Obama Administration to Israel: Stop Isolating Yourself

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President Obama’s new defense secretary, Leon Panetta, has bought into the myth that Israeli inflexibility is the source of the Palestinian conflict. He is publicly saying that the ball is in Israel’s court, and it is now the Jewish state’s responsibility to advance the peace process. He warns that it is becoming more isolated, and Israel must be a better partner in the region. In other words, Israel is to blame.

On Sunday, Panetta said, “[T]he question you have to ask: Is it enough to maintain a military edge if you’re isolating yourself in the diplomatic arena? Real security can only be achieved by both a strong diplomatic effort as well as a strong effort to project your military strength.”

In what the Associated Press called an “edgy warning,” he said that Israel must try to rescue its relations with Turkey and Egypt. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan interpreted Panetta’s statement to mean that the U.S. was taking Turkey’s side in its confrontation with Israel. Playing off of Panetta’s words, Erdogan said, “Israel has chosen isolation by losing a friend like Turkey.” Erdogan has reduced Turkey’s ties to Israel because of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s refusal to apologize for the controversial Gaza flotilla raid last year. Panetta also said that the U.S. should not cut the amount of taxpayer money given to the Palestinian Authority to retaliate for its provocative bid for U.N. membership.

“There is a need and an opportunity for bold action on both sides to move towards a negotiated two-state solution,” Panetta said during his press conference with Defense Minister Ehud Barak. He urged both sides to restart negotiations, without acknowledging that Israel has always been willing to negotiate. On Sunday, Israel said it wanted to restart direct negotiations, just as Panetta insisted. As a matter of fact, Netanyahu offered to immediately meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during his speech at the U.N. on September 23.

“In two and a half years, we met in Jerusalem only once, even though my door has always been open to you. If you wish, I’ll come to Ramallah. Actually, I have a better suggestion. We’ve both just flown thousands of miles to New York. Now we’re in the same city. We’re in the same building. So let’s met here today in the United Nations,” Netanyahu said.

If Abbas had said what Netanyahu did, the international community and world media would have been electrified. Yet, Netanyahu was met with a collective silence. On the same day as his speech, Al-Jazeera interviewed a member of the Fatah Central Committee. The official, Abbas Zaki, unequivocally stated that negotiations based on two states are only an interim, practical step towards destroying Israel. “Everybody knows that the greater goal cannot be accomplished in one go,” he said.

“If Israel withdraws from Jerusalem, evacuates the 650,000 settlers, and dismantles the wall—what will become of Israel? It will come to an end,” Zaki said. He previously said the same thing as the Palestinian ambassador to Lebanon in May 2009. And he admitted that the Palestinians were keeping quiet about this strategy.

“If we say that we want to wipe Israel out…C’mon, it’s too difficult. It’s not [acceptable] policy to say so. Don’t say these things to the world. Keep it to yourself,” he said.

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  • Larry

    Over 60 years of unremitting hostility and constant attacks, ranging from low level guerrilla and terrorist to all out invasions by multiple neighbours who refuse to even recognize Israel's right to exist and Israel needs to stop isolating itself?

    What never never land are these people living in? What sort of drugs are they smoking/shooting/snorting? Or are they just plain stupid?

    • SHmuelHaLevi

      I was going to comment exactly as you did.
      May I add that the procedure that the jackasses use is not that new.
      They are transfering to the Jews guilt on a subject the Jewish people is completely clear of guilt. Somebody has to inform the moron that those the :administration" has been cowing to and are associated with have been isolating and victimizing us and do that to this day. Hundreds of vicious attacks against us have been effected by Islamics to murder and destroy since before 1948. Panetta's folk never has made them pay any visible consequences.

      Those are the ones Panetta and his boss bow to.

    • WildJew

      The never never land of Obama-Wright Jew hatred. Today's political left is obsessed with the Jews. Leon Panetta is a life-long leftist.

    • johnnywoods

      I vote for "Stupid".

  • iranaware1

    Everything Larry said and more..The Israeli's have already agreed to the quartet conditions,the Pals said no.Hamas also said if they didn't get all their murderers out of Israeli jails they would abduct more Israeli's.The Pals are going around actively flaunting that this is only a step in the quest to destroy Israel..Yet, Barry and Hillary dont mention that…

  • Yra Pris

    Maybe I'm thick-headed or something, but I hear Panetta, and I just assume he has a very dark sense of humor and he's joking.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      I hear Panetta, and I think Pancetta.

