The Right-Wing’s Phony Outrage About Obama’s Israel Policy
President Obama’s call for a phased withdrawal of Israeli forces from the West Bank following an agreement. Prime Minister Netanyahu wants to keep a residual force in the Jordan Valley (as does the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which won’t admit this publicly). The key here is the word “phased,” which could mean anything. Israel could keep troops in the valley for 10 years after an agreement.
A much bigger deal: Obama’s forthright denunciation of the unilateral Palestinian plan to seek the General Assembly’s endorsement this September of statehood. Also a big deal: The President’s statement that the Hamas-Fatah pact “raises profound and legitimate questions for Israel — how can one negotiate with a party that has shown itself unwilling to recognize your right to exist?Click here for reuse options!
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