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Interview med Condoleezza Rice

The FP Interview: Condoleezza Rice on Obama, “Leading from Behind,” Iraq, and More

The former secretary of state dishes on what the current administration gets right – and what it gets wrong.

By Josh Rogin | November 3, 2011

Logo Foreign Policy SmallFormer Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sat down for an extensive interview with Foreign Policy as part of the rollout of her new book, No Higher Honor. Rice criticized the notion of “leading from behind”; called for a return to a focus on human rights in foreign policy; lamented the downfall of democracy in Russia, calling Putin’s likely return to power a “terrible turn of events”; and contended that George W. Bush’s administration, despite avowals by the current White House to the contrary, had always intended to negotiate an extension to the agreement that required all U.S. troops to exit Iraq by the end of this year.

On the contentious subject of Middle East peace, Rice fully endorsed the U.S. decision to withdraw from any U.N. organization that grants full membership to the Palestinians, as UNESCO did this week. “If the U.N. wants to go down this road, let them see how well they do without U.S. support,” she said. Rice also said that by initially pressuring the Israeli government to accept a settlement freeze, Barack Obama’s administration had “put the Palestinians in a position of having to be less Palestinian than the United States,” forcing them to adopt more extensive demands.

Mere HER i Foreign Policy.

FNs generalforsamling, Israel & Palæstina

Der vil gå flere uger, før FN har behandlet palæstinensernes ansøgning om fuldt FN-medlemsskab, alias en anerkendelse af Palæstina som selvstændig stat, skriver BBC. Der kræves mindst 9 ja-stemmer fra Sikkerhedsrådets 15 medlemmer.

Men en godkendelse kan stadig forhindres af et veto uanset stemmeantallet, skriver Reuters. Og det veto vil amerikanerne nedlægge, siger præsident Obama i følge Foreign Policy.

Veritas Universalis ser lidt nærmere på hvad konklusionen ellers i øvrigt blev og hvad forskellige kendisser, iagttagere med flere har sagt eller skrevet under de vigtige møder, der fandt sted i New York i den forgangne uge. Møderne falder i tre kategorier:

  • FN’s generalforsamling
  • Duban III-konferencen
  • Flere protest-møder

Mødet i FN’s generalforsamling var det vigtigste:

What Does the UN’s Palestine Vote Mean?

By Michael Rubin – September 23, 2011

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has formally submitted an application to the United Nations for that international body to recognize Palestinian statehood regardless of ongoing territorial disputes with Israel.

While the press will focus on the immediate aftermath—violence in the West Bank and Gaza, the Israeli reaction, and who voted for or against—the move is a game-changer in a number of ways.

Mere HER i The American. Kan også læses her hos Arabica News Intelligence.

Contentions No Moral Equivalence Between Abbas and Netanyahu

Jonathan S. Tobin | September 23, 2011

The media is already treating the dueling speeches today at the United Nations General Assembly by Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as morally equivalent. But such a view of these addresses would be dead wrong.

To put it bluntly, Abbas lied, and Netanyahu told the truth.

Abbas based his claim for the United Nations to allow him to bypass negotiations and to get a state without first making peace with Israel on the notion Israel’s presence in the West Bank and Jerusalem is “the last occupation.” That would be news to the Kurds and a host of other ethnic groups large and small throughout the globe who have suffered as much if not more than the Palestinians, but who have never been considered worthy of an independent state by the international community.

Mere HER i Commentary Magazine.

Bill Clinton: Netanyahu killed the peace process

By Josh Rogin – September 22, 2011

Who’s to blame for the continued failure of the Middle East peace process? Former President Bill Clinton said today that it is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — whose government moved the goalposts upon taking power, and whose rise represents a key reason there has been no Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Clinton, in a roundtable with bloggers today on the sidelines of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, gave an extensive recounting of the deterioration in the Middle East peace process since he pressed both parties to agree to a final settlement at Camp David in 2000. He said there are two main reasons for the lack of a comprehensive peace today: the reluctance of the Netanyahu administration to accept the terms of the Camp David deal and a demographic shift in Israel that is making the Israeli public less amenable to peace.

Mere HER i Foreign Policy.

Last ditch attempt to kick-start Middle East peace talks launched by main powers after Palestinian statehood bid

The major international powers have launched a last-ditch attempt to breathe life back into moribund Middle East peace talks after Palestinians sought statehood at the United Nations.

