Obama Rejects Israel as a Jewish State

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UPDATE: Psaki has posted the following on Twitter denying that the quote attributed to her is accurate.

The story came through Al Quds to INN. The Point quoted an existing news story. The Algeimeiner discusses Psaki’s Tweet further.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Monday said a Palestinian publication recently “distorted” a statement she made last week about Israel’s demand to be recognized as a Jewish state.

The Jerusalem-based paper Al-Quds quoted Psaki as telling one of its reporters during a press briefing on Friday that recognition of Israel as a Jewish state by the Palestinian Authority “is not necessary”, according to The Times of Israel.

Psaki dismissed the claims via Twitter, writing, that the publication “distorted/fabricated my quote,” and that she “did not do an interview with Al Quds.”

Psaki did not do an interview with Al Quds, but she did take a question from its Bureau Chief, Said Arakat.

Original story follows

The State Department is explicitly shooting down an Israeli “must have” for the negotiating framework. That’s an imperative that comes from the top. And that means Obama and Kerry.

Psaki, Obama’s personal leash on Kerry, tries to distinguish between the American position in general and the position in the negotiations, but since Kerry decided to hijack the negotiations so that he can determine the content of the framework, the two are effectively one and the same. Israel is being presented with the Kerry/Obama position.

The United States believes there is no need for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to recognize Israel as a Jewish state as part of a peace agreement, State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Saturday.

Psaki, who spoke to the PA-based Arabic-language Al-Quds newspaper, said, “The American position is clear, Israel is a Jewish state. However, we do not see a need that both sides recognize this position as part of the final agreement.”

The PA has already formally refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, stating that “the Arab states will never recognize a Jewish state.” PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas reiterated this position on Friday, when he told young members of his Fatah movement that “there is no way” he would recognize Israel.

Arafat had already accepted Israel as a Jewish State, but the entire Peace Process has been a process in which the Arafat/Abbas side takes things off the table and escalates its demands and in which American diplomats respond by taking their side.

Abbas is less willing to negotiate than Arafat. That’s not surprising considering that Obama is pandering to Abbas and pressuring Israel. The outcome of that is the inevitable sabotage of the negotiations that will occur when Abbas goes so far that not even Netanyahu will give in. And then Israel takes the fall.

Kerry’s attempt at avoiding the crash by effectively negotiating for both sides only makes the process worse because it frees Abbas to continually escalate his demands in order to break up the process. The more he gets, the more he demands and the more Kerry gives in, abandoning each position for another one.

For hypocrisy’s sake, here is Kerry’s 2004 presidential platform on Israel. Read it and have a good laugh.

John Kerry believes that particularly in uncertain times like these we must reaffirm and indeed strengthen our special relationship with Israel, our most steadfast friend and ally in the region. His commitment to a safe, secure, democratic Jewish state of Israel is unwavering.

He recognizes that in any final settlement for Israel to remain a Jewish State, Palestinians must settle in a future Palestinian State rather than in Israel, and that in light of demographic realities, a number of settlement blocks will likely become a part of Israel.

John Kerry believes that Yasser Arafat is a failed leader and unfit partner for peace and therefore has supported his total isolation. He has demanded a new, responsible Palestinian leadership, committed to ending the violence and fighting terror – in word and in deed – and will work tirelessly to ensure that this new leadership emerges.

John Kerry has long advocated moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s indisputable capital. In 1999, he signed a letter taking President Clinton to task for not moving the embassy.

John Kerry understands that a nuclear armed Iran is unacceptable. He believes the failure of the Bush Administration to thwart Iran’s efforts to amass nuclear weapons poses a real threat to the safety and security of Israel, the US and the rest of the free world.

Guiding Principles for John Kerry on Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:

• As President, John Kerry will never force Israel to make concessions that compromise its security.

• As President, John Kerry would not expect Israel to negotiate without a credible Palestinian partner for peace – something that unfortunately does not exist today.

 

  • C G

    “The outcome of that is the inevitable sabotage of the negotiations that
    will occur when Abbas goes so far that not even Netanyahu will give in.”

    Could someone please clue me in: Does this mean that the author believes that Bibi has given the so-called “Palestinians” enough as it is or that he has caved already? Is Bibi not as strong of a leader that he should be, or was he saying just the opposite?

    For what little I know about the guy (Netanyahu), I really admire him & wish that he was OUR President. Is Israel not as safe or secure as it should be under his watch, & should my fellow Israel lovers here in the US hope that an even stronger, more resolute Israeli leader come along?

  • Veracious_one

    Kerry Is a joke, Muslims laugh at him all the time…

    • C G

      I wonder how his advising the Muslims about the effects of global warming are coming along. Lurch has them shaking in their boots, does he not?

  • Aurelius

    The United States believes there is no need for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to recognize Israel as a Jewish state as part of a peace agreement, State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Saturday.

    This immediately shows that spokeshole Psaki knows little to nothing about that part of the world and the Arab/Muslim mindset common to the region.

    Recognizing Israel as a Jewish state would be anathema to them. Sadly, the only lasting peace will be maintained at gunpoint in my view.

    Israel must summon the courage to go it alone if necessary and tell Lurch Kerry where to get off.

