March 9/09. With each announcement
of a new appointee to the Obama Middle East foreign policy team the tilt
against Israel increases.
Samantha Powers and James Jones,
both with long records of antagonism towards Israel, were followed by
lesser-known names of the same persuasion.
George Mitchell, who carries the
flag for moral equivalence is directed to mediate the Arab-Israeli impasse
and, if past experience is any guide, will call on Israel to sacrifice its
security and safety in exchange for an Arab promise not to wantonly kill
The appointment of Chas Freeman is
the one move that is most problematical. One can grasp the problems with
Freeman just by listening to him:
"The problem of terrorism that now
bedevils us has its origins in.....the Middle East. To end this terrorism we
must address the issues in the region that give rise to it. Principal among
these is the brutal oppression of the Palestinians by an Israeli occupation.
....Israel no longer even pretends to seek peace with the Palestinians..."
Freeman, May 2007.
But last week the administration did
more than appoint. It shifted policy about 90 degrees towards Hamas in Gaza.
Secretary of State Clinton announced
300 to 900 million dollars in aid for Gaza, which is part of an almost 3
billion dollar EU package that makes the Israeli incursion into Gaza a joke.
To underline the absurdity of this move, rockets again came down on southern
Israel, hitting a school in Ashkelon that, fortunately, was not in session.