Israel, Palestine, and the Peace Pieties

BY BARBARA LERNER, NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE— The peace pieties are the code phrases used to undermine Israel and, ultimately, the West. Faithful NRO readers are increasingly clear-eyed about what President Obama and his supporters call “the Middle East peace process.” They know this process has a diplomatic language of its own, a propaganda language that…

Last preparations before restart of Israel-Palestinian talks

BY DEBKAFILE— The final touches on US President Barack Obama’s push to revive Israel-Palestinian negotiations, stalled for nearly two years, are being put in place by his Middle East advisers David Hale and Dennis Ross and the legal adviser to the National Security Council Jonathan Schwartz who arrived in Israel Tuesday, June 14. After talks…

White House seeks to negotiate on 1967 lines

BY ELI LAKE, THE WASHINGTON TIMES— The White House is pressing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to publicly adopt President Obama’s view that Israel’s pre-1967 borders should be the basis for future peace talks. A senior administration official Friday told American Jewish leaders that the request for Israel to endorse the president’s peace principles was…

Peace Process, RIP

BY CLIFF MAY, TOWNHALL— When President Obama said last month that “Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with Palestinians who do not recognize its right to exist,” he was referring to Hamas. In its charter, Hamas calls Palestine an “Islamic endowment” and specifically rules out a peaceful solution to the conflict with Israel. Hamas describes…

Is it arrogance, Mr President, or are you deaf?

BY STAN GOODENOUGH— News Item#1: The United States has been holding separate talks with Israeli and Palestinian delegates to see if they are willing to go back to the negotiating table based on Obama’s May 19 speech. (Ha’aretz, June 7, 2011) News Item#2: Seventy-seven percent of Israelis oppose returning to pre-1967 lines even if it…

'Obama vision' becomes basis for Mideast peace

BY ISRAEL TODAY— Just as Israeli officials feared, US President Barack Obama’s “vision” of pushing Israel back to it’s 1967 borders has become the basis for international peace efforts in the Middle East. Last week, France offered to host renewed peace talks based on the “Obama vision.” Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the weekend accepted…

Where Obama is leading Israel

BY CAROLINE GLICK, JPOST— In the aftermath of US President Barack Obama’s May 19 speech on the Middle East, his supporters argued that the policy toward Israel and the Palestinians that Obama outlined in that speech was not anti-Israel. As they presented it, Obama’s assertion that peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians must be…

Obama's second speech and flawed thinking

BY ALAN DERSHOWITZ— In his press conference with Prime Minister David Cameron in London on Wednesday, President Obama explained his thinking as to why he insisted that the first step in seeking a peaceful two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians must be an agreement by Israel to accept the 1967 borders with mutually agreed-upon…