The Administration should make a conscious effort to move away from
public demands and unilateral deadlines directed at Israel, with whom
the United States shares basic, fundamental, and strategic interests.
The escalated rhetoric of recent days only serves as a distraction from
the substantive work that needs to be done with regard to theurgent
issue of Iran’s rapid pursuit of nuclear weapons, and the pursuit of
peace between Israel and all her Arab neighbors.
This is the usual AIPAC/Israeli tactic of misdirection. While doing their utmost to destabilize peace talks with the Palestinians in order to continue expansion into the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the Israel/AIPAC axis claims it is a victim of the evil, all-powerful Iran.
The tactic is wearing thin because no one really believes Iran poses a serious threat to Israel or the United States. With a military budget almost 100th the size of the US, no rational person can claim it poses a direct threat to America or any of its allies. Yet AIPAC and the hard right government would have everyone believe that unless they are allowed to abuse Palestinians, Iran would take over the planet in a matter of weeks.
The enormous diplomatic blunder has exposed the truth behind the Israeli government’s motives – that it has absolutely no desire to have a meaningful settlement with the Palestinians and wants only to maximize its power in the region. And with AIPAC’s statement denouncing Obama’s criticism of the move, it has proved it has no desire for peace either.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.