De-Linking the Iran-Palestinian Linkage

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3876368,00.html, April 15, 2010

With the advent of the Washington Nuclear Summit, it is incumbent upon Prime Minister Netanyahu to refute the notion that a linkage exists, supposedly, between the campaign to deny Iran nuclear capabilities on one hand and the Palestinian issue on the other hand.

Hillary Adds Fuel to the Fire

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3867836,00.html, March 25, 2010

Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, exposed worrisome aspects of President Obama's policy toward Jerusalem in particular and toward Israel in general, during her March 22, 2010 AIPAC speech.  Clinton ignored the Texas colloquialism: "The first thing to do, if you find yourself in a deep hole, is stop digging." The former Senator and aspiring presidential candidate is, apparently, determined to learn from mistakes by repeating – rather than avoiding – them.

Jerusalem Deserves Better

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=171108, March 16, 2010

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s apology to Vice President Biden – for authorizing the construction of Jewish homes in Jerusalem during Biden’s visit – departs sharply from the assertive legacy of all Israeli Prime Ministers from Ben Gurion (1948) to Shamir (1992). It is consistent with the retreating Oslo state of mind, which has afflicted all Prime Ministers since 1993. This apologetic response ignores the significant “Jerusalem Divide” between the dramatically-weakened President Obama on one hand and the majority of the American People and Congress on the other hand. Moreover, it triggers further pressure by Obama, radicalizes Arab demands, undermines the future of Jerusalem as the indivisible capital of the Jewish State, and erodes Israel’s strategic posture in Washington and in the Middle East. Placating President Obama will certainly not transform his position on Iran from engagement to confrontation and will not produce a Green Light for an Israeli attack on Iran.

The Iran Threat

Jerusalem Cloakroom # 234, March 07, 2010

1.  Iran's super-goal: Domination of the Persian Gulf and its natural resources.

 

2.  Iran's super-enemies: Those who undermine Iran's super-goal.

The Obama-American Public Disconnect on Israel

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=169785, February 28, 2010

The findings of the February 19, 2010 Gallup poll put President Obama at odds with the US public, when it comes to attitudes toward the Jewish State, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Arabs, Muslims and Islamic terrorism.

The Mutually Beneficial US-Israel Relations

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3851844,00.html, February 22, 2010

The February 2010 visit to Israel by Admiral Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff, sheds light on the larger context of US-Israel relations, which transcends the Arab-Israeli conflict,  leverages Israel's unique capabilities, and benefits both the US and Israel. The visit reaffirms that US policy toward Israel is based, primarily, on regional and global strategic interests and not on domestic politics. US-Israel relations do not resemble a one-way-street (the US gives and Israel receives), but a mutually-beneficial two-way-street.

Obama Excludes the Arab-Israel Conflict

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3841505,00.html, January 30, 2010

The exclusion of the Arab-Israeli conflict from President Obama's 2010 State of the Union Address reflects a US order of priorities and, possibly, a concern that mediation in the Arab-Israeli conflict does not advance – but undermines – Obama's domestic standing. In fact, Jerusalem should impress upon the US to reduce its mediation profile, minimize tension between Israel and the American broker, while enhancing strategic cooperation between Israel and its American ally.    

Earthquake in Massachusetts

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3837659,00.html, January 20, 2010

Scott Brown's victory, in the race for the Massachusetts Senate seat, constitutes an unprecedented earthquake in US politics. If a Massachusetts Senate seat is not safe, then no House, Senate or White House seat is safe anymore!

Obama's First year - The Writing Was on the Wall

"Makor Rishon" weekly, January 15, 2010

I am not surprised by President Obama's performance – since January 2009 - in face of unprecedented and simultaneous economic, social, national security challenges, domestically and internationally.

 

I am not surprised by President Obama, who was elected to the most difficult and complicated post – during a most unstable period internally and externally – in spite of his obvious lack of experience and superficial worldview.

Senator Mitchell's Wake-Up Call

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3833185,00.html, January 13, 2010

The threat issued by Special Presidential Envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, to withhold US loan guarantees, in order to extract excessive concessions from Israel, constitutes a wake-up call for wishful-thinkers.

 

Senator Mitchell's January 7, 2010 interview with PBS' Charlie Rose refutes the notion that the Obama Administration will accept anything but full Israeli compliance with Washington's terms.

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