Barack Obama has two months left of his term as President. He’s seemingly never cared for Israel, or Benjamin Netanyahu, and tensions between the two nations have been “solidly rocky” for eight years. According to the Wall Street Journal, WSJ, he’s reviewing a set of options regarding the Israel-Palestinian problem that could leave their peace process in shambles for years to come.
One option he is considering is a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement building. The US has never pushed that one, in spite of Obama’s nasty rhetoric about their building projects.
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Recognition of a Palestinian State
Another option is far more worrying: formal recognition of the Palestinian State at the UN Security council. That act would throw the entire peace process in the Middle East into a tither, and place a giant wedge between the United States and Israel. Could such an action be undone with a new President?
Or how about setting “parameters” for Israeli compliance in the process? That in and of itself would create serious problems.
Congress would be the only hope to reverse such a plan. Only the election will tell us.
BreakingIsrael news reported,
“Such a move, without a simultaneous peace agreement with Israel, would essentially destroy the possibility for a future peace. Without a state as a bargaining chip, the Palestinians would lack virtually all motivation to work with Israel.
But the worst option of all, continued the article, “would be an effort to introduce a resolution at the UN Security Council setting ‘parameters’ for a final settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.”
Israel has long argued that the only way to come to a peace agreement with the Palestinians is through direct negotiations between the two parties. Imposing a framework on talks would remove Israel’s autonomy over its own fate and give power to a governing body which has proven itself to be less than sympathetic to the Jewish state.”
I have spoken to Jewish friends who are extremely concerned over what Obama will do to Israel in his last days in office. For the last 8 years he has been more worried about himself and his “legacy” than the American people. It’s not too hard to believe he might turn his back on Israel as well.
“If Mr. Obama is still seeking a Middle East legacy at this late stage in his presidency, his best move is do nothing to make it worse.” WSJ editorial
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