Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hillary: Israel - Palestinian status quo unsustainable?

This disturbing article from Reuters:

President Barack Obama will lay out U.S. policy toward the Middle East and North Africa in the coming weeks, Clinton told Arab and U.S. policy makers in a speech that placed particular emphasis on Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Obama's launch of direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks last year went nowhere and he is under pressure to make a new initiative or face the prospect of the Palestinians seeking the U.N. General Assembly's blessing for a Palestinian state.
"The president will be speaking in greater detail about America's policy in the Middle East and North Africa in the coming weeks," Clinton said at the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, a gathering sponsored by Qatar and the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.
"America's core interests and values have not changed, including our commitment to promote human rights, resolve long-standing conflicts, counter Iran's threats and defeat al Qaeda and its extremist allies," she added. "This includes renewed pursuit of comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace."
Clinton spoke against the backdrop of the popular revolts that have toppled long-time authoritarian leaders in Tunisia and Egypt this year and spurred public protests in much of the Arab world, including Libya, Bahrain, Syria and Yemen.
"The status quo between Palestinians and Israelis is no more sustainable than the political systems that have crumbled in recent months," she said, saying the only way to meet both people's aspirations was through a two-state solution.
"And while it is a truism that only the parties themselves can make the hard choices for peace, there is no substitute for continued, active American leadership -- and the president and I are committed to that," she added.

What?  Is this administration comparing the relationship between the Palestinians and Israeli's to those of the people in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya to their leaders?  Those states had [have] dictators that have treated their citizens not just badly but in some cases have mowed them down.    So, if the situations are comparable is Hillary Clinton trying to say one side [Israel] is acting like a despotic ruler in treating the people [Palestinians] disgracefully and that situation will surely crumble like in Egypt and Tunisia and possibly Libya?
If the status quo is not sustainable between Israel and the Palestinians, as Hillary says, what is the change that is inevitable?   The Israeli government will fall?  The two state solution will be forced on Israel? What does it mean?
This article also is disturbing because it has Reuters usual  anti Israel slant. Check out the last two paragraphs:

Over 500 Israeli civilians died in 140 Palestinian suicide bomb attacks from 2000 to 2007. More than 4,500 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the same period.
A bomb planted in a bag exploded near a bus stop in a Jewish district of Jerusalem on March 23, killing a woman and injuring at least 30 people, in an attack police blamed on Palestinian militants.
Do you see how Reuters takes it as a given that 4500 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces [not to even mention saying that Israel acted in self defense to their citizens getting bombed]. But they
do not take it as a given that Palestinian terrorists planted a bomb at the Jerusalem bus stop; they say Israeli police blamed  Palestinians militants.


The Balladeer said...

The Obama Administration continues to drift Left! This means its allies are the PLO, even the Muslim Brotherhood, while Israel is increasingly seen as a nuisance at best! as an enemy at worst! This is not good for America or for Israel!! I pray every day for a reversal of this course.

Big Mike said...

Me too, Balladeer!