by Isi Leibler
We are currently being subjected to a chorus of proclamations by government spokesmen, American Jewish leaders and Obama administration representatives reassuring us that Israeli-US relations are back on track. Ironically, these frenetic denials that any problem exists merely highlight the severity of the crisis.
Having recently gained direct insight into the American political scene and met a wide cross-section of American Jewish leaders and opinion makers, it is frustrating to observe how in response to a few friendly strokes and reassuring words, we still grasp straws to avoid facing unpleasant realities and accept at face value meaningless incantations that all is well.
The truth is that there is no tangible evidence that the
It is however reassuring that contrary to the predictions of President Barack Obama's Jewish advisers, American Jewish protest at grassroots levels has emerged, deploring the bias and hostility displayed toward the Netanyahu government.
This contrasted with Jewish leaders most of whom privately expressed dismay with Obama breaching his pre-election commitments relating to
In fact, aside from Abe Foxman of the ADL, a curtain of silence initially enveloped the shocked Jewish establishment. Only weeks later did a number of high-profile Democratic supporters like Alan Dershowitz and former
It was only then that the administration grasped the extent of the backlash against Obama's
The concerns of the administration were further heightened when opinion polls showed that the broad American public opposed Obama's Middle East policies and strongly supported
This led to frantic efforts by the administration to reassure the public that Obama had not betrayed
Ambassador Michael Oren, who had initially stated that the rift with the
Wiesel after being charmed by Obama at a kosher luncheon naively proclaimed that "the tension is over" and quoted Obama denying that there had ever been any policy change.
PROCLAMATIONS OF support for
Furthermore, the State Department has begun ominously threatening to hold "to account" any parties indulging in acts "of provocation" leading to a breakdown in the proximity talks. Yet the incitement, repeated aggressive initiatives and breaches of existing commitments by Palestinian Authority leaders, including the recent effort to block
The situation is aggravated when government circles which hitherto denied an imprimatur for
It is surely not "mainstream" for a Jewish organization to lobby the
It is thus surely time for Israeli leaders, including the prime minister, to spell out the truth. One cannot expect the American public or even American Jews to be critical of the policies of their government while Israeli leaders express unqualified praise for an administration which fails to act evenhandedly.
The harsh reality is that despite all the babble about peace, there is currently no light at the end of the tunnel and these wretched proximity talks in lieu of direct negotiations make prospects for a genuine settlement more remote than ever.
Alas, even if PA President Mahmoud Abbas had the power or inclination to genuinely reach a settlement, no Israeli government could accommodate the more intransigent demands being promoted on the basis of undertakings allegedly received from the Americans.
Unless the Palestinians once again shoot themselves in the foot, the almost inevitable outcome is that the talks will collapse and
Obama has already suggested that if the talks collapse, he would convene an international conference with the Quartet. In the climate of the Goldstone Report and intensified efforts to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish state, the
Netanyahu may be surprised at the positive response he gains from the American public if he tells the truth and reiterates that the vast majority of Israelis are desperate to separate themselves from the Palestinians. But this cannot be achieved by once again gambling with our security by making concessions without reciprocity to those committed to our destruction.
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