by Clifford D. May
That’s no way to be treated by a Gray Lady.
It really is open season on
“The question,” Times editorial writers add, is whether Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu “is able or willing to lead his country to a peace deal.” That’s the question?
Nonetheless, the fraudulently named U.N. Human Rights Council claims that the museum is being constructed on sacred Muslim soil. Never mind that the building site — in West Jerusalem, not “Arab” East Jerusalem — has been used for decades as a municipal parking lot by Jewish, Muslim, and Christian motorists alike, with Muslim religious authorities voicing no objections.
But the cruelest cut in recent days was made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who called on Israel to “continue building momentum toward a comprehensive peace by demonstrating respect for the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinians, stopping settlement activity, and addressing the humanitarian needs in
To reveal the razorblades embedded in this diplomatic apple, begin with this question: What “momentum toward a comprehensive peace” could Clinton possibly have in mind, considering that since President Obama came to office no senior Palestinian leaders have been willing to sit at the same table with Israeli leaders — as they had in the past?
As for Palestinians’ “legitimate aspirations,” in 2000 and again in 2008, Israeli leaders offered a grand bargain: an independent Palestinian state in all of
But as President Obama’s secretary of state,
Editorial writers at the Times may not understand. Often, they think they are taking positions when they are merely striking poses. The U.N. Human Rights Council has its own agenda — which is self-evidently anti-Israeli and anti-American. But a woman as smart and tough-minded as Hillary Clinton ought to know better.
Clifford D. May, a former New York Times foreign correspondent, is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on terrorism and Islamism.
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