Abrams Confirms His New Role
Elliott Abrams just confirmed that he will be official mouthpiece of Bibi Netanyahu and his Likud Party at the Council on Foreign Relations and on the pages of The Weekly Standard (and probably in the Wall Street Journal, too).
In reading the article, ironically entitled â€œThe Path of Realism or the Path to Failure: Laying a Foundation for Peace in Palestine,â€ what canâ€™t help but be struck by the coincidence in views between Abrams and the Likud leader on virtually every single issue regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, from reviving the notion of a Jordanian option to seeing the conflict as â€œpart of a broader struggle in the region over Iranian extremism and power.â€ Also noteworthy is the clarity with which he expresses his total opposition to his former bossâ€™s (President George W. Bush) stated policy, particularly with respect to the Annapolis process (although it apparently didnâ€™t occur to him to offer his resignation under the circumstances) and his explicit embrace of Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (â€reliable and trustworthyâ€) and the PAâ€™s U.S.-tutored security forces who â€œacted in parallel, and sometimes in concert, with Israeli forcesâ€ during Israelâ€™s military campaign in Gaza. Iâ€™m sure both Fayyad and the PAâ€™s security forces appreciate such a fulsome endorsement from Netanyahuâ€™s alter ego.
With friends like Abrams, who seems to think that democratic reform â€” remember, he was in charge of global democracy promotion, as well as the Middle East, in Bushâ€™s National Security Council â€” consists mainly of building Palestinian security forces that can maintain Israelâ€™s occupation indefinitely and fails to mention the word â€œsettlementsâ€ in a 3,200-page essay on â€œrealismâ€ and laying a foundation for peace in Palestine, who needs enemies?
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