By Philip Sherwell, New York – 24 Sep 2011

The US, EU, UN and Russia outlined a 15-month timeline to reach a deal immediately after Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian Authority, defied American pressure and lodged a statehood request with the UN Security Council.

Negotiators from the Quartet grouping did not address the entrenched preconditions laid down by Israel and Palestine as they tried to break the stalemate and prod them back to talks.

But uncompromising speeches at the UN by Mr Abbas and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister – and the heated response to their words – signalled that the gulf between the two sides is only growing deeper.

Mere HER i The Telegraph.

Obama’s Focus at the UN: Getting Passionate about Israel

By Robert Satloff – September 22, 2011

On the emotive issue of the Palestinian request for UN admission as a state, Obama delivered one of the most impassioned statements in support of Israel ever made by an American president in the well of the General Assembly.

President Obama’s speech at the United Nations yesterday may have lacked both the thematic power of his other major speeches on the world stage — “the pursuit of peace in an imperfect world” is not likely to capture imaginations — as well as new, bold ideas to address Iran’s push for nuclear weapons or the deepening humanitarian crisis in Syria. But on the emotive issue of the Palestinian request for UN admission as a state, Obama delivered one of the most impassioned statements in support of Israel ever made by an American president in the well of the General Assembly.

Mere HER hos The Washington Institute.

Israel at the U.N.: A Sucker’s Game

Caroline Glick  – September 25, 2011

This week’s Palestinian-statehood extravaganza at the U.N. is being billed as something of a modern-day showdown at the O.K. Corral. If the Palestinians gain recognition of their state, then Israel is the big loser. And if the Palestinians fail to gain U.N. recognition of “Palestine” as a member state, then Israel is the big winner.

But the situation is more complex. By going to the U.N., the Palestinians have shown their absolute bad faith in previous negotiations with Israel, and indeed exposed the entire peace process as a lie. The peace process was based on the assumption that a Palestinians state could emerge only at the end of a comprehensive peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians. That is, such a state would be at peace with Israel.

By bypassing negotiations, the Palestinians seek to gain a state that will be born in a state of war with Israel.

Mere HER i Family Security Matters. Kan også læses her hos National Review Online. Caroline Glick her.

Palestinian Arabs: Once they were the weapons of Arab Socialism. Now they are the weapons of Islam

The End of Palestine

Daniel Greenfield – September 19, 2011

In the spring of 1964, while the Vietnam War was underway, the space program had brought close up photos of the moon, and the Beatles were topping the charts; the Arab League convened to try and find a way to complete the ethnic cleansing of Jews from Israel. They had tried it once before in 1948, with incomplete results. Back then, the Arab forces had managed to capture and ethnically cleanse the eastern half of Jerusalem, as well as seizing and annexing the West Bank and Gaza. But for 16 years, Israel had managed to frustrate their designs by stubbornly continuing to exist.

What the Arab governments wanted was a terrorist organization that could cross the border and carry out attacks inside Israel. And they wanted plausible deniability so that Israel and the UN couldn’t hold them responsible for those attacks. And so cloaked in a lot of smoke and mirrors about “Palestinian Arab nationhood”, the Palestine Liberation Organization was born.

The PLO had three tasks, to harass Israel through terror, to cultivate a fifth column inside the country that would come into play in an invasion, and to make it seem as if the Arab world wasn’t a bunch of genocidal maniacs, but wanted to destroy Israel in the name of “Palestinian rights”.

Mere HER hos Canada Free Press. Eurasia Review her.

Mahmoud Abbas Denies Jewish Links to Israel

September 23, 2011 – Alan Elsner

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas presented a bid for full membership in the United Nations on Friday, knowing that he lacked the votes to bring the matter to the Security Council. He then delivered a harsh, distorted, hate-filled speech to the General Assembly.

Abbas blamed the failure of the peace process entirely on Israel. He said he would not return to negotiations unless Israel freezes building in the territories. Israel is ready to renew negotiations immediately—but without preconditions.

Mere HER hos Charisma News.

This UN bid for statehood will not help the Palestinian cause

Negotiating with Israel may be exhausting and frustrating, but if Palestinians really want a state, they must persevere

Einat Wilf – 22 September 2011

Well-meaning world leaders, supporters of peace, even friends of Israel, are under the impression that in supporting the Palestinian gambit in the UN, they are supporting the cause of Palestinian statehood and peace. They could not be more wrong.

