Says nothing of PA incitement & no PA concessions
In an interview with TIME magazine, President Obama, reflecting back on his first year in office, said:
Both sides the Israelis and the Palestinians have found that the political environment, the nature of their coalitions or the divisions within their societies, were such that it was very hard for them to start engaging in a meaningful conversation From [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas perspective, hes got Hamas looking over his shoulder and, I think, an environment generally within the Arab world that feels impatient with any process. And on the Israeli front although the Israelis, I think, after a lot of time showed a willingness to make some modifications in their policies, they still found it very hard to move with any bold gestures (Joe Klein, Q&A: Obama on His First Year in Office, TIME, January 21, 2010).
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, We are disappointed and critical of President Obamas perspective, which carries with it worrying implications for the way he intends to continue to conduct
First, President Obama failed to acknowledge that Israel has made a recent major, unprecedented concession to Abbas and the PA by freezing for 10 months all Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria and that Israel did this despite receiving nothing in return from Abbas PA. Even President Obama acknowledges that Abbas has refused to make any concessions. Not to mention that
Second, the Netanyahu government has repeatedly offered to restart negotiations at any time with Abbas PA, without preconditions. It is therefore incorrect, absurd and outrageous to say, as President Obama did, that
Third, by explaining away the admitted absence of any Palestinian concessions by reference to Abbas having to contend with having Hamas looking over his shoulder, President Obama gave Abbas and the PA a free pass for their refusal to negotiate with Israel and for failing to make any concessions whatsoever, let alone having failed over 16 years to fulfill their existing signed obligations under the Oslo agreements to arrest terrorists, outlaw terrorist groups and end the incitement to hatred and violence against Jews and Israel within the PA that feeds terror and rejection of Israel. It may be asked: why does President Obama support creating a Palestinian state when he himself suggests that Hamas is a major influence on Abbas and the PA and that it would therefore be a major, pro-terror, anti-peace force within any Palestinian state that was created under existing conditions?
Fourth, in this context, it is noteworthy that in his interview, President Obama never once referred to Palestinian incitement, the issue which even he has at times acknowledged to be very important. His omission is all the more worrying in view of the fact that in recent days the Israeli government wrote to President Obama specifically raising numerous, recent cases of obscene glorification of terrorists and terrorism by Mahmoud Abbas and the PA. His omission of this key problem that stymies all chance of peace is therefore notable and deeply troubling. Apparently, President Obama does not believe in putting Palestinian incitement on the agenda.
Fifth, President Obama nowhere acknowledged in this interview the elephant in the room that his own Administrations heavy-handed and public efforts to pressure Israel to adopt the racist and discriminatory policy of freezing all Jewish construction in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem is responsible for the lack of diplomatic motion because it resulted only in the PA seizing on this as a pretext for refusing to negotiate with Israel until this occurs. It would be hard it imagine a
Sixth, President Obamas said that Abbas has to deal with an environment generally within the Arab world that feels impatient with any process what does this mean? Is he saying that Arab states want no peace negotiations and wants to continue war? Or does he mean that they want
This is a deeply flawed and hostile perspective on