Israel and Obama
By Bill Fletcher, Jr.
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board
Sept. 23, 2010 - The so-called peace talks between Israel and the Palestine National Authority raise a number of interesting and, in some respects, provocative questions. One concerns whether the Israeli government has any interest in a just peace. The second is whether the Netanyahu group (in power) wishes to bring down President Obama.
In terms of the first question, that is, of the Israeli government's interest in a just peace, there is, unfortunately, no evidence to believe that such an interest exists.
With regard to the question of President Obama, there is an interesting trail of events. Since Obama's election the attitude of the Israeli political establishment towards him has been less than enthusiastic. In fact, it has been nothing short of insulting. The first responses to the Obama presidency were largely cautious, though in the background there was fear and anger. Racist remarks began to emerge regarding Obama, with the Israeli right-wing transferring some of its anti-Palestinian racism and Islamophobia onto their attitude towards President Obama.