In my years in public policy and foreign affairs, I learned that we would do well to listen to what Palestinian leaders say publicly. We mistakenly assume that what they say in private is of greater value, but it is their public pronouncements that are truly binding. Abbas said in the New York Times on 17 May that “Palestine’s admission to the United Nations would pave the way for the internationalisation of the conflict as a legal matter, not only a political one”, and pave the way “to pursue claims against Israel at the United Nations, human rights treaty bodies and the International Court of Justice”.

Mere HER i The Guardian. Einat Wilfs hjemmeside her.

Interview: Refugees will not be citizens of new state

By Annie Slemrod – September 15, 2011

Palestinian refugees will not become citizens of a new Palestinian state, according to Palestine’s ambassador to Lebanon.

From behind a desk topped by a miniature model of Palestine’s hoped-for blue United Nations chair, Ambassador Abdullah Abdullah spoke to The Daily Star Wednesday about Palestine’s upcoming bid for U.N. statehood.

The ambassador unequivocally says that Palestinian refugees would not become citizens of the sought for U.N.-recognized Palestinian state, an issue that has been much discussed. “They are Palestinians, that’s their identity,” he says. “But … they are not automatically citizens.”

This would not only apply to refugees in countries such as Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Jordan or the other 132 countries where Abdullah says Palestinians reside. Abdullah said that “even Palestinian refugees who are living in [refugee camps] inside the [Palestinian] state, they are still refugees. They will not be considered citizens.”

Mere HER i den libanesiske avis, The Daily Star. Kan også læses her hos The Jerusalem Fund.

Palestinians vent anger at U.S. over statehood issue

By Sheera Frenkel | September 22, 2011

Ramallah, West Bank — Palestinian protesters burned effigies of President Barack Obama and stomped on U.S. flags Thursday in one of the largest recent displays of anti-American sentiment here, sparked by the United States’ pledge to veto any request for U.N. membership for a Palestinian state.

Mere HER hos McClatchy. The Anchorage Daily News her.

Don’t reward the Palestinians’ ‘lawfare’ campaign with statehood: Make peace with Israel first

By Rory Lancman and Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld – September 22nd 2011

The United Nations’ potential blessing of a Palestinian state in an end run around direct negotiations with Israel will add a dangerous new dimension to the Palestinians’ decades-long campaign of conventional and unconventional war against the Jewish state – the commencement of a full-blown “lawfare” campaign against Israel and its allies.

UN-sanctioned lawfare against Israel is nothing new. In 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICC), at the instigation of the UN General Assembly, declared that the security fence Israel erected to block Palestinian terrorists from infiltrating from the West Bank – a fence which helped dramatically reduce the number of suicide bombers penetrating Israel – is illegal, even though many countries, including the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, have erected fences on their border. Did we mention that Israel is the only UN member state barred from serving on the International Court?

Mere HER i The New York Daily News. Desuden denne artikel, som ganske vist er fra august, men som afgjort hører hjemme i denne post:

Jews have human rights, too

By Roz Rothstein and Roberta Seid – August 22, 2011

Until Palestinians recognize this, we will never have peace

The recent coordinated terrorist attacks on Israel and the latest poll of Palestinian public opinion offer insight into why Middle East peace remains so elusive: The Palestinian public is simply unwilling to recognize the human rights of Jews.

Consider Palestinians’ reactions to the grisly coordinated attacks against Israel last Thursday. Terrorists assaulted travelers and soldiers in the South with gunfire, mortars, anti-tank missiles and two suicide bombers. Eight civilians – including two kindergarten teachers and their husbands who were going to vacation in Eilat – and two soldiers were murdered; 30 were wounded. A four-year-old and a sevenyear- old child were among those hurt.

Mere HER i The Jerusalem Post.

Og fra Arutz Sheva, der fortæller om endnu et terrorangreb. I fredags dræbte palæstinenserne to israelere, – et spædbarn og hans far:

Israel Police Chief: ‘Car Accident’ Was Terror Attack

A tragic car crash that killed a young man and his baby son near Hevron was caused by terrorist rock attack, Israel Police chief confirms.

Mere HER i Arutz Sheva. I artiklerne overfor er der referencer til bla. disse:

Ahtiaari og Solana får svar her i Foreign Policy:

  • How Not to Play Peacemaker – 10 reasons why Europe should reject the Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations af Amos Yadlin og Robert Satloff

Opdatering 28. september 2011 – Robert Spencer i Human Events:

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