Fear has begun mounting in Israel that President Barack Obama plans to strike at the Jewish nation again — this time by setting out parameters for a Palestinian state.
Specifically, the Israeli government reportedly feared that Secretary of State John Kerry would outline these parameters while speaking Jan. 15 at a summit being held in France about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to The Times of Israel.
Whether or not there was any legitimacy to these fears remained unknown, though it had been confirmed that Kerry would indeed speak there.
“Asked in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 whether the U.S. was planning any initiatives after abstaining from a U.N. Security Council resolution vote condemning Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, Benjamin Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications, said a Kerry speech was in the works,” Bloomberg reported.
Basically, after dousing the region in gasoline for 8 years, Obama is about to light a match & flick it over his shoulder as he walks away.
— Jonathan Schanzer (@JSchanzer) December 26, 2016
The mention of a U.N. Security Council resolution was in reference to a vote last week to condemn Israel’s settlement activities. Because Obama chose to abstain from the vote, it passed unanimously, thus inciting great anger among the Israelis, who felt as if the president had stabbed them in the back.
The worry was that Obama planned to stab them in the back again, though Rhodes seemingly denied this allegation.
“I wouldn’t describe it as new initiatives,” Rhodes cautioned, referencing Kerry’s planned speech. “I think what Secretary Kerry will be doing is he will give a speech in which he lays out a comprehensive vision for how he sees the conflict being resolved.”
Sure, but if that speech were to include mention of a Palestinian state, it could spur lots of problems. Speaking with Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio National host Annabelle Quince two years ago, a retired major general and former member of the Israeli general staff explained why.
“The majority of the people in Israel do accept the notion of a Palestinian state, but we suspect that most Palestinians don’t accept the notion of a Jewish state,” said retired Gen. Giora Eiland. “This is the problem.”
Until the Palestinian people discard the hatred they feel for the Jewish people, there can be no two-state solution — and until either President Obama acknowledges this or he is replaced by President-elect Donald Trump, there can likewise be no true understanding between the United States and Israel.
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