Since he came into office Barack Obama has been one-sided in his Middle East Policy, in his view pressuring both sides in the Israel/Palestinian conflict is going after both Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu AND Defense Minister Ehud Barack. Thankfully the folks at Latma TV have figured out the real problem, the video below shows Barack Obama’s real Middle East solution (with tongue firmly in cheek).If you cannot see video below click here.
The President talks about how the construction freeze ended right after face to face negations started, but never mentions the fact that the freeze itself was meant a gesture by the Israeli government, a gesture that was ignored by the Palestinian side for nine months before they agreed to negotiate. President Abbas was well aware of the time left in the year-long freeze when he entered into the talks. A skeptical person might even wonder if Abbas wasted the first nine months to ensure the talks failed.
The Palestinians never made the cession of building Israeli communities in the West Bank a pre-condition to peace talks until the Obama administration made it an issue. During the government of Prime Minister Comb-over Olmert “peace” talks and construction of communities were happening at the same time.
The entire construction issue was caused by the Obama administration’s naïveté. What the President and his advisers perceived as a minor concession (a construction freeze) was for Israel a grave sacrifice. This was a major error by the Obama administration. Their insistence on a freeze and their constant public berating of the Jewish State has turned the much of the Israeli population against Obama, especially the Israeli left, whom Obama would look to for support.
The news that Obama was breaking a Bush-era pledge to Israel regarding natural expansion in existing settlements only made things worse. And worse yet, it gave the Palestinians an excuse to avoid talking
The fact that it was President Obama who made new construction in the disputed territories an issue, was mysteriously missing from Mr. Vittert’s report.
Compounding Obama’s mistake is the fact that the Palestinians have seized upon the American over-reaction as an excuse to avoid talking. If he was to make an honest accounting of the reason for the breakdown in talks, he would have placed the pressure precisely where it belongs, on the head of the Palestinian.