Inside Obama’s Plan to Smear Israel

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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There’s a reason that no one in Israel wanted Martin Indyk within a thousand miles of the negotiations. He’s the man you bring in to do this kind of dirty work, as Adam Kredo at the Washington Free Beacon reveals.

The Obama administration has been waging a secret media war in capitals across two continents blaming Israel for the recent collapse of peace talks with the Palestinians, according to former Israeli diplomats and Washington, D.C. insiders familiar with the peace process.

Multiple sources told the Washington Free Beacon that top Obama administration officials have worked for the past several days to manufacture a crisis over the reissuing of housing permits in a Jerusalem neighborhood widely acknowledged as Israeli territory.

These administration officials have planted several stories in Israeli and U.S. newspapers blaming Israel for the collapse of peace talks and have additionally provided reporters with anonymous quotes slamming the Israeli government.

The primary source of these multiple reports has been identified as Middle East envoy Martin Indyk and his staff, according to these insiders, who said that the secret media campaign against Israel paved the way for Secretary of State John Kerry to go before Congress on Tuesday and publicly blame Israel for tanking the talks.

“The Palestinians didn’t even know they were supposed to be abandoning negotiations because of these housing permits, which are actually old, reissued permits for areas everyone assumes will end up on the Israelis’ side of the border anyway,” said one senior official at a U.S. based pro-Israel organization who asked to remain anonymous because the Obama administration has in the past retaliated against critics from inside the pro-Israel world.

“Then Martin Indyk started telling anyone who would listen that in fact the Palestinians were angry over the housing issue,” the source said. “Eventually, the Palestinians figured out it was in their interest to echo what the Americans were saying.”

Indyk, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Israel during the Clinton administration, as well as in several other roles, was appointed by Obama to act as the U.S. special envoy for peace negotiations.

Appointing Indyk, a man widely loathed in Israel, suggests that perhaps the negotiations were always meant to fail, and their real objective was to sabotage Netanyahu.

  • monostor

    Denis Miller said that Kerry looks like a statue from Easter Island. Indik? Looks like Carter if you ask me. Two peas in a pod. Peace on Earth fellows! God is Great!

  • disbroken

    Peace on earth mga Bro

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  • truebearing

    Nothing Obama does surprises me. There is great malevolence emanating from him, Kerry, and the rest of the cabal that is deviously pulling every trick in the book to damage the US and Israel.

  • Gee

    It would never work with an Israeli leader with any sort of spine. Netanyahu is a gutless wonder

    • bob smith

      what in the world is Netanyahu’s problem? Just what is holding him back from acting in a more direct, and pre-emptive manner? Surely he sees all of these diversionary tactics (one would hope)?

      Damn, he has been a disappointment to say the least during this sham of purported ‘peace talks’. He must stop acquiescing and take the lead in front and expose this sham for what it is. Time to act!

  • Tish

    Kerry should sell advertising on that chin of his !

  • Anukem Jihadi

    I think this is simply plan B for them. Either way they get to the same place. They want the way cleared.

  • peacenow2011

    May I respectfully draw attention to the following please.
    Please accept my apologies if it is long. God bless you all.

    The UN view of the Palestinian
    Territories can be seen at

    the following URL:

    http://unispal.un.org/pdfs/OCHA_IsrSettlementPolicies.pdf

    * The West Bank and East Jerusalem is occupied Palestine
    (bilaterally recognised by 133 nations in the world including India, China,
    Russia, Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia, Guatemala, Thailand and Iceland). This
    number has increased since 2013.

    * Palestine is officially a non-member State and recognised by
    the UN. 138 nations supported Palestine in November 2012 in its successful bid
    for statehood. France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Greece, Cyprus
    and Malta were among many European nations to support Palestine. Their vote for
    Palestine was important as were those cast by India, China, Russia, Brazil,
    Japan, Mexico and New Zealand who supported Palestine too. The Secretary
    General of the UN and Vatican Church welcomed the re-birth of Palestine.

    * However, Palestine (West Bank and East Jerusalem) is still
    illegally held and sadly Israel’s Prime Minister Mr Netanyahu has ignored the
    ruling of the International Court of Justice (subsequently supported by the UN
    and EU) with respect to the “separation barrier”. This
    “wall” is 3 times the length of the Berlin Wall.

    * UNESCO’s recognition of Palestine in 2011 was supported by
    France, Spain, Ireland, Belgium, Norway, Greece and other European nations.

    * Please also see UNSC Resolution 478 concerning Jerusalem. The
    4th Geneva Convention is applicable to all the Palestinian Territories.

    * International law and UN Resolutions (over which there are
    over 150) are ignored by Israel’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.

