Friday, May 27, 2011

Krauthammer: What Obama did to Israel

Washington Post

Every Arab-Israeli negotiation contains a fundamental asymmetry: Israel gives up land, which is tangible; the Arabs make promises, which are ephemeral. The long-standing American solution has been to nonetheless urge Israel to take risks for peace while America balances things by giving assurances of U.S. support for Israel’s security and diplomatic needs.

It’s on the basis of such solemn assurances that Israel undertook, for example, the Gaza withdrawal. In order to mitigate this risk, President George W. Bush gave a written commitment that America supported Israel absorbing major settlement blocs in any peace agreement, opposed any return to the 1967 lines and stood firm against the so-called Palestinian right of return to Israel.

For 2 1 / 2 years, the Obama administration has refused to recognize and reaffirm these assurances. Then last week in his State Department speech, President Obama definitively trashed them. He declared that the Arab-Israeli conflict should indeed be resolved along “the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.” [...]


  1. Krauthammer is one of the know-nothings who supported the Gaza Expulsion, so who is he to lecture anyone? They are all criminals, and they are all scum. All the bickering about how documents are worded ignores the real problem, The Entire Oslo Paradigm is the Destruction of the Jewish People.

  2. This was really an awful piece. For a great refutation, see .


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