  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    Stop isolating yourself???? Mr Barack Hussein Obama is'nt that precisely what
    you are doing??? You are isolating yourself from the free world and from the
    Jewish people. You are a dangerous man in very dangerous times.
    Why don't you sneak out the back door of your oval office and free us from an
    very isolated person with to much power to handle.

  • Chezwick_mac

    This warning, like just about every other aspect of Obama's view of (and relationship with) Israel,…is based upon a single imperative: Trying to pressure the Israelis into withdraw to the indefensible borders of 1967. Nothing else seems to matter to him.

    • Larry

      No, that's just the first step as taught to him by his good friend and ME worldview forming spokesterrorist, Khalidi.

      Obama is quite happy and comfortable with the total destruction of Israel and the Jewish people.

      • johnnywoods

        Ya think?

  • WildJew

    It's not the left I worry about. It is the right; my side. I read this piece. Mr. Mauro details (quoting Fatah Central Committee official, Abbas Zaki) how the two state solution is part of the phased plan for Israel's obliteration just as Hamas charter says.

    "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it." (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).

    Yet in this piece and in other Frontpagemag articles, we read of "peace" and "negotiations" with the view to achieve peace, etc. The word peace is not even in quotes. I can only conclude that the right (just like the left) has embraced this phony two state solution idol. Is it not in our national Republican party platform, since August 2004?

    "We support President Bush's vision of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security….Republicans agree with President Bush that Israel's plan to remove all settlements from Gaza and several settlements from the West Bank is a courageous step toward peace in the face of continuing terrorist violence….Republicans commend the government of Israel for its desire to pursue peace, even in the face of continuing terrorist attacks."

    But before Bush came to office, this was the wording in our national party platform:

    "We oppose the creation of an independent Palestinian state. Nor will we support the creation of any political entity that would jeopardize Israel's security."

    What happened to the right? To my side? The right has bought into the lies of the left?

    "It is definitely because they have misled My people by saying, 'Peace!' when there is no peace. And when anyone builds a wall, behold, they plaster it over with whitewash…" Eze chapter 13

    • Choi

      There is only ONE American Party that SUPPORTS Israel ,the GOP,yet there is a minority there who don't such as:
      1) Anyone that Grover Norquist has his clutches into.
      2) Anti-Semites such as Ron Paul,his son,and their HATE-FILLED followers
      3)Those on the Saudi PAYROLL
      4)The James Bakers and his ilk of oilmen and Saudi PAID Washington LOBBYISTS.

      • WildJew

        I agree with your view, whether for ideological, religious or moral reasons, the political right is more supportive of Israel than the left. But apart from these Jew-haters you name, it seems to be conventional wisdom on the right, there WILL be a Muslim-enemy state in Israel's heartland. I've seen and read nothing on this site or elsewhere or from Republican candidates for president that contradicts this conventional wisdom. Everyone has bought into this phony "peace" process, here in the U.S. and in Israel. Nothing the jihadists do, no matter how egregious, will turn conservatives from this vision for Israel's destruction. It has nothing to do with the Ron Pauls or the James Bakers. It is conventional wisdom on the right. The right has bought the lies of the left, hook, line and sinker.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      GWB was a stealth leftist whose policies with respect to Israel were enormously counterproductive and self-defeating. In addition, he also morphed the Republican Party into the second coming of the Dhimmicrat Party and as a direct result the Dhimmicrats won both houses of Congress in 2006 and the presidency in 2008 in what was a conservative backlash against the Republican Party. Indeed, GWB was the Jimmy Carter of the Republican Party, and GWB's dad was also almost as bad as the son.

      What happened to the right? To my side? The right has bought into the lies of the left?

      Thanks to GWB, the Republican Party was morphed into the second coming of the Dhimmicrat Party.

      • WildJew

        Today, there is more of a willingness to accept your appraisal of President Bush. Still there are partisans who think George W. Bush was a great conservative hero. Had you written what you wrote during the Bush years, you would have been denounced and excoriated. History has born out what you say.

        • ObamaYoMoma

          I did often write that out during his second term and you are right I was often denounced and excoriated. I still am today but to a much smaller extent.

  • StephenD

    "Panetta also said that the U.S. should not cut the amount of taxpayer money given to the Palestinian Authority to retaliate for its provocative bid for U.N. membership. " 

    OK…well how about because they have OFFICIAL TIES WITH HAMAS? You know, a U.S.  NAMED Terrorist Organization? Isn't it illegal for anyone (Including the U.S. Government) to provide support for such organizations or to those organizations that do provide support to them?
    This Administration needs to be called on the carpet for this obvious biased approach to Israel. Apart from the utter silence on the continued exhortations of their children to "martyrdom" or their unrelenting call for the destruction of Israel, or even their call for all of "Palestine" once a state to be free of Jews, this Administration blames Israel. Israel has real friends here in the U.S. and many of us would love to see you tell this Administration to Pack Sand!