    * UN Resolutions specify Israel’s illegal hold of the
    Palestinian Territories to be a violation of the 4th Geneva Convention and as
    such is a War Crime under international law. More so now, that settlements are
    being placed in another nation.

    Yours sincerely

    Anthony

    *** UN Security Council Resolution 478 (1980) of 20 August

    1980 – BINDING

    The Security Council, recalling its resolution 476 (1980);

    reaffirming again that the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible;

    deeply concerned over the enactment of a “basic law” in the Israeli

    Knesset proclaiming a change in the character and status of the Holy City of

    Jerusalem, with its implications for peace and security; noting that Israel has

    not complied with resolution 476 (1980); reaffirming its determination to

    examine practical ways and means, in accordance with the relevant provisions of

    the Charter of the United Nations, to secure the full implementation of its

    resolution 476 (1980), in the event of non-compliance by Israel ; Censures in

    the strongest terms the enactment by Israel of the “basic law” on

    Jerusalem and the refusal to comply with relevant Security Council resolutions;

    http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL….

    *** Resolution 694 (1991) – BINDING

    Adopted by the Security Council at its 2989th meeting on 24

    May 1991

    The Security Council,

    Reaffirming its resolution 681 (1990),

    Having learned with deep concern and consternation that Israel
    has, in violation of its obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention of
    1949, and acting in opposition to relevant Security Council resolutions, and to
    the detriment of efforts to achieve a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in
    the Middle East, deported four Palestinian civilians on 18 May 1991,

    1. Declares that the action of the Israeli authorities of deporting
    four Palestinians on 18 May is in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention of
    1949, which is applicable to all the Palestinian territories

    occupied by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem;

    2. Deplores this action and reiterates that Israel, the occupying
    Power, refrain from deporting any Palestinian civilian from the occupied
    territories and ensure the save and immediate return of all those

    deported;

    3. Decides to keep the situation under review.

  • peacenow2011

    *** Resolution 672 (1990) – BINDING

    Adopted by the Security Council at its 2948th meeting on 12 October
    1990

    The Security Council,

    Recalling its resolutions 476 (1980) and 478 (1980),

    Reaffirming that a just and lasting solution to the Arab-Israeli
    conflict must be based on its resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973) through an
    active negotiating process which takes into account the right

    to security for all States in the region, including Israel, as well as the legitimate
    political rights of the Palestinian people,

    Taking into consideration the statement of the Secretary-General
    relative to the purpose of the mission he is sending to the region and conveyed
    to the Council by the President on 12 October 1990,

    1. Expresses alarm at the violence which took place on 8 October
    at the Al Haram al Shareef and other Holy Places of Jerusalem resulting in over
    twenty Palestinian deaths and to the in-jury of more than one hundred and fifty
    people, including Palestinian civilians and innocent worshippers;

    2. Condemns especially the acts of violence committed by the Israeli
    security forces resulting in injuries and loss of human life;

    3. Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously
    by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva
    Convention, which is applicable to all the territories occupied by

    Israel since 1967;

    4. Requests, in connection with the decision of the Secretary-General
    to send a mission to the region, which the Council welcomes, that he submit a
    report to it before the end of October 1990 containing his

    findings and conclusions and that he use as appropriate all the resources of the
    United Nations in the region in carrying out the mission.

    24th April 2012 – UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

    “I strongly condemn the Israeli government’s decision yesterday to turn three
    illegal outposts in the West Bank into settlements. I urged the Israeli
    government in my statement on 5 April to remove – not legalise – outposts across the West Bank”.

    Furthermore, I would like to refer you to specific serious concerns
    raised by the International Court of Justice (2004) – with relevance to the
    ‘security barrier’ – which was viewed with alarm by the international
    community. Incidentally the reference to the illegality of settlements in the
    West Bank and East Jerusalem was also reinforced when the International Court of Justice also found the following (indeed the EU supported the UN vote
    pertaining to the ‘security barrier’):

    * That the separation barrier is intended to assist the
    settlements, the establishment of which violates Article 49 of the Convention.
    Also, the court pointed out that the restrictions placed on the local
    population located between the barrier and the Green Line are liable to lead to
    abandonment of the land, which also constitutes a violation of Article 49. In
    addition, the opinion stated that taking control of private land to build the
    barrier injured private property owners, and thus violated Articles 46 and 52
    of the Hague Regulations of 1907 and of Article 53 of the Fourth Geneva
    Convention.

  • peacenow2011

    Some other key UN Security Council Resolutions on Palestine – BINDING AND INTERNATIONAL LAW (there are over 150 UN Resolutions)

    252 (21 May 1968)

    Urgently calls upon Government of Israel to rescind measures that change the legal status of Jerusalem, including the expropriation of land and properties thereon.

