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Current American Administration Middle East Policy - Overcoming Obstacles for True Peace

Reader comment on item: Obama and Israel, Into the Abyss

Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Jul 22, 2009 at 13:55

For years, nay, decades, the United States has been in the middle of Middle East politics, even before it was fashionable, because it seemed that America had a better understanding of the freedom sought by Jews to live in land with people of common interests, common goals. Sadly, this is evaporating here in America, so why should anyone expect the same anywhere else? In Jerusalem, one has to be kidding to think that the current American Administration is going to honor the right of Jewish citizens to live free in their own land when the liberties once thought inherent as an America citizen is coming under socialist fire.

What is being witnessed is the prerequisites necessary for the enemies of Israel to develop the pretext for the next intifada, put on hold by the Islamic sentimentalists to see what support (or lack thereof) might be coming from the current American Administration. Yet even as the rhetoric that proceeded from the American Administration sounded aligned with the Islamic sensibilities regarding Israel's position in the land, other sympathetic antipathies against Israel besides the 'Palestinians' are still festering against Israel, and may not wait further for the 'settlement' issue to be resolved. It is now possible that waiting to see is no longer being considered convenient.

Syria has been chafing about Golan as it always has, and now their patience is stretched to a breaking point. Then there is the Lebanese issue with Hizbollah smoldering for another shot. Their concern about the settlements is less than their concern about their own issues of desiring sovereignty on Israel territory, and that may be a point the American administration has been overlooking in the guise of re-establishing relations with Bashar al-Assad.

Israel's resurgent position on Israeli sovereignty has its strength in the redefined obstinacy of the American Administration's position towards Israeli effort to provide for its people. The negative intrusion of the American Administration into Israel's internal affairs at a level not seen since the Jimmy Carter's Administration makes for the supposition that America's friendship with Israel will come under a strain that could lead to Israel ignoring further such intrusions; and where will that leave the relations?

This reader can hardly wait for the eleven o'clock news for that one.


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