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The Threat Behind the Freeze Deal

Why the carrots are really sticks

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In a parenthetical aside I wish I had pursued further, a couple days ago, examining the United States’s proposal to offer Israel aid and security guarantees in exchange for a 90-day extension of the construction freeze, I wrote, “(Israel was probably due for a military upgrade for Iran-related reasons anyway).” Today, Gershom Gorenberg devotes most of a column to an insightful rereading of the deal: Starting from the point that the things that U.S. is offering are things they probably would have offered anyway, he comes to the conclusion: “The carrots are really sticks.”

He argues:

The offer of the planes is not exactly unusual in U.S.-Israeli relations. It fits the consistent policy since 1967 of giving Israel the means to defend itself, so that the United States will not have to. Providing arms is also a way of creating jobs stateside. It’s likely that the F-35 deal was already in the works and has now been made contingent on Israeli actions.

As for the diplomatic moves, these are all things that Washington is already doing. In fact, “keeping up pressure on Iran” is a backward way of saying, “not answering your request to send in our Air Force.” As for American vetoes in the Security Council, this is an old tradition. …

The U.S. offer translates as, “When Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad carries out his plan to declare a state next year, you want us to veto U.N. recognition? Stop the cement-mixers. You want us to keep the inspectors away from your reactor? Please see the instructions above.”

In Gorenberg’s reading, then, the deal represents the Obama administration putting the screws to the Netanyahu administration to an even greater extent than they are getting credit (or blame) for. Gorenberg thinks this is a good thing; reasonable people could differ. But regardless, it is a fresh and revealing way to look at the situation.

Freezing Netanyahu [American Prospect]
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Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

Goremberg’s analysis of the Obamanaughts’ “offer” to Israel is merely stating the obvious (other than his knee-jerk assumption that it’s a “good thing”). That Tracy needed Goremberg to point this out to him, testifies volumes to Tracy’s understanding of both the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Obama’s disastrous policy toward Israel from Day 0.

Where is Lee Smith when you need him?


James Price says:

By making houses the core issue rather than the continued Arab rejection of Israel defined by any borders, the Obami advance the Clinton land-for-nothing deal. The absence of pressure on the Arab side to actually deliver peace and recognition is the key force in how this peace farce is unfolding. The Arabs will get their second Arab state carved out of Palestine, and Israel will get Gaza transplanted on the West Bank.

Jehudah Ben-Israel says:

“When Obama attacked Israel” writes Daniel Greenfield, “for building housing on Jewish owned land in Jerusalem, he was doing more than just pandering to the Muslim hosts with an obligatory dose of Israel bashing. He was diving once again into the ugly pool of bigotry that first surfaced when he used Joe Biden as a proxy to launch a hate campaign against Israel over the same issue back in March. And what it comes down to is Apartheid, plain and simple”.

Jehudah Ben-Israel says:

“Obama’s disastrous policy toward Israel from day 0″


When America elects to the White House a naive person, one with little knowledge of international affairs and no experience and expertise, but with loads of arrogance and ideology that comes from the school of the Rev. J. Wright, L. Farakhan and the likes of the Profs. E. Said and R. Khalidi, anyone would fail. And so, Obama has, and continue to fail.

The sad thing is the fact that Obama is not a private person. With his failure he carries the entire United States of America and the American public.

Viewing the way he handles the Arab Israeli conflict as one example, it is obvious the failure will continue: not bringing peace to the region, while alienating one of America’s most loyal ally, the liberal democracy of Israel, and acting in anti-Jewish fashion – demanding that Jews, because they are Jewish, refrain from living in certain villages, towns and city neighborhoods, which is a form of applied racism against Jews in disputed areas while not asking Arabs to do the same – Obama’s time as an effective President is over before it even commenced.

$135 mil per bird for this F-35. Lockheed knew when they went into overrun, there is no way they would cancel the contract after spending $90 mil each. Bait and switch and they all do it, not just Lockheed.


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