'Obama can thank himself for lack of peace progress'

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Far from promoting peace, as the Nobel Committee would like us all to believe, US President Barack Obama has actually made it increasingly more difficult to achieve a compromise peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, explained Mark Zell, co-chairman of the Israel chapter of Republicans Abroad, in an interview with Arutz 7 radio.

Zell pointed out that Obama's overriding focus on stopping Jewish construction in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem, and even declaring the Jewish presence there illegitimate, has encouraged more hardline demands and positions from the Palestinian Arabs.

No Israeli leader can ever meet those demands, at least not if he or she wants to remain in office long enough to actually sign a peace deal.

For example, "moderate" Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is more intractable than ever in his demand that Israel surrender every inch of the areas claimed by the Palestinians, including the entire eastern half of Jerusalem. Abbas has also been emboldened to reject Israel's simple demand that it be recognized as the national home of the Jews, a demand that even Obama has backed.

With Abbas unwilling to budge, and even the most liberal of possible Israeli leaders unable to meet 100 percent of his demands, peace is today more unachievable than ever, despite the picture the White House is trying to paint.

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