Why is the Obama administration continuing with its tiresome warnings to Israel to get on the stick and make nice with the Arabs? The latest comes from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta:
“It’s pretty clear that at this dramatic time in the Middle East, when there have been so many changes, that it is not a good situation for Israel to become increasingly isolated. And that’s what’s happening.”
According to an AP report:
On Sunday, Panetta issued his edgy warning that Israel risks eroding its own security if it does not reach out to its neighbors, such as Turkey and Egypt, where relations are eroding.
But as Jonathan Tobin notes, it is pointless to obsessively urge Israel to “take risks for peace” when:
…it is not likely to make much of an impression with the Israeli people for the simple reason that, unlike either the Obama administration and the international press corps, they understand Israel has been taking risks for peace for 18 years. Panetta’s statement, like so much of the rhetoric that has come out of the administration, seems to reflect a mindset that treats the events of the last 18 years as meaningless. After the Oslo Accords, the peace offers that both Yasir Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas rejected and the withdrawal from Gaza that turned that area into a terrorist state, how can any American speak as if Israel has stood pat all this time rather than, as the historical record proves, taken terrible risks for which it has gotten little reward?…
President Obama came into office hoping to curry favor with the Arab and Muslim world by distancing the United States from Israel. While that policy shift helped fuel Palestinian intransigence and doomed the already slim hopes for Middle East peace, it did nothing to make America loved. But as the situation in the region deteriorates, Obama still has no answers other than to blame Israel and to demand it take “risks.”
Solving the Israeli-Arab crisis is a lot easier than, say, solving a zoning dispute at a town meeting. Members of the common sense community know that Israel has always been willing to trade land for peace as it did with Egypt and would with the Palestinian Arabs if only they were to accept the existence of Israel as a single Jewish state among 22 Arab countries.
This constant needling of Israel will go nowhere. Try a new approach: Tell the Arabs to accept a Jewish Israel or f–k off!