Obama’s real goal is to impose a Plan in fall

Ahead of an Obama panel

The distance between Charlie Rose and a signing ceremony at the Rose Garden can be bridged. Obama will try. And when Netanyahu acts to blow up that bridge, where will Barak be?

By Amir Oren, HAARETZ

The inquiry committee investigating the events aboard the Turkish ship Mavi Marama is of no importance to U.S. President Barack Obama.

It’s just an obstacle that he needs to get past so he can meet his obligation and move on to achieve the real goal: his comprehensive Middle East peace plan, which will be presented to the sides and laid before the United Nations between September and November. It will be compiled by a one-man panel: the Obama panel.

Some 10 years ago, there was a panel of inquiry that included one Turkish member (former Turkish president Suleyman Demirel ) which tried to look backward and forward at the same time. It didn’t work. The panel, headed by former U.S. senator George Mitchell, was supposed to determine who was responsible for the outbreak of the Israeli Arab riots in September and October of 2000 that had taken place three weeks earlier. In the months that went by before the panel submitted its report, Ariel Sharon defeated Ehud Barak and Bill and Hillary Clinton vacated the White House for George W. Bush. With its demise, the report bequeathed to the conflict George Mitchell the mediator and his aide Fred Hoff, who are holding talks with Israelis, Syrians and Palestinians.

Barak remembers how, as the Mitchell committee was being established, he was weighing a proposal by the leaders of the defeated Likud, Sharon and Silvan Shalom, to join his cabinet as the finance and interior ministers and save his government from collapsing. On the verge of agreeing, Barak recoiled, in case Yossi Beilin were to resign from the cabinet in protest and condemn him as an enemy of peace.

A decade has gone by, and Barak has become Beilin, with the ability to influence Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Barak knows that Netanyahu knows that Obama knows that the resignation of the chairman of the Labor Party from the cabinet would express a lack of confidence in Netanyahu’s practical readiness to advance toward peace.

But Barak is one of the boys, not a leader. One of Bibi’s boys. He is not a Chaim Weizmann or even an Ezer Weizman, just a Weizmann Shiri. Instead of combining forces with Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi to lead a new moderate and sober policy, he is battling the chief of staff.

In four more months, the freeze on construction in the territories ends. Obama could decide to submit his plan before that, or to hold back a little and wait until after the midterm congressional elections. Netanyahu, as is his wont, is trying to outflank him on the right, in an alliance with the Republicans.

The success is ephemeral. Yes, newly elected Massachusetts senator Scott Brown and Senate candidate Marco Rubio of Florida, two possible candidates in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, have recently spoken out in favor of Israel and against Obama on the Mavi Marmara issue, but there is no argument on the diplomatic parameters bequeathed by Bush.

Obama’s counter-flanking move against Netanyahu is not political. It is a direct and indirect security review of the Israel Defense Forces’ positions, as gleaned from meetings with Ashkenazi, with Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel (who heads the IDF’s planning directorate and is in Washington this week ), and with retired senior officers who are familiar with the way the wind is blowing in the General Staff and the Defense Ministry.

Obama has a great advantage over Netanyahu: He is not fighting for survival. Election considerations for 2012 will not necessarily guide his actions, not even when it comes to Iran. Obama is already president; he wants to be a great president, and ultimately – in accordance with his character and his experience and depending on whether the Democrats control the White House and the Senate – perhaps also chief justice. (He wouldn’t be the first U.S. president later appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court, an honor enjoyed by William Howard Taft. ) Obama has a vision. Netanyahu does not. Let’s assume the Iranian threat is removed. What then?

In a lecture in late May, Mitchell said the conflict can be solved and the parameters exist and are known; what’s needed mainly is leadership. The Syrian element of the parameters was delivered at the time by President Bashar Assad, in an important interview with Charlie Rose. The supreme priority, Assad said, is a secular Syria. It will insist on the June 5, 1967 border, Israel will insist on security arrangements, and all that’s needed is to find a way to bridge the two ideas. The infrastructure will be the Madrid Conference of 1991 (Obama sees George H.W. Bush as a good model for diplomacy ). Assad distinguishes between a contractual peace that will be implemented over time and entails a monitoring mechanism, and real peace – which depends partly on a solution to the Palestinian problem. And he knows that America means not just a president, but also a Congress, one that is attentive to Israel’s wishes.

The distance between Charlie Rose and a signing ceremony at the Rose Garden can be bridged. Obama will try. And when Netanyahu acts to blow up that bridge, where will Barak be?

June 14, 2010 | 4 Comments »

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  1. Every time I have a discussion with a Hiloni in Israel (an asssimilated Jew living in Israel) I am perplexed about the number of absurd axioms they believe in like one believs in religious dogmata, and I simply do not know where to begin to explain them how absurd all their saying is.

    So I tend to say that there is no help. You cannot change ones mind by logical arguments. Actually, if one analyses well: the only thing that makes somebody change his mind are FACTS and NEVER theories and deductions.

    Therefore I say that the only thing which will make the Hilonim in Israel quit their absurd believes is the War of Gog und Magog.

    Look, Herzl was a one hundred percent asssimilated Jew, a more patriotic Austrian than the common Austrians themselves, he believed in the good nature of the Austrians and wanted to be a part of them.