  • Larry

    I keep pointing out that a two state solution already exists, it's called the Hashemite Arab Kingdom of Jordan. It was established by the British during the Mandate so that the land from the river to the sea could be for the Jews, and the land east of the river could be for the arabs.

  • BS77

    Isolated? If you were surrounded by hostile, volatile nations that refused to even accept your right to exist….wouldn't you feel isolated? What kind of mumbo jumbo is Panetta peddling? Every time there is a "peace summit", road map, Wye accord, UN agreement…ten minutes later the rockets and bombs are directed at Israel. What kind of fantasy world do liberals live in? Look at the past sixty years….that is the reality….lies, propaganda, relentless attacks, murders, bombings, rocket attacks and wars. And liberals expect Israel to appease, make all the concessions, to give up land, security and their sovereignty for what? A peace that never arrives.

    • johnnywoods

      I vote for "Stupid"

  • Bert

    The missing element is all this is the utter lack of Jewish leadership that can stop lying against itself and finally speak truth to power. It is the actions of the Arabs and the west that is to blame and Israel should demand full compliance with the Palestine Mandate boundaries of the League of Nations. But the nations make empty promises and Israel makes real concessions. Then the promises are broken and the Jews are too cowardly to demand compliance. No wonder that the nations have nothing but contempt for a people that is so lacking in elementary self respect.

    • WildJew

      You are right. They are afraid to speak truth. From the greatest (Netanyahu) to the least of them (Ehud Barak). For all PM Netanyahu's brilliant oratory, he is not willing to state the obvious. There is no peace. There will be no peace. All else is delusion. There is not enough room in the land for these respective peoples, if the 'Palestinians' are a people or peoples.

  • waterwillows

    What could a prez that ran with the New Black Panthers and even put in a bid for their leadership, have to say about anything?
    Where he put his person and his words in the past, are where he is at today. In my opinion, that is not much good to anyone at all. His thinking and life were corrupted long before he went to the Oval Office.

    It is almost unbeliveabe that such a creature is in ANY postion of power. He should be serving burgers at some food stop. At least there, he would actually be useful.

  • Choi

    Beneath that avuncular Grandfatherly exterior,Panetta obviously has a HEART OF ROCK if he can say things such as he did.
    I almost threw a shoe through my own TV last Saturday while watching the Air Force-Navy Football game when Panetta was exhibited in all of his glory as SecDef .
    A LEFTY such as he should NEVER have had the positions this Administration gave him.

  • mrbean

    Pannetta is a former Clinton political hack and was so out of his a league as CIA Director and is as Secretary of Defense that it is a wonder we have not been attacked again. At leastr he had the sense to leave most of Bush's policies in place in both places – except of course opening up the military to gays and lesbians and on top of it promoting the high priority recruiting of these sexual deviants and debauchers

  • Moiishe Pupick

    Tu., 10/04/11 common era

    Obama & Company are playing directly into the plan of G-d. Isaiah foretold that the day would come when Israel would stand all alone, rejected by the Gentile nations. Psalm 83 describes what will happen next. . . .

  • Raymond in DC

    I had developed a growing respect for Panetta for his anti-terror work at the CIA. (Heck, he deserves more credit for the Bin Laden hit than Obama.) But the nonsense he's spewing on his first visit to Israel as Defense Secretary boggles the mind.

    It wasn't Israel that downgraded its relations with Egypt and Turkey. It isn't Israel that put itself into isolation but rather the evil intent of her neighbors and the feckless attitudes of putative allies like those in Europe and even the US. Yes, the US must accept its share of responsibility when it praises and arms an increasingly bellicose Turkey and lays the blame for its own failed policies on Israel.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    I didn’t think it would take two whole days for Zionists to start vilifying Leon Panetta for daring to take a policy stance contrary to Israel. I did not expect that it would be this child, Mauro trying to pass off Netanyahu’s last minute dog and pony platitudes as genuine policy actions. This is a Wizz Kid taking on the Secretary of Defense. It does not satisfy as geopolitical analysis.

  • kate b

    I don't know why Bibi et al don't start any talks with "Here's why it's hard to talk to the Jordanians who are now calling themselves Palestinians" and then show the latest rant about destroying Israel – this clip from MEMRI and…..all the others, then you can start on all the Islamic sites, and of course keep slipping in the 'moderate' Fatah's Abu Matzen's talks which…….say the same thing, holding up a map of Israel with 'palestine' slapped on it &&&.

