by Isi Leibler
In the midst of celebrating Pesach we watch the storm clouds gathering against
Since the birth of
Seemingly intoxicated by Congress's endorsement of his health care legislation, President Barack Obama appears to have been overcome by a Messiah complex. His actions relating to the Middle East during recent weeks oblige us to face realities about our "unshakable" alliance with the
Over the past year,
Obama demonstrated that, far from being an honest broker, he is forsaking
Beyond that, Obama sought to intimidate Netanyahu into signing additional undertakings instantly without even consulting his cabinet. These included: indefinite extension of the settlement freeze; release of thousands of Palestinian terrorists; transfer of additional territory to Palestinian control; commitment to withdraw to the 1967 "
Obama's objective was to demonstrate to the Arab League meeting this week in
It now appears that the current crisis was a calculated strategy to orchestrate a public confrontation with
Obama recognized that Palestinian intransigence would lead to a breakdown in the proximity talks and that the
This would be used to justify the
Obama would then be in a position to intervene and demand that
Beneath the hypocritical facade of concern for
But the struggle for the hearts and minds of the American people is not over and this is a battle we must win because ultimately people power will determine
TO SUCCEED in communicating our position in this complex labyrinth requires more effective direction and better diplomacy than
Netanyahu must act decisively in the diplomatic arena. While avoiding direct or personal confrontations with the president, he must demonstrate that his government policies reflect the consensus of the nation and are morally justified; that the Palestinians are intransigent, refuse to accept a Jewish state in the framework of a two-state solution and continue to promote a culture of death, martyrdom and incitement; that Israel is a democracy and is entitled to some respect from its senior partner and not be treated as a vassal; that behaving shabbily to a long-standing friend like Israel will undermine the standing of the US with all its allies.
Netanyahu must call on mainstream opposition parties, in particular Kadima, to suspend internecine politics and establish a consensus over issues such as building in
He must create a strategic planning committee to communicate the morality of our case and the reciprocal benefits of the alliance to friends of
The commitment to
Abe Foxman of the ADL responded immediately and courageously criticized the policy of the administration. The AIPAC meeting showed that activist mainstream Jews remain supportive of
The stand taken by the Presidents Conference, the umbrella body dealing with
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