In an earlier statement made to Israel’s Channel 2 News, President Barack Obama stressed that the United States will shift from its prior pro-Israeli foreign policy to no longer blocking a UN vote on the issue. Obama stressed that it’s challenging for him to continue to block the vote for Palestinian statehood as the U.S. has done previously because he believes that the Israelis are failing to negotiate in good faith thereby making a resolution impossible.
According to the Washington Post, Obama had commented to the Israeli media that Prime Minister Netanyahu had tendencies to think of security first, to ponder that peace is naive, and to see the worst outcome as opposed to best in Arab/Palestinian partners.
What Obama failed to mention in his statement are the continual terrorist led Palestinian jihadist attacks targeting Israelis.
Obama implied that Israel does not want to work towards peace, and that the U.S. involvement on behalf of the Palestinians will aid in remedying the situation. As the interview continued, the president’s tone towards Netanyahu and his approach to the conflict became more escalated and critical.
Obama is quoted as saying, “If, in fact, there’s no prospect of an actual peace process, if nobody believes there’s a peace process, then it becomes more difficult to argue with those who are concerned about settlement construction, those who are concerned about the current situation. It’s more difficult for me to say to them, ‘Be patient and wait because we have a process here’ — because all they need to do is to point to the statements that have been made saying there is no process.”
Despite decades of support for Israel, Obama continues to refuse to stand by Israel and give the nation his vote of confidence. Since taking this stance, critics are calling the president out for having an anti-Israel stance in the Middle East.
Former Senior Advisor to the President, David Axelrod, attempted to defend Obama’s policies that no longer indicate the strong ties to Israel that have been in place for decades. Axelrod recollected a discussion he had with Obama questioning his regarding his hostility to towards Israel, and he quoted the president saying, ““You know, I think I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office. For people to say that I am anti-Israel, or, even worse, anti-Semitic — it hurts.”