens to those who refuse to learn from historic example . Just because "God is merciful and slow to anger" doesn't mean we haven't been under His slowly escalating judgment.

What we think is a long time really is only an instant to a God that "a thousand years is but the twinkling of a eye."

23 posted on 03/30/2010 6:21:53 PM PDT by mississippi red-neck (You will never win the war on terrorism by fighting it in Iraq and funding it in the West Bank.)
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