    Only problem is Bibi would never get time to talk because the anti-semitic diatribe is unrelentingly endless, so too the anti-Jewish cartoons, anti-Jewish jokes and of course the global murders, tortures and attacks on Jews and anyone who knows the truth and is unafraid to say it again and again.

    Oh, and after each clip a little comment such as "this lot have murder on their side, let's isolate ourselves."

    "Another piece of revisionist history, better keep well away from them and keep to ourselves"

    …..or the talk Abbas gave about the peoples should be separated – agree and have all the people who are anti-Jew separated from Israel.

  • Ben

    Panetta`s and Gates` hupocritical and also servile position shows the autoritarian stile of Obama-the open Israel`s and hidden America`s enemy. They try to turn the defeat of American "peace process" many years policy into the Israel`s fault. It`s a pity but many American politician did the same in the past.

  • Ben

    Flipside of dr.Jackil. Anti-semite seldom burden himself with explanations and facts.Hate- the only mover prevent his twisted thought.

    • Boston

      Dipside would rather Israel let itself be destroyed and get it over with. So would President Ohbozo.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Right. Because Israel is destroyed every time it doesn't get its way.

  • Michael

    Panetta,Gates,H.Clinton…all of them have to stick to BHO policy,they are the mouthpieces of the President.

  • 080

    Panetta merely expresses Democratic party hostility toward Israel. I don't hear this bunium from Republicans.

    • WildJew

      Condoleezza Rice was plenty hostile. Do you remember her berating Israel? Do you remember her comparing Israel's Jews to white racists in the south and the Palestinians to Blacks seeking civil rights? I don't remember Bush saying a word. She spoke for the Bush White House. Rice was one of the more anti-Semitic Secretaries of State, next to James Baker and Hillary Clinton.

  • xlent

    It is all so one sided, who do they think they are fooling? All the damnable muslems want is Israels total destruction, and all the damnable socialists want is to aid them in that goal.

  • Will

    Micah 2:Hope for Restoration

    12“Someday, O Israel, I will gather you;

    I will gather the remnant who are left.

    I will bring you together again like sheep in a pen,

    like a flock in its pasture.

    Yes, your land will again

    be filled with noisy crowds!

    13Your leader will break out

    and lead you out of exile,

    out through the gates of the enemy cities,

    back to your own land.

    Your king will lead you;

    the Lord himself will guide you.”

    Be careful America. God is on the side of Israel. And we are to pray the peace of israel.

  • John_Kelly

    Obama has a track record that demonstrates he has no leadership skills whatsoever.

    In fact this "excuse for a President" could not lead lemmings over a cliff, so why does this egotistical, narcissistic, bombastic, fool think he has the right to tell Israel what to do.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Panetta and Obama are telling Israel to roll over and die, this is what they want
    to happen, no Israel and a Muslim entirety in the area with Islam spreading
    world wide. In the case of Panetta, bought and paid for, Obama, Islamist
    sneak, fraud of the millennium, the entire Administration backs Islamist
    causes and works against Israel and America. Now what in the name of
    Heaven does Israel have to negotiate about, push the Palestinians into the
    sea and tell the world to stay out of Israeli affairs…………………William

  • Sallie G. Schaffer

    When will the American Jews wake up and see that the democrats are not their friends, but the Republicans are. When please GOD, when?

  • maturin20

    Both sides are to blame. Israel, more so.

  • Cynic

    What can one expect from Panetta when Hilary tells the Supreme Court that Jerusalem is not in Israel.
    He is just following orders!

  • crypticguise

    Leon Pannetta is a FOOL! Now he is SecDef. Wasn't he just head of the CIA. What an incompetent group of Clowns we have in this Administration.

  • J. Rabinowicz

    Si vis pacem para bellum, if you seek peace prepare for war, an old dictum, though still valid today. Israel will smash its enemies, in due time. Twice we had to leave the Land of Israel during our long history. We came back the third time, and will stay.

  • Boston

    Well, this pretty much says it all for me:

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      What does it say to you?

  • Asher

    Hey Obozo, you are the one who is Isolating Israel and shoving a Pal state down their throat along with your buddies Hamas! I say to Israel do not allow these Tyrants and Decepticons to force you out of your land…..They have been soooooo exposed in the last few weeks!

  • Ronald W. Carnine

    Where does our president get these people? There is no nation more flexible, more willing to compromise than Israel. They want peace, the Palestinians don't. It's that simple. The US needs to stop criticizing Israel and become the alli that Israel is to us.

  • Dispozadaburka

    New World Order needs to re-capture Jerusalem in order to control the world,