    What did change Herzl’s mind? The Dreyfuss affaire, that is: Hard Facts! He could not refute the language of facts, the reasonless hate against Jews became suddenly so obvious for Herzl that he threw over bord all his illusions.

    So, the only thing which will make the Hiloni Israelis wake up is the War of Gog und Magog.

    Assembling all facts and observations together, it seems to be that this is very very near, this summer or Sukkot. If the arabs speak of war than this is for a reason! If they feal so strong, that this has to say something.

    What will Israel do when the Iranian Flotilla arrives?! Is it possible to manage this without engaging in war?

    Rabbis: Flotilla Clash Similar to Gog and Magog Prophecy

    by Gil Ronen
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    The Rabbinical Council of Judea and Samaria issued a statement Thursday in which it said that the results of the incident in which Israel intercepted a flotilla trying to break the naval blockade of Gaza seem like the Biblical description of “the beginning of the Gog and Magog process where the world is against us, but which ends with the third and final redemption.”

    The statement explained that while secular Zionism always wants Israel to be beloved by other nations, “the legitimacy of our people is not derived from the nations of the world and their poisonous traditions, rather from the Torah of Israel which teaches us that [Israel] ‘is a people that shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations'” (Numbers 23:9). They emphasized that there is no reason to be alarmed by the world’s condemnation as it is a predicted result of fear of Israel’s success.

    The Council blessed the soldiers of the IDF and called for the formation of an emergency unity government that will lead the nation from a position of strength.

    The Council was formed by Rabbi Zalman Melamed of Beit El and includes leading religious Zionist rabbis who are the spiritual leaders of communities in Judea and Samaria.

    ‘Gog and Magog’ is a reference is to chapters 38 and 39 in the book of Ezekiel, a part of which is read on the intermediate Sabbath of Sukkot (Tabernacles). These chapters describe a vision of a war where the world is united against Israel that will precede the final redemption of Israel and the world. The prophecy’s symbolism involves a prince called Gog of Magog, leader of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, who leads a coalition that includes Persia (Iran), Cush, Phut, Gomer, and Beit Togarmah against Israel. There are various opinions regarding the modern identity of these nations.

    As a sampling of passages from Ezekiel 39 shows, the prophesy predicts that the coalition will be defeated by Israel, at a time following Israel’s gathering from its exile:

    And thou, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say: Thus saith the Lord G-d: Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; and I will turn thee about and lead thee on, and will cause thee to come up from the uttermost parts of the north; and I will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel; and I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the peoples that are with thee; I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort and to the beasts of the field, to be devoured.

    (…)

    Therefore thus saith the Lord G-d: Now will I bring back the captivity of Jacob, and have compassion upon the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name. And they shall bear their shame, and all their breach of faith which they have committed against Me, when they shall dwell safely in their land, and none shall make them afraid; when I have brought them back from the peoples, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations.

    And they shall know that I am the Lord their G-d, in that I caused them to go into captivity among the nations, and have gathered them unto their own land; and I will leave none of them any more there; neither will I hide My face any more from them; for I have poured out My spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord G-d.’

    The dramatic flotilla incident and the international reactions to it have sparked intense emotion, and unusual unity, among the Jewish public in Israel. (IsraelNationalNews.com)

    May it be the Will of the Allmighty that no Jew will be injured anywhere, and that all those who hate us be punished without mercy. Amen Sela.

  2. Israel should respond by saying, “Eat shit.” What’s he going to do? Cut off aid? Not likely, and even if he does I believe Israel didn’t get American aid for a very long time.

    Life is good, and it is also ephemeral, so let’s make the most of it without tormenting ourselves. Save the ulcers fer the hard problems. This is an eazy one. No imposed settlement.

    You’re right of course but even here on Israpundit you may get a lot of argument from our semi Liberal rationalists.

    It all comes down to cajonies, something BB and Barak don’t seem to have.

    Say hi to Mei Lin the Panda cub at the SD Zoo, from me, we’re old pals. 😉

  3. Obama says, “Capitulate or else.” Israel should respond by saying, “Eat shit.”

    Sounds good for starters.

    Remember barry in nothing more than an acorn community organizing, pamphlet handing out Chicago anti-Semite, impostor president who embraces Islam. A messiah he is not. A world leader he is not. A phony he is. He will go down as the worst president in US history.

    By the way Mr. PM, you won’t upset Americans or make them angry. Go ahead, tell him to stick it.

  4. Problem: Obama is going to impose a plan.
    Solution: Say “no”.

    Life is less complicated than most would lead you to believe. There was recently a cool Israpundit list of times when Israeli prime ministers told American presidents to stick it. It just takes balls. Say, “Barry, we will make this extremely ugly for you right through November 2012.” Stop all the agonizing and man up. I feel like the modern day Diogenes, searching in vain for just one man with a nut sack. Who is the best Likud chick? My Israeli Amazon? Bring her on, because the guys are acting too fem. This is not that big a deal. Obama says, “Capitulate or else.” Israel should respond by saying, “Eat shit.” What’s he going to do? Cut off aid? Not likely, and even if he does I believe Israel didn’t get American aid for a very long time.

    Life is good, and it is also ephemeral, so let’s make the most of it without tormenting ourselves. Save the ulcers fer the hard problems. This is an eazy one. No imposed settlement.

    Next.