The Tundra Tabloids has warned about this moment for over three years. Obama lied to US Jews and Christians in his campaign promises about protecting Israel, it was plain as day if one bothered to take a look at all the people he was surrounding himself with as advisors. What the Obama administration is doing, is actually taking serious a Palestinian resolution condemning the settlements in the disputed territories of Judea and Samaria.
What this means is, Obama is considering the lesser of two evils when he should be dismissing either with the wave of the hand. He knows all too well that signing on to the alternative option of “not accepting the legitimacy of the settlements“, will invigorate, and enable Israel’s enemies to ramp up the demonization of the Jewish state on the international level.
But that’s not the only worry Israel has, this disaster of a US presidency, in both foreign and domestic policies, has shown an amateurism not seen since the Carter years and the enemies of both the US and Israel, most noticeably the Iranians, have taken note, and are busy flexing their muscles while the US has been barely able to mutter a response. This disastrous reincarnation of Carter-like amateurism will be the lasting legacy of the Obama (one term) administration.
It’s not a small feat to wrestle the mantle of the worst presidency for failures in both foreign and domestic policies from the neck of former US president, Jimmy Carter, but that is what Barack Hussein Obama has managed to do, and in a rather convincing way. The TT assumes that the Israelis would agree with its analysis as well. KGS
NOTE: The wording of the document does indeed make it problematic for the Arabs to accept, (not declaring that pre-existing settlements as illegitimate) but from a propaganda perspective, what matters most, is if they do accept it. It’s bound to be a propaganda victory for the opposition, who will most undoubtedly promote it as a US’ rejection of the entire Israeli settlement policy, no matter how many times it’s explained to mean otherwise, the anti-Israel opposition and the media will just run with it.
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In sharp reversal, U.S. agrees to rebuke Israel in Security Council
FP: Posted By Colum Lynch Wednesday, February 16, 2011 – 6:00 PM Share
The U.S. informed Arab governments Tuesday that it will support a U.N. Security Council statement reaffirming that the 15-nation body “does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity,” a move aimed at avoiding the prospect of having to veto a stronger Palestinian resolution calling the settlements illegal.
But the Palestinians rejected the American offer following a meeting late Wednesday of Arab representatives and said it is planning to press for a vote on its resolution on Friday, according to officials familar with the issue. The decision to reject the American offer raised the prospect that the Obama adminstration will cast its first ever veto in the U.N. Security Council.
Still, the U.S. offer signaled a renewed willingness to seek a way out of the current impasse, even if it requires breaking with Israel and joining others in the council in sending a strong message to its key ally to stop its construction of new settlements. The Palestinian delegation, along with Lebanon, the Security Council’s only Arab member state, have asked the council’s president this evening to schedule a meeting for Friday. But it remained unclear whether the Palestinian move today to reject the U.S. offer is simply a negotiating tactic aimed at extracting a better deal from Washington.
Navy on alert as 2 Iranian warships transit Suez Canal
By YAAKOV KATZ
Lieberman: This is a provocation that proves the Iranians’ overconfidence is growing from day to day.
The Israel Navy was tracking two Iranian warships as they were set to make a rare crossing of the Suez Canal early Thursday morning.
The vessels were to cross into the Mediterranean Sea on their way to Syria. Defense officials said Israel would monitor them, although their presence in the sea would not change anything for the navy’s operational deployment.
“It is strange for the Iranian Navy to use the Suez Canal since it really doesn’t have anything to do in the Mediterranean Sea,” one official said.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called the planned transit of the canal by the ships a “provocation that proves that the overconfidence of the Iranians is growing from day to day.”
Speaking at a meeting in Jerusalem of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Lieberman lashed out at the international community, which he said was not doing enough to confront Iranian provocations.
He also said he expected the world to “put the Iranians in their place. We are the true allies of the United States in the region, and the only ones that share its values. The international community needs to understand that Israel will not be able to ignore these provocations forever.”