Israel National News reports that in its last days, the Obama administration plans to come down hard on Israel:
The Middle East Quartet, made up of the US, EU, UN, and Russia, is scheduled to release a major policy report later in coming weeks, and senior diplomats involved in its drafting have indicated that the US is taking a far harder line on Israel than in the past.
Why should the U.S., the E.U., the United Nations and Russia be working on a “major policy report” relating to Israel? Israel is the only place in the region that isn’t a colossal mess.
The report, which is likely to be released in late May or early June, will focus heavily on Israeli construction in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem, senior diplomats told AP. The Quartet’s report will also take Israel to task for the demolition of illegal Arab buildings – many of which were built with the support of the European Union.
Yes, Jews building houses is the number one problem in the Middle East.
While in the past the US worked to soften some of the criticism against Israel leveled by the EU, UN, and Russia, now, say officials working on the Quartet report, US diplomats are pushing for harsher language against the Jewish state.
One diplomat said the report was the Obama administration’s way of putting Israel “on notice” that its patience was wearing thin.
So a year and a half ago, when the administration called Israel’s Prime Minister “chickenshit,” that was a manifestation of patience.
News of the Quartet report comes amid leaks indicating the Obama administration is considering unprecedented moves to force Israel and the Palestinian Authority to the negotiating channel. One option reportedly on the table is a United Nations Security Council Resolution to layout the frame work for a final status agreement – and force both Israel and the Palestinian Authority into final talks.
I don’t know how Barack Obama or anyone else will “force” Israel and the Palestinians into “final talks.” What I find incomprehensible is this endless obsession with Israel, the only oasis of sanity in the Middle East. If the U.S., the E.U., the U.N. and Russia are going to do some forcing, how about starting with Syria, Iran, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey?
The only people as happy to see Barack Obama gone as Americans will be the Israelis.