Feb 24/09. Over the past week, the
Obama administration has taken a series of steps that show that it plans to
push the traditional US policy of pressuring Israel to make unreciprocated
concessions to its Arab neighbors to an entirely new level.
Whereas the Bush administration
rejected the legitimacy of the Iranian-supported Hamas terror group, the
Obama administration gave three signs this week that it is willing to
recognize a Hamas-led Palestinian regime.
First, its surrogate, Senator John
Kerry, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, visited Hamas-controlled
Gaza and so effectively accepted Hamas protection. While there, he accepted
a letter from Hamas to President Barack Obama and duly delivered it to the
US consulate in Jerusalem.
Second, Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton announced that she will participate in next month's
Egyptian-sponsored conference which aims to raise money to rebuild Hamas-controlled
Gaza in the aftermath of its unprovoked missile war against Israel. This is
the first time that the US has willingly participated in raising money for
Gaza since Hamas seized power in June 2007.
Finally, Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas
has decided to participate in negotiations aimed at reestablishing the
Hamas-Fatah unity government. Abbas claims that the US now supports such a
government that would again render Fatah Hamas's junior partner. US
recognition of such a government would constitute US recognition of Hamas as
a legitimate actor.
The Obama administration, President
Shimon Peres, and the IDF General Staff under Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi ...
If these forces act in concert to oppose Netanyahu, his ability to govern
and remain in office will indeed be significantly diminished.
In their bid to discredit the
Netanyahu government, Peres and Obama will apparently enjoy the support of
the IDF General Staff. According to a report in Ma'ariv on Friday, IDF Chief
of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi has embraced defeatism as a national
strategy. Ma'ariv's diplomatic commentator Ben Caspit reported that
Ashkenazi claims that while it is true that Israel has military capacity to
set back Iran's nuclear program significantly, there is no point in doing