President Obama's foreign policy is getting bizarre.
His apology tour of Europe was a disgrace to the office. He insists on normalized relations with Cuba. He has exhibited uncannily hollow rhetoric toward North Korea regarding its blatant nuclear and missile ambitions. He has made a mockery of our relationship with Great Britain, treating Prime Minister Gordon Brown like a pariah, even taking swipes at the British media for (gasp!) voicing criticism of some policy decisions.
Next up will be his "long anticipated" speech from Cairo to our muslim friends.
If recent past is prologue, it will be nauseatingly conciliatory in nature.
Perhaps the most dangerous of his foreign policy maneuvers has been his treatment of Israel.
Picking one issue, the "freezing" of settlement building, which he knows is something Prime Minister Netanyahu has little room in which to negotiate, Obama has intentionally alienated our only true democratic ally in the Middle East. At the same time, he is playing the sympathy card with Palestinian Chief Mahmoud Abbas and other Arab states in the region, trying to appear as if he and his policy shifts are beneficial to their "cause".
His cold, tense meeting with Netanyahu was in stark contrast to the chum fest with the lame Abbas.
Abbas feels confident now that he has a new partner with which to align himself. Both he and Obama have latched, critically, to Israel's timid progress toward a "two-state solution" and her reluctance to abandon all settlement activity.
While it is clear that Israel has every right to be boldly cautious about any negotiations with the Palestinians and surrounding Arab countries (considering they refuse to even recognize Israel's right to exist), it once again falls solely to Israel to make further concessions if progress toward "peace" is to even be considered.
Abbas is not sincerely interested in living in peace with the Israeli people, nor to advance in having normalized relations with the Israeli government.
As quoted in the Washington Post (pointed out by PressTV), Abbas stated the following (emphasis mine):
"We cannot talk about normalization while Israel still rejects a two-state solution, and is on going with its settlement activities in the occupied territories,...(U)ntil Israel stops these activities, and until it accepts a two-state solutions, we will not hold talks with anybody."
Abbas added that he would not accept to make concessions such as recognizing Israel as a "Jewish State", especially since such recognition means giving up the right of return of Palestinian refugees, who were forced out of their homes by Zionists.
Abbas told his interviewers, "The Americans are the leaders of the world... They can use their weight with anyone around the world. Two years ago they used their weight on us. Now they should tell the Israelis, 'You have to comply with the conditions."
Recognizing Israel as a "Jewish state" is a concession?
This, from a "leader" who, as Jackson Diehl from the Washington Post points out (Hat tip: Ed Morrissey, HotAir), when former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was in office, rejected a peace proposal from Israel which gave Abbas everything but the kitchen sink:
"Abbas acknowledged that Olmert had shown him a map proposing a Palestinian state on 97 percent of the West Bank -- though he complained that the Israeli leader refused to give him a copy of the plan. He confirmed that Olmert "accepted the principle" of the "right of return" of Palestinian refugees -- something no previous Israeli prime minister had done -- and offered to resettle thousands in Israel.
In all, Olmert's peace offer was more generous to the Palestinians than either that of Bush or Bill Clinton; it's almost impossible to imagine Obama, or any Israeli government, going further.
Abbas turned it down. "The gaps were wide," he said."
Couple this with the fact that the Palestinians in the Gaza strip elected the terrorist organization Hamas as their official government, it is quite clear that there are no sincere partners for Israel to negotiate a true peace.
The only acceptable outcome of any "negotiations" is to have no outcome at all. The status quo is preferred by Israel's enemies. Any agreements would require them to dismiss their hatred of Israel and their want of its destruction. Their fear and loathing of Jews is too tempting to give up.
Instead of Obama demanding that both Jordan and Egypt give much needed land to the Palestinians in both the West Bank and Gaza, he expects Israel to halt any building on land which is rightfully theirs.
It has been clear for some time that Obama does not intend to recognize Israel as the important ally and friend of the United States that it has been for decades. This becomes more obvious as the administration bumbles on.
While Obama has time to get in a couple games of hoops every day, Netenyahu has to worry about the real possibility of his country being destroyed.
In Obama-land, reality be damned.