Seventy-six out of 100 US senators this week signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to carefully weigh the risks to Israel’s security before pushing his new Middle East peace initiative.
The letter was sent to the president one day after his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during which Obama pressed his guest to grasp hold of the “historic opportunity” to make peace by surrendering his people’s ancient lands.
In their letter, the senators appeared to side with Netanyahu’s view that Israel cannot even consider a Palestinian state until the Palestinians honor their commitments to halt all terrorism against the Jewish state.
“We must also continue to insist on the absolute Palestinian commitment to ending terrorist violence,” they wrote. “The more capable and responsible Palestinian forces become, the more they demonstrate the ability to govern and to maintain security, the easier it will be for them to reach an accord with Israel.”
According to reports in the US media, Obama is determined to push forward with the creation of a Palestinian Arab state at the earliest possible date, and will try to mitigate the risk to Israel by calling for that Palestinian state to be demilitarized.
There was no mention of what the consequences would be if and when the Palestinians rejected or violated that condition.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted Netanyahu in Washington on Tuesday, and reiterated what Obama had told the Israeli leader a day earlier: the new US government is determined to succeed where its predecessors failed in playing midwife to “Palestine.”
Clinton demanded that Netanyahu halt all construction of Jewish home in Judea and Samaria, since, as she put it, “the Palestinians deserve a viable state,” and new Israeli construction on those biblical lands would make that impossible.
She also made the obligatory call for Palestinian terror groups to stop attacking Israelis.