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    • C G

      “The outcome of that is the inevitable sabotage of the negotiations that
      will occur when Abbas goes so far that not even Netanyahu will give in.”

      Could someone please clue me in: Does this mean that the author
      believes that Bibi has given the so-called “Palestinians” enough as it
      is or that he has caved already? Is Bibi not as strong of a leader that
      he should be, or was he saying just the opposite?

      For what little I know about the guy (Netanyahu), I really admire him
      & wish that he was OUR President. Is Israel not as safe or secure
      as it should be under his watch, & should my fellow Israel lovers
      here in the US hope that an even stronger, more resolute Israeli leader
      takes his place in the future?

      • Aurelius

        The author is saying that no matter what the PA has been offered in order to obtain peace, the PA always ends up adding additional terms and conditions which makes a peace agreement impossible.

        In Bibi’s first term as PM he bent over backwards trying to appease Arafat. Bibi went too far in my opinion. Still, this got nowhere in terms of a peace agreement. Since then, Bibi has taken a more conservative position. He understands the requirement for defensible borders and so on.

        Long story short — nothing less than the removal of Jews from land they consider theirs is going to satisfy the Arab/Muslims.

        I’ve always admired Netanyahu. He is a highly intelligent and capable man.

        • Larry Larkin

          Nothing less than the removal of Jews from everywhere is going to satisfy the arab/muslims. It’s in their Guide to Domination quite plainly, they can’t achieve a complete dar al islam whilst ANY Jew remains alive.

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  • Marsha

    um, no, the United States does NOT believe that Israel doesn’t have to be recognized as a Jewish state. That’s what the gangsters in the current administration believe. Obummer and his henchmen are so far out of step with the American public at large that it bends the mind. Counting the days off until these commies are gone …

  • A Z

    If the majority of voters/people in Israel consider Israel a Jewish state, then it is a Jewish state.

    Obama is trying to con them into a belief of Israel as a multi-cultural state. If he does that, then they are Playdoh in his hands.

    At best Obama’s intent is the elusive Israeli-Palestinian Peace Deal at best. At worst his intent is evil.

    Sharon made the best effort at Peace. He ceded Gaza. His good faith effort was squandered by Hamas and the Palestinians. After ceding Gaza and getting rockets in return only a great fool would cede the West bank and agree to a 2 state solution.

    • Bryan

      The issue is if the PA has to acknowledge Israel as a Jewish state. The article alleges the agreement does not require the PA acknowledge Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. This means that Sec Kerry’s peace treaty allows the PA to attack Israel as long as the Jewish people are in charge or have a serious say. Admittedly, not much of a basis for a peace treaty.

      • A Z

        Well there is that. The fact that the PA does not acknowledge Israel’s right to exist.

        Then there is the history of Palestinians. It is not boolean logic but inductive thinking that people and all animals engage in (and which has kept them alive) shows the pattern that the Palestinians will slaughter all Israelis.

        But Lurch the peacemaker and others do not see any of the above points as a problem.

  • Habbgun

    John Kerry will one day have a tombstone that reads…..John Kerry has embraced death. John Kerry and his supporters will continue to embrace his death. John Kerry believes millions of people mourn his death daily. John Kerry continues to support clean streets.

  • Gee

    The last time I looked the United States State Department has no say in the matter.

    If Israel demands Abbas stand on his head and spit watermelon seeds otherwise he will get no land – then he has two choices, stand on his head and spit watermelon seeds or get some land. The US has no say otherwise

    • Raymond_in_DC

      Unfortunately, the US claims a say, and worse, makes Israel’s life more difficult when Israel doesn’t take heed of what the US is saying.

  • herb benty

    Since when can our “leaders” lie so much, so blatantly, and get away with it?

  • luis segui

    Bigots are out in full force. Money lovers keeping the poor down. Who has the banks who has the ghettos? Tolerance? Really? Only for you?

  • Patrick Keogan

    Good. Jews overwhelmingly support Democrats. Glad they’re getting fucked too!

  • tickletik

    I don’t have a problem with the State dept. they are just sociopaths. It’s who they are.

    My problem is with us. We need to end this farce. Enough already. How much longer are we going to torment and punish ourselves with this wicked self indulgence? The peace process is nothing more than a narcissistic fantasy concocted by sheltered inbred half wits who only know how to babble nonsense impressively. We all know it cannot work, and we keep it up for what? Love of the Gentiles? They hate us more now than ever, and who can blame them? For respect? Who can respect a fool? For peace? Hah hah.

    We are doing this for ego. This is an ego trip of the privileged rich, by the privileged rich, and for the privileged rich, to pamper themselves while the rest of us take bullets and bombs. There are no bombs going off in the leftist enclaves. It isn’t the children of the ruling families vacationing in Paris that get blown to bits. Enough already. It’s time to tell these morons that they have had their fun and it is time to find something else with which to occupy their boring privileged lives.

  • cocoon

    These talks, from outset, were going to humiliate US and weaken our ally Israel.
    One wonders why US would be so proactive in a negotiation which their only strength would be in weakening Israel by suggesting boycotts or sanctions may come their way?
    The first time, in my lifetime, US has put Israel in this position.
    And yet our President suggests Putin and Russia are on wrong side of history?