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The US Still Doesn't Understand the Palestinians or Iran

This week, Stand for Israel has taken a couple looks at the Obama administration’s relationship with Israel and the rest of the Middle East. Today, Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin continues to question the current American leadership, writing that it does not understand the situations with the Palestinians or Iran:

On Tuesday night, President Obama’s complete interview with Israel’s Channel 2 aired. The full text not only makes his comments about the Iran nuclear deal that I discussed Monday sound even more misleading, but also reveals again how tone-deaf he is to the realities of the conflict with the Palestinians…

The first point that needs to be highlighted is that in the Channel 2 interview, the president again repeated his mantra about Iran’s nuclear program being “frozen” as a result of the interim deal the U.S. negotiated with Tehran in November 2013…

But the main point to be gleaned from all this is that the president went on Israeli TV and failed to speak the truth about Iran’s stockpile. Nothing, not even the facts reported in a newspaper that often serves as an administration cheerleader is enough to stop the president from spouting inaccurate claims about his entente with the Islamist regime.

As for the conflict with the Palestinians, the president deserves a little credit for honesty when he conceded that a peace deal wouldn’t be reached during his presidency. But he also doubled down on the assertion that the primary obstacle to peace was the Israeli government’s skepticism about a two-state solution.

Obama’s focus on Israel’s lack of enthusiasm for more territorial withdrawals must be considered to border on an obsession. The Palestinians have shown no interest in negotiating with Israel on any terms and still won’t recognize the legitimacy of a Jewish state no matter where its borders are drawn. As Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah reiterated in an interview this past weekend in the Washington Post, the PA is solely interested in making an end-run around U.S.-led negotiations and getting the international community to recognize Palestinian independence without requiring them to make peace with Israel first…

Tags: United States , Middle East Unrest

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