Obama grovels for Netanyahu’s approval

Jonathan Cook reports:

The disclosure of the details of a letter reportedly sent by President Barack Obama last week to Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, will cause Palestinians to be even more skeptical about U.S. and Israeli roles in the current peace talks.

According to the leak, Obama made a series of extraordinarily generous offers to Israel, many of them at the expense of the Palestinians, in return for a single minor concession from Netanyahu: a two-month extension of the partial freeze on settlement growth.

A previous 10-month freeze, which ended a week ago, has not so far been renewed by Netanyahu, threatening to bring the negotiations to an abrupt halt. The Palestinians are expected to decide whether to quit the talks over the coming days.

Netanyahu was reported last week to have declined the U.S. offer.

The White House has denied that a letter was sent, but, according to the Israeli media, officials in Washington are privately incensed by Netanyahu’s rejection.

The disclosures were made by an informed source: David Makovsky, of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a close associate of Dennis Ross, Obama’s chief adviser on the Middle East, who is said to have initiated the offer.

The letter’s contents have also been partly confirmed by Jewish U.S. senators who attended a briefing last week from Ross.

According to Makovsky, in return for the 60-day settlement moratorium, the U.S. promised to veto any UN Security Council proposal on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over the next year, and committed to not seek any further extensions of the freeze. The future of the settlements would be addressed only in a final agreement.

The White House would also allow Israel to keep a military presence in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley, even after the creation of a Palestinian state; continue controlling the borders of the Palestinian territories to prevent smuggling; provide Israel with enhanced weapons systems and security guarantees and increase its billions of dollars in annual aid; and create a regional security pact against Iran.

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  1. So humiliating for America.
    Nothing else you can say about it.

  2. Obama has not completely humiliated the US yet. He will if he does not follow through and withdraw all the offers in the letter.
    If the offers were not actually something additional to the blank cheque Israel already receives (rather humiliating to be trying to bribe Netanyahu with something he already has, like a blanket veto in the UN Security Council, isn’t it?) then items like the extra billions and the extra war toys should be permanently denied until Netanyahu does something to earn them.

  3. Nothing is going to change the present state of affairs in Israel, until the U.S. stops playing games by placating to sycophants wishes that keeps the victims in the forefront. Cut them off completely, everything. That’s the only way, except that the present Israeli Government and most of the rabid citizens there, those who drink the kool-aid, just might follow through & incinerate the whole of the Middle East, because they can’t get their way. How long the Western World is going to put up with this blackmail, remains to be seen? Too bad that the P.O.T.U.S. has taken such a weak stand on the issues. What is forgotten by the Washington insiders, is that there’s over 300 million other Americans that have a say in what should be done. The vast majority are tired of cow towing to the constant blab of how Hitler killed 6 million Jews. Add up all the other peoples in the World since W.W.II that have died at the hands of Mad men, and the Jews are but one group. Time to pull the plug on supporting Israel as if they were the only people of worth.