‘Expects’ Obama to Win [incl. Rashid Khalidi] Israel
Looks to create defensible borders before pressured into concessions
May 26, 2008
The diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, said
The other diplomat said
“Look, there’s no doubt [Prime Minister Ehud] Olmert is rushing into talks with Syria and looking to create a Palestinian state, at least on paper, by January due to the criminal probe against him. But it is understood
Olmert’s government has been holding intense negotiations with the Palestinians the past few months following last November’s U.S.-sponsored
Also last week, both the Syrian government and Olmert’s office announced Israel and Syria are holding indirect talks about a deal in which
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem claimed Olmert agreed to withdraw from the entire Golan in advance of the indirect talks, while Olmert’s office would only say it is in negotiations with
It is widely believed here Olmert is engaging in talks with Syria due to his implication in what is being described as a very serious criminal investigation.
Politicians from across the political spectrum including member’s of Olmert’s own Kadima party and other leftist Knesset members who support talks with
Last week, a poll conducted by
Olmert has said he would resign if he is indicted in the probe, which focuses on alleged bribes he took in exchange for political favors.
The Israeli diplomats speaking to WND today agreed with the estimation Olmert is in dialogue with
Asked how an Israeli evacuation of the West Bank or Jerusalem neighborhoods under any circumstances would advance Israel’s security, the diplomat replied: “We are talking about whether Israel would retain certain settlement blocks and other security guarantees, like some sort of Israeli monitoring mechanism in Palestinian areas. Also,
Obama questioned over ties to Palestinian activist
Obama has been assailed over his stated commitment to
At a Boca Raton, Fla., synagogue last week, participants in a panel discussion quizzed Obama about his relationship with Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalidi, a pro-Palestinian activist and harsh critic of
Obama replied: “You mentioned Rashid Khalidi, who’s a professor at
Khalidi’s ties to Obama were first exposed by WND in February in a widely cited article.
According to a professor at the
Sources at the university told WND that Khalidi and Obama lived in nearby faculty residential zones and that the two families dined together a number of times. The sources said the Obamas even babysat the Khalidi children.
Khalidi in 2000 held what was described as a successful fundraiser for Obama’s failed bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, a fact not denied by Khalidi, who spoke to WND in February.
As WND reported, an anti-Israel Arab group run by Khalidi’s wife, Mona, received crucial funding from a Chicago nonprofit, the Woods Fund, for which Obama served as a board member.
When Khalidi departed the
Earlier this month, WND noted Obama termed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a “constant sore” in an interview just five days after Khalidi wrote an opinion piece in the Nation magazine in which he called the “Palestinian question” a “running sore.”
In his piece, “Palestine: Liberation Deferred,” Khalidi suggests Israel carried out “ethnic cleansing” of Palestinians; writes Western powers backed Israel’s establishment due to guilt of the Holocaust; laments the Palestinian Authority’s stated acceptance of a Palestinian state “only” in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and eastern sections of Jerusalem; and argues Israel should be dissolved and instead a binational, cantonal system should be set up in which Jews and Arabs reside.
During documented speeches and public events, Khalidi has called
He has multiple times implied support for Palestinian terror, calling suicide bombings a response to “Israeli aggression.” He dedicated his 1986 book, “Under Siege,” to “those who gave their lives … in defense of the cause of
Critics assailed the book as excusing Palestinian terrorism and claim the dedication is in reference to the Palestine Liberation Organization, which at that time committed scores of anti-Western attacks and was labeled by the
Top Obama adviser: NYC,
Obama also came under fire last week for comments made by Merrill A. McPeak, Obama’s military adviser and national campaign co-chairman, in which he implied
The Republican Jewish Coalition last week took out ads in top
McPeak was asked during a 2003 interview with the Oregonian newspaper whether the problem in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict originated with the White House or the State Department.
“So where’s the problem?” the interviewer asked.
McPeak replied, “
McPeak went on to insist that to solve the conflict, Israelis must “stop settling the
Obama adviser: Divide
Much concern has also been expressed about Obama’s top Midde East adviser, Daniel Kurtzer, who has long been seen as one of
Earlier this month, Kurtzer stressed Jerusalem must be included in any negotiations between
Kurtzer, a former
Obama’s appointment of Kurtzer raised eyebrows among the pro-Israel Jewish community.
“We oppose the appointment of Kurtzer because of his long, documented record of hostility to and severe pressure upon
Kurtzer has been blasted by mainstream Jewish organizations, including the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
He has angered Israeli leaders many times for pushing
“With Jews like Kurtzer, it is impossible to build a healthy relationship between
Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir said Kurtzer “frequently pressured Israel to make one-sided concessions to the Arabs; he constantly blamed Israel for the absence of Mideast peace, and paid little or no attention to the fact that the Palestinians were carrying out terrorist attacks and openly calling for the destruction of Israel.”
Morris Amitay, former executive director of the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in 2001: “Kurtzer … will use his Jewishness as a protective cover for his anti-Israel views.”
The ZOA points out
“Possibly more than any other U.S. State Department official, Kurtzer has been instrumental in promoting the goals of the Palestinians and in raising their afflictions to the center of the
Kurtzer first rose to prominence in 1988 when, as a State Department adviser, he counseled the Reagan administration to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization led by Yasser Arafat. The PLO had carried out scores of anti-Western attacks, but in the late ’80s Arafat claimed to have renounced violence.
In 1988, Kurtzer was noted as the principal author of a major policy speech by then-Secretary of State George Shultz in which the
Haaretz reported in 2001 that Kurtzer had a “vocal conflict” with an Israeli government official in