Beginning tomorrow, a parade of four Obama administration officials are coming to visit for a series of meetings with Israeli Officials.
The purposes of the meetings are to twist Israel’s arm regarding the disagreement over the adding home to existing settlements and to make sure that Israel doesn’t try and destroy Iran’s growing nuclear capacity
First up is George Mitchell, the special U.S. envoy to the Middle East, He will meet with Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday and with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday.
Mitchell is in charge of Barack Obama’s efforts to pressure Israel into a construction freeze in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem So far, Prime Minister Netanyahu has fought Obama’s pressure, and the recent addition of Jerusalem to the American demands has solidified Bibi’s support within Israel. According to Israel National News:
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The U.S. State Department said Mitchell would continue to focus on the Israeli-Palestinian Authority conflict in his visit. “He wants to be clear that, you know, all sides are creating the conditions, putting themselves in position so that when we begin a formal negotiating process, we’ve put ourselves in the best position to have a successful outcome,” State department spokesman Phillip Crowley said.
On Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is to land in Israel and will meet with Netanyahu. Aides said his visit would focus on Iran, and Gates is expected to tell the Israelis that Obama is serious on ending Iran’s nuclear program, and that his offer to Iran for negotiations is not open-ended.
Later in the week, U.S. National Security Advisor James Jones and White House Iranian affairs expert Dennis Ross will meet with Netanyahu. The White House said the two would “discuss the broad range of issues in our relationships with Israel and the Palestinian Authority [building] on discussions special envoy Mitchell and Secretary Gates will have a few days earlier.”
Arrival of Four Officials Said to be “Coincidental”
American officials said the convergence of four senior officials on Israel in one week was “coincidental.”
Netanyahu also downplayed the significance of the visits on Sunday morning. “These visits are taking place as part of the ongoing relationship between Israel and the U.S.,” he said. “Even in friendly relationships there are different opinions. We want to reach understandings so we can achieve our common goals – peace, security, and development in the Middle East.”
These meetings come under the “shadow” of SOS Clinton’s admonishment telling Israel to cool her buns regarding Iran. On today’s Meet the Press, Ms Clinton added to the pressure about Iran by saying that Washington hoped Israel understood that American attempts to talk to Iran was a better approach than launching a military strike.
All of this pressure will result in one of two options. Either Israel will continue to fight Obama’s one-sided demands, eventually weakening the relationship between America and its closest ally in the US, or Israel will give-in, appeasing the Palestinians, once again proving that Terrorism works.