If the Obama Administration is currently working overtime to prevent unilateral declaration of a second Palestinian state at the UN, it’s not because of some mysterious outbreak of spontaneous philosemitism. You see, Barack Hussein Obama cornered himself with the Jewish voters and donors. So, now we have the spectacle of staunchly Democratic Jews abandoning the party at a faster rate than rest of the base, and the President must, must, must consolidate the base.
So, the President will throw this particular bone to the Jewish community, he’ll block Abbas’s statehood bid. But look, in his speech before the UN he never referred to Israel as the Jewish state. Never mind that he shouldn’t be talking about Israel at all, he should be talking about Iranians who claim that their weapons will soon be able to reach American shores. Israel is a red herring.
Ironically, it’s not unimaginable that a more pro-Israel President would not block Abbas. Think about Bush pressing Sharon on Gaza, which was done, in part, to placate the Arabs. Sometimes worse is better, just not the way Lenin meant it.
In any event, a second Obama term would be disastrous for Israel because the President will not be bound by any kind domestic political calculations. Something that 2/3 of American Jews who still maintain that they support Obama should consider.
UPDATE: Desmond Dekker’s Israelites came up on iTunes, which was rather appropriate: