Obama vs. the Yahus

A Proud Day for Obama | Talking Points Memo

Obliquely and with respect to his audience, in his speech to AIPAC today, President Obama also responded to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s repeated lies about what President Obama said only the day before.

Just as no man is an island, no country can be either. On its present course Israel is on its way to becoming a pariah state, a status in which it cannot indefinitely or even perhaps long survive. Neither the fact that Israel faces a profound cultural animosity among the region’s Arab populations nor the bad faith that often greets its actions nor even the anti-Semitism that is sometimes beneath the animus changes this essential fact. The make-up of the 21st century world is simply not compatible with a perpetual military occupation of another people, especially one that crosses a boundary of ethnicity and religion. Only the willfully oblivious can’t see that.

I’ve had so many conversations with American and Israeli hardliners who say essentially, why give up this land as long as the Palestinians won’t do this or that thing? Such folly. As though the settlements of the West Bank were a thing of great value as opposed to a lethal threat. Like you insist on keeping the knife in your belly as opposed to removing it at the first opportunity because someone else you’re negotiating with won’t do what you want.

Netanyahu believes that US power is forever and that the US political consensus to support Israel in almost any policy choice it makes will never change. So he can simply ignore the currents of history and international affairs and thumb his nose at every other country in the world. But neither is true.

Most of Israel’s leaders and all the giants of early Zionism — who… are demeaned even to be compared to Netanyahu — realized this.

 


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  1. The reality of it is that just as the Palestinians can’t bring themselves to make peace on the basis of their weakness, the Israelis can’t bring themselves to make concessions to the Palestinians in the face of Palestinian defiance.

    Cats fighting in a sack as they sink together.

  2. @ miguel cervantes:

    Rubin remains a twit. The 67 lines are exactly what Obama said that they are, the starting point of any deal. That’s the understanding of every person in the sane world, including every US president elected after Carter.

    If Netanyahu and Hamas and Rubin want to pretend otherwise, that’s their shared delusion and their shared problem and they belong in that sack sinking into the Bosphorus.

  3. @ fuster:
    twit is too kind. Schizophrenic is more like it:

    Obama misquoted himself by insisting he said the parties “will negotiate a border that is different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967.” No, he said it was U.S. policy that the deal would stem from the 1967 lines.

    How could an arrangement be said to “stem” and yet be the same as that from which it stemmed?

    Many have commented on Obama’s demeanor while he was receiving Yahu’s lecture at the OO. I think it was that of a psychiatric clinician who knows that the patient probably isn’t sticking to his meds, and that they may not work anyway.

  4. @ fuster:
    I saw that, and kind of put it out of my mind. McCarthy apparently believes that all measures that do not equate with an escalation to worldwide religious war are tantamount to treason. The only good purpose he serves is indicating what the logic of Islamophobic politics implies, though few on his side ever get to the point of painting in the numbers for their picture.

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