Diplomatic failure

21 Shevat 5777 HAnoch Ne’eman, Jerusalem

The fact that the outgoing US administration led a coalition to criticize Israeli settlements with a Security Council resolution, is of course, a tremendous diplomatic failure.

One could say it is all the Obama Adm.’s fault, but I differ with that view somewhat. I think that fact that our PM and our Ambassador talk about a Palestinian State contributes to the ability of a President to do that. Because the President can say – “look you admit you are wrong, you talk about a Pal. State, you agreed to settlement freeze, etc. You are just being stubborn and dragging your feet.”

Maybe I am wrong, maybe there is nothing to stop a President on the loose, but I believe it would be much harder for them to do that if our diplomats said clearly – there is only one state here, where all Arabs who are loyal and good citizens enjoy full civil rights.

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Now this week, with a new US President, we have this ridiculous meeting between our PM and him, were the new President says “I don’t know, one state, two states, what you folks want!” Not that I expect an American President to know what is going on here much, I expect him to say stupid things, but that our PM keeps playing that game is disheartening and disappointing and sad. These people live in their own world, not the world of reality.

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