Obama's be­gin­ning of the end

US Pres­i­dent Dwight Eisen­hower deemed the tri­par­tite Suez ag­gres­sion im­moral and dam­ag­ing to Amer­i­can in­ter­ests in the Mus­lim world.

The Pak Banker - - Editorial5 - Eric S. Mar­go­lis

In 1956, Bri­tain, France and Is­rael col­luded to in­vade Egypt to over­throw its hugely pop­u­lar na­tion­al­ist leader, Ga­mal Ab­del Nasser. US Pres­i­dent Dwight Eisen­hower deemed the tri­par­tite Suez ag­gres­sion im­moral and dam­ag­ing to Amer­i­can in­ter­ests in the Mus­lim world. "Ike" or­dered the Bri­tish, French and Is­raelis to get out of Egypt at once - or else. They got out.

Fast for­ward 2010. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama de­mands Is­rael stop build­ing il­le­gal Jewish set­tle­ments around Jerusalem and on the West Bank. Obama rightly con­cludes the on­go­ing agony of Pales­tine has turned the Mus­lim world against the United States. It is also the pri­mary cause of what Washington calls " ter­ror­ism." Af­ter the Suez in­va­sion, Is­rael's Amer­i­can par­ti­sans set about build­ing an in­flu­ence net­work that would en­sure no Amer­i­can pres­i­dent could ever force Is­rael

to to do any­thing against its will. Their bril­liant suc­cess was again con­firmed this week as Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, leader of Is­rael's right­ist coali­tion, lit­er­ally spit in Obama's face, sneer­ingly re­ject­ing the pres­i­dent's pleas to cre­ate a vi­able Pales­tinian state. The US Congress and rightwing me­dia ac­tu­ally ap­plauded the pub­lic hu­mil­i­a­tion of their pres­i­dent and vice pres­i­dent. How the mighty have fallen. Obama has shown him­self ut­terly with­out spine, and ter­ri­fied of the Is­rael lobby at a time when his po­lit­i­cal for­tunes are plum­met­ing. The White House un­der­stands that Amer­ica's vi­tal in­ter­ests in the Mideast are be­ing in­creas­ingly un­der­mined by Is­rael's adamant re­fusal to al­low a work­able Pales­tinian state in­stead of apartheid-style Arab Ban­tus­tans.

A tri­umphant Ne­tanyahu made clear Is­rael would re­tain all of Jerusalem, set­tle­ment blocks around it, wa­ter re­sources, key roads, the West Bank high ground and the Jor­dan River val­ley. In short, "use­ful Pales­tine." The rest, wa­ter­less scrub and slums, might be left to the Arabs. Noth­ing was said about Is­rael's il­le­gal oc­cu­pa­tion of Syria's Golan Heights.

Even Obama's shame­ful of­fer of a multi-bil­lion dol­lar bribe to Is­rael of 20 F-35 war­planes and un­lim­ited diplo­matic sup­port, in ex­change for a flimsy 90-day build­ing freeze, was con­temp­tu­ously re­jected by Ne­tanyahu. He knows the US Congress would give Is­rael the moon if asked. The US has al­ready given Is­rael at least $114 bil­lion since its cre­ation in 1947. What does Obama's hu­mil­i­a­tion mean? His chances of be­ing de­feated in the next pres­i­den­tial elec­tion are grow­ing. Obama's arch-ri­val, the proIs­raeli Hil­lary Clin­ton, is po­si­tion­ing her­self to take over the Demo­cratic Party from Obama.

The US diplo­matic, in­tel­li­gence and mil­i­tary es­tab­lish­ment has got the mes­sage, loud and clear: don't mess with Is­rael. The last US pres­i­dent who tried to re­strain Is­rael's West Bank coloni­sa­tion, Ge­orge H.W. Bush, failed to win re-elec­tion; his able sec­re­tary of state, James Baker, was slan­dered as an " an­tiSemite." By cav­ing in to Is­rael's hard right over the West Bank, Obama sends a mes­sage of pro­found weak­ness to the rest of the world. He is sig­nal­ing that Is­rael, not the White House, re­ally makes Amer­ica's Mideast pol­icy. Is­rael also in­creas­ingly in­flu­ences US pol­icy to­wards Pak­istan, Afghanistan, In­dia, Iran and North Korea. The hu­mil­i­ated Pales­tinian Author­ity is shown as a help­less pup­pet of the Amer­i­cans and Is­raelis, as ri­val Ha­mas has long charged.

Obama's de­feat sug­gests Is­rael now has "carte blanche" to move ahead and at­tack Le­banon's re­sis­tance move­ment Hezbol­lah, Syria, and even­tu­ally Iran. In fact, Is­rael now seems to have the power to plunge the US into war against Iran when­ever it de­cides the time is right and the risk worth­while. Since the US has be­come a help­less gi­ant, it's up to the rest of the world to end the suf­fer­ing in Pales­tine.

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