It wasn’t that long ago that Gibbs, Obama’s spokesman, was saying that the time for sanctions against Israel hadn’t yet arrived.
But alas, that time apparently has.
The respected daily Yisrael Hayom (Frontpage headline and article on page 5) is reporting that Mitchell, Obama’s personal envoy to the Middle East has threatened Israel with the removal of loan guarantees if we don’t make progress on Palestinian negotiations.
Israel had requested a clarification from the White House of Mitchell’s threats, and added that it is only the Palestinian side that is refusing to come to the table.
There are those that try to play down Obama’s attitude and actions towards Israel, but what we are seeing here is far worse that what was under George Bush Sr. and James Baker.
This weekend’s Makor Rishon (no online link available) leaked the details of the latest incarnation of the Obama plan to divide Jerusalem and Israel - the details of what Mitchell is demanding from Israel.
The general feeling over the weekend in both the newspapers and the shuls is that Israel is on its way to another expulsion because of American threats and pressure.
Just recently, Obama forced Israel to remove checkposts, which immediately resulted in murderous terror attacks, and Obama forced Israel to start freezing settlements, which has accomplished nothing but damage to Israel and Israelis– both politically and financially.
Yet despite fulfilling Obama’s explicit demands, that still wasn’t good enough, and He demands more, and says what we’ve done isn’t enough.
It’s easy to say that Bibi has a weak spine, and he's crumbling under intense US pressure (I guess that one then admits that there is intense US pressure), but the majority of Israelis believe that Bibi is playing a dangerous game of brinkmanship in his attempt to defend Israel against an anti-Israeli US administration, but it is a game we are likely to lose because it is so complicated.
There is a reason that 96+% of the country does not believe that Obama is good for Israel. The facts speak for themselves.
UPDATE from the JPost: Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz on Sunday said Israel was not planning to make use of US loan guarantees in the near future and has managed to raise funds without guarantees. (That's one way of telling Obama to jump in a lake).
On Saturday night, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a statement in response to Mitchell's remarks, asserting that Israel has taken significant steps to propel the peace process forward while the Palestinian Authority refuses to renew peace talks.
"It is the Palestinian Authority that needs to change its ways - certainly not the Israeli government," the PMO statement read.
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