Long time readers are probably aware that I’ve got no love lost for Israel. In the general sense, I don’t favor Israel or Palestine in their conflict; they both have a right to the land they’re sitting on and it’s a damn shame that their situation is being exploited by certain forces so as to make it a microcosm for east vs west warfare.
That said, Israel has displayed some atrocious behaviour in the fight. A rocket flies into Israel, they firebomb a few neighborhoods. They sign treaties and then don’t follow them, expand into Palestinian settlements, and generally bully their way around largely because they have the US backing them up. Want an analogy? The Israel is to the US as North Korea is to China.
All of this has been met with condemnation by the people that has been almost disturbingly not present in our political discourse. While most Americans tend to say that both sides of the fight deserve their land and that the US should stay the hell out of it, politicians from Obama to Clinton to Romney to Palin have all bent over backwards to lick Israel’s nether regions.
Thus, Obama’s snub of Netanyahu is just friggin’ awesome.
After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on settlements, Mr Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White House, consult with advisers and “let me know if there is anything new”, a US congressman, who spoke to the Prime Minister, said.
Sources said that Mr Netanyahu failed to impress Mr Obama with a flow chart purporting to show that he was not responsible for the timing of announcements of new settlement projects in east Jerusalem. Mr Obama was said to be livid when such an announcement derailed the visit to Israel by Joe Biden, the Vice-President, this month and his anger towards Israel does not appear to have cooled.
No matter what Israeli apologists and neocons might say, no one has ever suggested that Israel should be destroyed or that Palestine should be allowed to nuke their roommates. What has been said is that Israel has shown absolutely no willingness to compromise and refuses to take responsibility for even what we know damn well they did. They don’t want peace, they want the entire land. It’s been unbalanced, unfair, and often illegal.
And the world knows it, too. Israel got smacked around at a Middle Eastern summit recently.
The Arab League summit began on Saturday in the Libyan city of Sirte, with Amr Moussa, the Arab League chief, warning that continued Israeli settlement building would end efforts to revive the Middle East peace process.
“We have to study the possibility that the peace process will be a complete failure,” Moussa said in his opening speech to the two-day annual summit.
“It’s time to face Israel … We have accepted an open-ended peace process but that resulted in a loss of time and we did not achieve anything and allowed Israel to practise its policy for 20 years.”
The problem is that it’s impossible to criticize Israel without it being conflated with a “lack of support” for the oft-terrorized nation. Israel has been given every opportunity to play nice. They haven’t. It’s time to deliver an ultimatum and either get them to work with Palestine or they don’t get any more gub’mint cheese.