Right wing Neocons: 'Obama's bullying Israel'


Obama versus Israel.

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Hamas to accept independent Palestinian state

...living side by side with Israel.

Depending on who you are, recent news from Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh will likely be greeted with joy or disdain.

Hamas, especially the strife between Hamas and Fatah, the main political organizations receiving the largest Palestinian support (40% Fatah, 25% Hamas by the most recent poll), has been used in recent years by Israel and the US as the impediment to peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. This strife was of course fomented by the US and Israel to alienate Hamas. Today, given that the Likud government is pretty much out of the closet about its decades long colonialism of the Palestinian territories, and its intents, it is hardly Hamas which impedes peace.

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Hamas to accept independent Palestinian state

...living side by side with Israel.

Depending on who you are, recent news from Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh will likely be greeted with joy or disdain.

Hamas, especially the strife between Hamas and Fatah, the main political organizations receiving the largest Palestinian support (40% Fatah, 25% Hamas by the most recent poll), has been used in recent years by Israel and the US as the impediment to peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. This strife was of course fomented by the US and Israel to alienate Hamas. Today, given that the Likud government is pretty much out of the closet about its decades long colonialism of the Palestinian territories, and its intents, it is hardly Hamas which impedes peace.

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Israel's clash with Obama at the boiling point

Netanyahu's intransigence on movement that would facilitate peace in the Middle East, the kernel of which is a real two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is for all practical purposes dead in the water. The Israelis have spoken. If Obama is unable to move Netanyahu toward goals that extend beyond empty words, he will be seen as a puppet of Israel, and Israel will again be seen as wagging America's tail.

It is too late for Obama to withdraw his envoy, George Mitchell; it is too late to curb Hillary Clinton's public policy stances; and it is definitely too late for Obama to cancel the Cairo speech. We once talked about Netanyahu being between a rock and a hard place, between US support and his right wing settler supporters. Now we just might think of Obama being in the same position.

An update on where Israel's intransigence stands is available from the Israeli newspaper Haaretz this morning:

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Pulling the wool over Obama's eyes UPDATE

Steven D at Booman Tribune recently took apart an interview with "the unrepentant right wing Israeli PM" Benajamin Netahyahu by CBS News Correspondent Jeff Glor.

Among the key excerpts in this interview was Netanyahu's discussion of the crux issue: freezing settlements (see the entire interview for other topics).

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