Call it strategic Jew-baiting, call it what you will.
President Obama has finally swallowed that pill. He has fallen in line, put peace interests behindâ€¦ a two-state solution may now never happen.
Blame it on Hamas. Blame it on Abbas. Blame it on Arafat alone, or old Ariel Sharon.
Reactions among the Palestinians to U.S. President Barak Obamaâ€™s speech at the United Nations last week are beginning to accumulate; and the consensus features some very very ugly responses.
Here is part of a column byAdel Abd al-Rahman, a Palestinian journalist from al-Hayat al-Jadida, a Palestinian Authority daily:
“The black presidentâ€™s speech was blacker than the tar thrown at the Palestinians, because his main concern is to guarantee Jewish votes and AIPAC’s financial and propagandist support.
The idea that Jews control American politics is of course not new in Arab political discourse, nor is it uncommon for Arab media outlets to play up the race of senior U.S. officials. The Saudi press, for instance, made much of former Secretary of State
Condoleezza Riceâ€™s race in both its texts and cartoons. Nonetheless, itâ€™s still strange that people determined to be accepted as an equal among nations wouldnâ€™t be ashamed of projecting such a vicious worldview through an official media organ.”
MJ Rosenberg of al Jazeera wrote in his column:
“The Palestinian issue is the one issue on which all Muslims are united. Whether Saudi, Iranian, Indonesian, or Afghani, the one issue that brings Muslims together is the belief that the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza are terrible wrongs, supported by the US. Muslims aren’t the only ones who feel this way, as will be demonstrated by the overwhelming vote for the Palestinian statehood resolution that the US and Israel will stand virtually alone in opposing.
The Obama administration should keep that in mind when it decides how it will handle the vote. Promoting the two-state solution, starting with a vote FOR a Palestinian state at the UN, is not only the moral thing to do – just as it was when the US supported Israel’s statehood at the UN in 1947 – but it is also the right thing to do from the standpoint of America’s security. For Israel’s sake, for the Palestinians’, and for our own, the President should tell the US ambassador to the UN to vote ‘yes’.”
Rosenberg is wrong about the blockade on Gaza and the settlements in Judea and Samaria. With Hamas in the picture, the former is here to stay â€“ even if it was Kadema’s fault that Hamas is so powerful â€“ the latter is Abbas’ fault on account of his racism.
NyTimes video about Ariel…