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Sundown: Clinton Criticizes Building

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Secretary of State Clinton today.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

• Secretary of State Clinton, set to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu tomorrow, said new Israeli building in East Jerusalem is counterproductive.[JTA]

• A former top IDF commander revealed that Hezbollah refused Hamas’s request to launch missiles at Israel during the 2008-09 Gaza conflict. [Haaretz]

• Don’t throw away that foreskin! [The Stir]

• I want to read about Jewish Gen. Victor Krulak and drink his “Fish House Punch.” [NYT]

• Thanksgiving turkeys with the most authentic Southern street cred come from a place called … Greenberg Smoked Turkey. Of course. [NYT]

• Rahm Emanuel will probably be the next mayor of Chicago. [Chicago Business]

The trailer for the much-anticipated Turkish film Valley of the Wolves: Palestine, which concerns the flotilla, has dropped. If you are into Hamas, you will be into this.

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Counterproductive? Well, it’s obvious the world owes a Clinton a Nobel peace Prize. If not for slick Willie, at least for his suffering wife. Let her look elsewhere for a prize-India and Pakistan are a good start. The Jewish people have supported the Clinton’s financially for a long time, but Israel doesn’t owe her majesty anything. Besides, when did she, the greatest lawyer in America, switch to real estate?

It is absurd for the administration to run frantically from Jerusalem to Ramallah to Riyadh to Cairo and back searching for a way to save peace talks that in its first utterances two years ago the administration itself torpedoed.

The Palestinians and Israel have had on-again, off-again negotiations for decades, most productively without US involvement (interference). Perhaps from an excess of naïveté by our new president (for whom I voted), or an excess of enthusiasm for opening avenues to the Moslem world in the aftermath of 9-11 and eight years of a Bush Administration policy gone wild; or perhaps from an overblown sense of identification with the Palestinians as “oppressed;” whatever the president’s reason, at their first meeting in the White House Netanyahu two years ago Netanyahu brought with him the America-neglected issue of the Iranian bomb, while the president trumped the prime minister with the non-issue of… But wait, of course the settlements are an important issue, but important as it has always been it was never previously an obstacle to the neighbors across the Green Line sitting at the same table and negotiating. In fact the issue of the settlements was, for the most part, already settled, at least between the neighbors. In fact most of the issues between the parties were already settled, at Camp David, with President Clinton, in 2000. Borders drawn, territory swaps agreed to.

Once our president made the settlements the center of his “peacemaking” efforts he all but scuttled any possibility for negotiations. He turned Israel into the obstacle, and left the Palestinians no option but to follow Obama’s lead and declare talks at an end until Israel publicly kowtows to the president, displays weakness in the face of an increasingly radical Middle East.

Before his execution Sadam Hussein was asked why, if he had no weapons of mass destruction in hiding did he not say so and avoid providing Bush the excuse to attack? His response, “We live in a

very dangerous neighborhood [my paraphrase]. In order to deter an attack from Iran Iraq had to appear to have those weapons.

Israel, lacking the population and wealth of Iraq, is even more vulnerable. And as the United States under Bush failed to understand the nature of the region, so also does the present presidential incumbent. Where Bush inadvertently served Iraq to Iran on a silver platter, Obama appears equally capable, inadvertently, of course, to transform Israel into Palestine, and Palestine, along with Jordan and Lebanon, back into Greater Syria.

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