"We see Barak as one of the few members of the current [Israeli]
administration who understands our vision," an Obama administration source
The White House has warned Israel that the United States would maintain
pressure until the end of all Jewish construction in eastern Jerusalem and
the West Bank as well as the demolition of unauthorized communities, Middle East Newsline reported. The
message was also relayed by key members of Congress who visited Israel in
The sources said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other senior
administration officials have been in steady contact with Ms. Livni, whose
Kadima Party won the most seats in Knesset elections in 2009 but failed to
form a coalition majority. They said the administration also envisions
any post-Netanyahu government as retaining Ehud Barak as defense minister.
On June 2, Barak met Obama for 15 minutes in an unannounced meeting at
the White House. Obama walked into a session between the Israeli defense
minister and National Security Advisor James Jones in what the sources said
was meant to demonstrate the president's endorsement of Barak's policy of
destroying unauthorized Jewish communities in the West Bank.
"Part of being a good friend is being honest," Obama said on June 1 in
an interview with National Public Radio. "I believe that strategically, the
status quo is unsustainable when it comes to Israel's security. Over time,
in the absence of peace with Palestinians, Israel will continue to be
threatened militarily and will have enormous problems on its borders."
The White House campaign appeared to reflect a similar effort by
President Bill Clinton in 1999. Clinton, angered over Netanyahu's insistence
on Palestinian reciprocity before any military redeployment in the West
Bank, refused to meet the Israeli prime minister and backed his challenger,
Barak, in national elections. Barak, aided by heavy U.S. political and
financial support, easily beat Netanyahu and became prime minister.
A senior administration official said Obama, pressed by his special
envoy, George Mitchell, was preparing to publicly blame Netanyahu for any
U.S. failure to advance efforts toward a Palestinian state in the West Bank.
The official said the administration, in consultation with current and
former Israeli politicians, was considering boycotting the prime minister,
blocking weapons exports and ending near-total U.S. support for Israel in
the United Nations.
"We have made this very clear that our intention is to bring about an
Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement regardless of the leadership in Israel,"
the official said.
The administration has concluded that a crisis between Israel and the
United States would immediately jeopardize the future of Netanyahu and his
government. The sources, some of whom dealt with Netanyahu when he was prime
minister in the mid-1990s, said the crisis would be magnified by the Israeli
media and political opposition while leading the Palestinian Authority and
European Union states to shun Netanyahu as well.
The sources said the Obama plan to pressure Netanyahu was relayed to PA
Chairman Mahmoud Abbas during his visit to Washington in late May. They said
Abbas was told that Israel would be pressured into agreeing to a complete
halt in Jewish construction in the West Bank as well as the establishment of
a Palestinian state even at the cost of a new government.
"Our immediate object is to start working with our Israeli and Arab
partners and our allies in the international community, to create the
conditions for a peaceful solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, and
establish a viable independent Palestinian state," the senior official said.
The sources said Obama regarded a freeze on Jewish construction in the
West Bank as a leading U.S. challenge in relations with Israel. They said
Mitchell, scheduled to arrive in Israel on June 8, was tracking developments
in the West Bank on a daily basis, sending teams to monitor Jewish
construction in Jerusalem and consulting with Israeli opposition groups that
have encouraged the White House to topple Netanyahu.
"I think there have been times where we are not as honest as we should
be about the fact that the current direction, the current trajectory, in the
region is profoundly negative, not only for Israeli interests but also U.S.
interests," Obama said. "That's part of a new dialogue that I'd like to see
encouraged in the region."
"Although I don't want to put artificial time tables on that process, we
do want to make sure that, by the end of this year, we've actually seen a
serious process move forward," Obama said.
Obama and his Administration need to study their Bible, especially Ezekiel... While it is written "all nations shall be against Israel", it is also written that "God will raise his hand against all nations which oppose Isreal"! Has anyone been paying attention to what has been happening in the U.S. lately?
11:50 p.m. / Tuesday, June 9, 2009
How about a viable and sustainable Israeli State!!! Oh...I guess that does not matter! The Palestinians have had long enough time to have a two state solution and all they seem to want is a "one state" solution..."PALESTINE"!
6:17 p.m. / Sunday, June 7, 2009
Well this just shows why Ehud Barak needs to be fired immediately. Anyone who lines with Obama's foreign policy vision is mentally challenged.
5:50 p.m. / Sunday, June 7, 2009