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New Yorker takes Obumer to the wood shed for his cowardice

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    It is time for President Obama to speak clearly and firmly. Concentrating solely on the settlements, as he has done in the past, is not enough; he needs a more comprehensive approach. Administration officials talk about “getting it right” in the Middle East, by which they mean finding the right diplomatic levers in order to support the potential democratic elements in such varied countries as Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Bahrain, without moving too far ahead of events or becoming engaged militarily in ways that could lead to disaster. Getting Israel and Palestine right must be part of that effort. The old, wishful habit of waiting for Netanyahu is an abdication of American influence and interests.

 

   If the Administration has been reluctant to put forward a comprehensive peace plan, it’s not because it has any difficulty imagining such a plan. Inevitably, the parameters of a two-state solution would be like those established at Taba, in 2001, and by Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas, in 2008. The greater concern is domestic politics, both in the United States and in Israel.

 

    For decades, AIPAC, the Anti-Defamation League, and other such right-leaning groups have played an outsized role in American politics, pressuring members of Congress and Presidents with their capacity to raise money and swing elections. But Democratic Presidents in particular should recognize that these groups are hardly representative and should be met head on. Obama won seventy-eight per cent of the Jewish vote; he is more likely to lose some of that vote if he reverses his position on, say, abortion than if he tries to organize international opinion on the Israeli-Arab conflict. However, some senior members of the Administration have internalized the political restraints that they believe they are under, and cannot think beyond them. Some, like Dennis Ross, who has served five Presidents, can think only in incremental terms.

 

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    The President has made mistakes on this issue: it was a mistake not to follow his historic speech in Cairo, in 2009, with a trip to Jerusalem. When it comes to domestic politics in Israel, he is in a complicated spot. For some Israelis on the right, his race and, more, his middle name make him a source of everlasting suspicion. Yet he is also a communicator of enormous gifts, capable both of assuring Israeli progressives and of reaching out to the anxious center. A visit to Israel, coupled with the presentation of a peace plan, would also help structure international support and clarify American interests. The Palestinian question is not an internal matter for Israel; it is an international matter.



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Re: New Yorker takes Obumer to the wood shed for his cowardice

I can't believe it.  Fancy the New Yorker blustering in unison with all the other right wing toilet papers.  Obama would be shivvering in his boots.  It would be similar to being savaged by a dead sheep.

Senior Advisor

Re: New Yorker takes Obumer to the wood shed for his cowardice

The idiot needs to stay on the golf course and away from the middle east.

Veteran Advisor

Re: New Yorker takes Obumer to the wood shed for his cowardice

78% of American Jews that voted, voted for the Obama Biden disaster?

 

And the common myth is about how intelligent Jews are just gets busted.

 

The New Yorker is about as right wing as General Custer was an indian loving pacifist.

Senior Contributor

Re: New Yorker takes Obumer to the wood shed for his cowardice

 bet you have a lot of knowledge on how to savage a dead sheep ---aint this fun

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Re: New Yorker takes Obumer to the wood shed for his cowardice

Gough...I'm with Red on this one. You made a hideously bad read on the article. It's 180 degrees across from what you say you saw.