Who couldn’t see this happening?
Israel stood firm against demands from Barack Obama on Monday to cease the construction of Jewish settlements and embrace the “two-state solution” to achieving peace in the Middle East.
Every single President believes they can somehow, magically, bring peace to this situation. The only problem has been the Palestinians DO NOT want peace. Never have, never will. Isreal understands this and has survived this long exactly because they understood this. They have given up little concessions, pretty much to expose to the world what the Palestinians really want. A one state solution.
Sitting side by side in the White House, the two leaders hailed the friendship between their two countries but remained far apart on how to proceed towards a resolution of the 60-year conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Mr Obama said the Palestinians had to take steps to guarantee Israel’s security – but took a tough line on the construction of settlements on Arab land.
“Israel is going to have to take difficult steps as well,” he said. “There is a clear understanding we have to make progress on settlements. Settlements have to stop.”~~~
There was a conspicuous lack of praise for his 59-year-old Israeli visitor, whom he said had the “benefit of having served” previously as prime minister and for having “both youth and wisdom”.
The meeting overran to two hours, suggesting that the two sides had struggled to find a way of presenting a unified face to the watching world.
Though Mr Netanyahu made clear he wanted to hold peace talks with the Palestinians, he refused to utter the words “two-state solution”, the consensus approach towards peace agreed by previous Israeli governments and US administrations.
Best line from Netanyahu came when he said that any peace deal which places a “terror base next door” is worthless, and won’t happen. He stated Hamas must first recognize Israel AND the Iranian nuclear situation must be dealt with before any peace deals get started.
President Obama — like his predecessors — fails to grasp the basic problem: Palestinians do not want peace.
And until a president realizes that basic fact of life, he is doomed to waste a lot of time, prestige and money chasing that unicorn.
Obama will chase that unicorn for as long as it makes him look good. In the end, that’s all he cares about.