    262 (31 December 1968)

    Calls upon Government of Israel to pay compensation to Lebanon for the destruction of airliners at Beirut International Airport.

    267 (3 July 1969)

    Expects Israel rescind measures seeking to change the legal status of occupied East Jerusalem.

    271 (15 September 1969)

    Expects the demand that Government of Israel rescind measures seeking to change the legal status of occupied East Jerusalem.

    298 (25 September 1971)

    Expects the demand that Government of Israel rescind measures seeking to change the legal status of occupied East Jerusalem.

    446 (22 March 1979)

    Calls on Israel to cease, on an urgent basis, the establishment, construction, and planning of settlements in the Palestinian Territories, occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem.

    452 (20 July 1979)

    Expects Israel cease, on an urgent basis, the establishment, construction, and planning of settlements in the Palestinian Territories, occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem.

    465 (1 March 1980)

    Expects Israel cease, the establishment, construction, and planning of illegal settlements in the Palestinian Territories, occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem.

    471 (5 June 1980)

    Demands prosecution of those involved in the assassination attempt of West Bank leaders and compensation for damages; Expects demands to comply by Fourth Geneva Convention.

    484 (19 December 1980)

    Expects Israeli compliance with the Fourth Geneva Convention.

    573 (4 October 1985)

    Condemns the Government of Israeli with respect to the attack in Tunisia. Call on Israel to pay compensation for human and material losses from its attack and to refrain from all such attacks or threats of attacks against other nations.

    592 (8 December 1986)

    Demands Israel comply with the Fourth Geneva Conventions in all Occupied Palestinian Territories including East Jerusalem.

    605 (22 December 1987)

    Calls upon the Government of Israel, the Occupying Power, to comply by the Fourth Geneva Convention.

    607 (5 January 1988)

    Expects Israel to comply with the Fourth Geneva Convention as well as cease its practice of deportations from the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

    608 (14 January 1988), 636 (6 July 1989), 641 (30 August 1989)

    Expects that Israel cease the deportations of Palestinian people from the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

    672 (12 October 1990)

    Expects Israel to comply by the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

    673 (24 October 1990)

    Demands that the Israel come into compliance with UN Resolution 672.

    681 (20 December 1990)

    Expects Israel to comply with the Fourth Geneva Convention with respect to the Occupied Palestinian Territories including East Jerusalem.

    694 (24 May 1991)

    Expects that Israel stop Palestinian civilian deportation from the Occupied Palestinian Territories and ensure the safe and immediate return of deportees.

    726 (6 January 1992)

    Expects Israel to comply with the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention and to cease its deportation practice from Occupied Palestinian Territories.

    799 (18 December 1992)

    Reaffirms Fourth Geneva Convention to all Palestinian Territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem. Also affirms that deportation of civilians constitutes a contravention of its obligations under the Convention.

    904 (18 March 1994)

    Israel is called upon, as the occupying power, to take and implement measures, inter alia, confiscation of arms, with the aim of preventing illegal acts of violence by settlers.

    1073 (28 September 1996)

    Calls on the safety and security of Palestinian civilians to be ensured.

    1322 (7 October 2000)

    Calls upon Israel to comply with the Fourth Geneva Convention regarding the responsibilities of the occupying power in the Palestinian Territories.

    1402 (30 March 2002)

    Calls for Israel to withdraw from Palestinian cities.

    1403 (4 April 2002)

    Demands that the Government of Israel go through with the implementation of UNSC Resolution 1402.

    1405 (19 April 2002)

    UN inspector call to investigate civilian deaths during Israel’s assault on the Palestinian Jenin refugee camp.

    1435 (24 September 2002)

    Calls on Israel to withdraw to positions of September 2000 and end its military activities in and around Ramallah, including the destruction of security and civilian infrastructure.

  • peacenow2011

    *** UN Security Council Resolution 478 (1980) of 20 August

    1980 – BINDING

    The Security Council, recalling its resolution 476 (1980);
    reaffirming again that the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible;
    deeply concerned over the enactment of a “basic law” in the Israeli
    Knesset proclaiming a change in the character and status of the Holy City of
    Jerusalem, with its implications for peace and security; noting that Israel has
    not complied with resolution 476 (1980); reaffirming its determination to
    examine practical ways and means, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, to secure the full implementation of its
    resolution 476 (1980), in the event of non-compliance by Israel ; Censures in
    the strongest terms the enactment by Israel of the “basic law” on
    Jerusalem and the refusal to comply with relevant Security Council resolutions;

    Security Council thus declares Israel’s decision NULL and VOID and demands that member nations of the UN adhere to binding resolution vis-a-vis Jerusalem.

    http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL….