Obama is bad for Israel, warns Bolton

Sunday, March 15, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Despite his efforts to appear as an impartial peace broker, US President Barack Obama's words and actions over the past month prove his presidency could be very dangerous for Israel, warned former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton.

In a weekend column for the New York Post, Bolton noted that Obama and his advisors have adopted the theory that the "overwhelming bulk of other Middle East grievances, wholly or partly, stem from Israel's founding and continued existence."

As such, Obama - either directly or through his Middle East envoy, George Mitchell - is expected to ramp up pressure on Israel to meet the Arabs' untenable demands, from the surrender of strategic land to the opening of Israel's doors to untold millions of so-called Palestinian "refugees."

Israeli officials have already noted a sharp increase in stern warnings from Washington for Israel to accelerate the peace process, despite ongoing non-compliance by the Palestinians.

The Obama Administration has also made it clear that nothing but a fully independent and sovereign Palestinian Arab state will be acceptable as the final goal of the peace process.

That position contrasts that of incoming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who insists that the Palestinians have demonstrated that they will use such a state to further threaten Israel, and therefore should not be granted full sovereignty.

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