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Netanyahua at AIPAC: Jerusalem Not a Settlement

March 23, 2010

The Israeli Prime Minister spoke at the AIPAC meeting recently, continuing to be defiant towards the Obama administration.  He firmly stated that Jerusalem is not a settlement, it is the Israeli capital, and therefore any freeze to settlement construction will not apply there.  He also added that this is well-known in the US, Europe, Israel, and among the Palestinians.

Netanyahu’s views on Jerusalem are nothing new, in fact this is just a reassertion of long-standing policy in his government and by the Israeli state in general.  What is significant about it is the fact that it comes so closely on the heels of the diplomatic dispute between Israel and the US, which has widely been trumpeted as the worst in 30 years.  Following fairly direct statements from US Secretary of State Clinton that Netanyahu stop the Jerusalem construction and give the Palestinians a meaningful gesture of goodwill in order to restart the peace talks, this can only be viewed as a snub to the US administration.

It is further evidence that Obama is viewed as a weakling by the Israelis, someone who can safely be defied without fear of repercussions.  This goes back to his first few months in office when Obama called for a complete settlement freeze and was promptly ignored by the Israelis with zero consequences, even in the form of meaningless verbal scolding.  This tacit support of Israeli impunity can be seen even earlier in regards to Obama, when as president-elect he refused to speak out against the bloody assault on Gaza of 2008-2009.

It is clear that Obama is going to be spineless when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian issue, just as it is becoming ever more clear that in his pursuit of compromise and centrism in his domestic agenda he will fail to make any moves that might alientate anyone andharm his political future.

One Comment leave one →
  1. cheeba permalink
    March 25, 2010 15:09

    matt you are really slackin here, not sure this should even be called tedmatt……… what do ya have to say about that?

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