Skip to comments.Top White House official calls for end to ’50-year occupation’ (attacks Congress too)
Posted on 03/23/2015 2:11:50 PM PDT by Dave346
Chief of Staff Denis McDonough says that Israels government must match up words with actions and policies, warns Netanyahus statements cant be willed away
WASHINGTON White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough called for the end of Israels 50-year occupation and doubled down on the Obama administrations critique of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a warmly received speech to the lobbying group J Street in Washington Monday.
Speaking to the dovish groups national conference, McDonough became the latest in a series of Washington officials to highlight the administrations displeasure with Netanyahu, while also talking up the permanence of US-Israel ties, repeating Washingtons commitment to continued military, security and intelligence cooperation.
No matter who leads Israel, Americas commitment to Israels security will never waiver, McDonough said.
At the same time, McDonough said later, an occupation that has lasted for more than 50 years must end, referring to Israels 48-year hold on the West Bank.
The statement represented an unusually harsh repudiation of Israels control over the Palestinian territories, using a term the administration generally avoids.
The longtime confidant to US President Barack Obama said that the administration believes that the best way to safeguard Israels long-term security is to bring about a comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Washington, he said, has long advocated direct negotiations toward a two-state solution a position, he noted, that Netanyahu embraced in his 2009 speech at Bar-Ilan University.
Thats why the prime ministers comments on the eve of the election, [which] made very clear that a Palestinian state will not be established while he is prime minister, were so very troubling, McDonough said, referring to comments made by Netanyahu in a preelection interview with the NRG website in which he seemed to take a Palestinian state off the table.
McDonough rejected Netanyahus claims that he had not changed his position, as well as Netanyahus explanation that conditions in the Middle East must be more stable for a Palestinian state to be established.
We cannot simply pretend that these comments were never made, McDonough proclaimed, receiving a standing ovation from the 3,000-person audience.
McDonough did not, however, address the first precondition that Netanyahu stipulated earlier this week for Palestinian statehood that the Palestinian Authority renounce its nearly year-old alliance with Hamas.
McDonough denied that the basis of the current low in US-Israel relations was based upon bad personal chemistry between Obama and Netanyahu.
Nothing could be further from the truth, he said, arguing instead that it stems from the fact that Americas commitment to a two-state solution is fundamental to American foreign policy.
We will look to the next Israeli government to match words with action and to policies that demonstrates a commitment to a two-state solution, McDonough continued.
In the end, we know what a peace agreement should look like. The borders of Israel and an independent Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps. Each state needs secure and recognized borders, and there must be robust provisions that safeguard Israels security.
As the deadline for a political framework agreement with Iran approaches at the end of the month, McDonough said that diplomatic engagement with Iran has already delivered concrete results. Through the Joint Plan of Action, weve succeeded in stopping the advance of Irans nuclear program and even rolling it back in key areas.
He reiterated the terms for an agreement that the US National Security Advisor stated earlier this month during the American Israel Public Affairs Committees conference that Iran would not be able to develop weapons-grade plutonium or to use its underground site at Fordow to enrich uranium; extend the amount of time it would take Iran to reach breakout capacity; and would establish frequent and intrusive inspection to prevent Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon through a covert channel.
The US chief of staff stressed that the deal we are pursuing is both realistic and achievable. A scenario where Iran forgoes domestic enrichment capacity for all time would surely be ideal, but its not grounded in reality.
The bottom line is this: Compared to the alternatives, diplomacy offers the best and most effective way to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and this is our best shot at diplomacy. We have to give diplomacy a chance to succeed, McDonough added.
He had choice words for the 47 senators who, earlier this month, wrote a letter to Irans leaders warning that any deal signed without the consent of Congress was liable to be impermanent. It was a blatant political move as the president said, that is not how America does its business, McDonough complained. The letter was also critically flawed in its legal reasoning. We are pursuing a political arrangement with Iran that does not require congressional approval. Such deals are an essential, long-standing element of international diplomacy. Republican and Democratic presidents alike have relied on them.
McDonough warned that legislation, such as the bill coauthored by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) that would require Congress to vote on any deal, would embolden hard-liners in Iran. It would separate the United States from our allies. And it would potentially fracture the international unity that has been essential to keeping the pressure on Iran.
A good deal, McDonuogh assured, is the best way to reach our shared goal preventing Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon.
Acknowledging that even if a nuclear deal is reached, our concerns about Irans behavior in the region and around the world will endure, McDonough insisted that to walk away from the opportunity to diplomatically and peacefully resolve one of the greatest threats to international security would not strengthen our hand to stop Irans destabilizing actions.
The mask is off, if it ever was on.
True colors shining through. Its all about Islam with Hussein’s administration..
The reply should be “What areas does Mr. 0bama regard as “occupied”? Name them. Draw them on a map. We’ll be happy to explain to Mr. 0bama why those territories are ours. And they are ours whether Mr. 0bama accepts our explanation or not.”
There is a UN resolution hello
This white house wants war with Israel? Sure is beginning to look like it.
The mask is off, if it ever was on.
A lot of ignorant voters (Jews and Christians) had to be able to see through him. He may not have always said but we knew where he stood on most every moral issue.
The people that voted for Obama are evil. He’s stands on the wrong side of everything that is good.
They tried returning Gaza, with greenhouses to boot. That didn’t work out well for peace. Lesson learned. The palisades won’t even pretend to be civilized, not even for a little while.
Whoever this official is, I agree. Send the occupying arabs to any of their own countries!
Typo. Palisades should have been palis. Damn smart keyboard, you can’t look away for an instant.
“White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough called for the end of Israels 50-year occupation and doubled down on the Obama administrations critique of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a warmly received speech to the lobbying group J Street in Washington Monday.”
Israel should turn over the WB when the US turns over Texas, Kalifornia and Alaska.
Where does the Ubama/Jarrett Chief of Staphylococcus stand on the 50 year war on the State of Israel? Should they abandon their war or do they get to continue the war until the Saturday people are gone from the earth?
Geez! I thought the anti-Semitic stance Carter took was bad. But, these clowns in the White Hut make Carter look like an amateur.
Susan Power already suggested it
The mask was ALWAYS off, Im shocked that it took some people this long to figure it out. Obama and his goons have always despised Israel, it has NOTHING to do with BiBi Netanyahu, it has to do with the fact that Israel exists
Does this effing idiot know the Palis have already rejected the deal he outlined? Plus, Hamas would never agree to any peace deal, period. So, what’s the point of pointless negotiations?
Sorry, Ben, we couldn’t keep it; we opted for free stuff and mosques instead..
The Left, historically, has been VERY ant-Semitic populated as well as funded by self hating Jews—Soros anyone.