Obama is setting Israel up for a terrible fall *UPDATED*

Never assume stupidity when malevolence can apply — words that aptly characterize the Obama administration’s approach to Israel.  Evelyn Gordon takes a look at the new “proximity” talks between Israel and the Palestinians, talks that no one expects to yield any results.   After all, the predicate is that the Obama administration has made demands only on Israel, and no demands whatsoever on the Palestinians.  One bar is set impossibly high, and the other bar . . . well, there is no other bar.  That contestant just gets to sit on the sidelines and sip daiquiris.  So why go through this charade?

Because currently, Obama lacks both public and congressional support for moving beyond mere verbal hostility. If he didn’t realize this before, the backlash to his March temper tantrum over Ramat Shlomo would certainly have convinced him.

So he needs to up the ante by painting Israel’s government as responsible for torpedoing a key American foreign-policy initiative — one he has repeatedly framed as serving both a vital American national interest and a vital Israeli one. He could then argue not only that Israel deserves punishment but that such punishment would actually serve Israel’s interests.

To avoid this trap, Jerusalem must launch its own PR campaign in America now to put the focus back where it belongs: on Palestinian unwillingness to accept a Jewish state. For if Israel lets Obama control the narrative, the public and congressional support on which it depends may be irretrievably undermined.

UPDATE: As a companion piece to the above, I recommend Daniel Pipes on the only precondition that matters.

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  • 11B40

    And, which government “torpedoed” President Obama’s Iranian foreign policy initiative?

  • jj

    I don’t think Israel’s being set up for a big fall, or really any kind of fall.  It’s only a big fall if you’re surprised – and I don’t think Israel ever for one second considered this guy anything but crap from the get-go, never trusted him an inch, and didn’t – and don’t – believe a word that comes out of his mouth.  Except maybe the hostile ones.  They won’t be surprised, consequently it won’t be a big fall, it’ll simply be a fulfilled expectation.

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  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    What did the Left say again. That Obama would make people feel more comfortable and stop hating the US?
    Another lie, another Leftist day in power.

  • Danny Lemieux

    My faith in Israel’s ability to protect itself knows no bounds. My faith in Obama’s ability to protect us is pretty much zero. Of course war is coming to the Middle East. The only question is when (late summer?).
    I think that America’s many enemies have taken their measure of Obama and acted accordingly. Unfortunately, I think that we Americans have been totally unprepared to take our measure of Obama and our enemies. In the end, I am convinced we will prevail against our enemies, but at what price?

  • suek

    A fair question, Danny.
    I think that this time, the battle will be on our own soil…
    And…we’ll have to take on the enemy within as well as the enemy without.  The question is – can we maintain the protections of freedoms we’ve had in the past?  If so – and if we succeed in rolling our government back to its origins – how do we manage to protect this from happening again??