"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Friday, May 27, 2011

Krauthammer on Obama's Idiocy on Israel

Krauthammer doesn't call it idiocy in his article from yesterday.   Not quite.   But he criticizes Obama's fecklessness on the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and in particular his call for a return to the 1967 borders, about as harshly as he can:
Note how Obama has undermined Israel’s negotiating position. He is demanding that Israel go into peace talks having already forfeited its claim to the territory won in the ’67 war — its only bargaining chip. Remember: That ’67 line runs right through Jerusalem. Thus the starting point of negotiations would be that the Western Wall and even Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter are Palestinian — alien territory for which Israel must now bargain.

The very idea that Judaism’s holiest shrine is alien or that Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter is rightfully or historically or demographically Arab is an absurdity. And the idea that, in order to retain them, Israel has to give up parts of itself is a travesty.
Krauthammer goes on to criticize Obama's apparent willingness to consider negotiations on the Palestinians' so-called "right of return":
Obama didn’t just move the goal posts on borders. He also did so on the so-called right of return. Flooding Israel with millions of Arabs would destroy the world’s only Jewish state while creating a 23rd Arab state and a second Palestinian state — not exactly what we mean when we speak of a “two-state solution.” That’s why it has been the policy of the United States to adamantly oppose this “right.”

Yet in his State Department speech, Obama refused to simply restate this position — and refused again in a supposedly corrective speech three days later. Instead, he told Israel it must negotiate the right of return with the Palestinians after having given every inch of territory. Bargaining with what, pray tell?
Krauthammer then asks the $64,000 Question:  Is Obama simply feckless in the way that an amateur in foreign policy matters might be when thrown in over his head?   Or is he truly anti-Israel and, hence, for my money anyway, anti-Semitic?   Again, Krauthammer doesn't use the word "anti-Semitic."   That's me.  But the implication is there, and it's scary for America and for Israel:
The only remaining question is whether this perverse and ultimately self-defeating policy is born of genuine antipathy toward Israel or of the arrogance of a blundering amateur who refuses to see that he is undermining not just peace but the very possibility of negotiations.

1 comment:

  1. Late on the draw here, I know.

    But...well done!