Look at this full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal, published by Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, making Abbas out to be the bad guy in the peace process. Why won’t you talk?
Haaretz says that Lauder is patching up with Netanyahu after criticizing him a year back:
Only a year ago, with his personal dispute with Netanyahu in the background, Lauder severely criticized Netanyahu’s peace policy, urging him to start negotiations “without preconditions.”
Lauder then called on Netanyahu to present a plan that would restore Israel’s international support and would pass the pressure on to the Palestinians, adding that while such a move would amount to committing political suicide for Netanyahu, but it would send the ball back into the Palestinian court.
My takeaway here is that this is more bad news for Obama. The lobby is consolidating itself to take him on. It’s trying to marginalize the liberal Zionists, let alone anyone who’s for human rights. Note that Netanyahu has done nothing to meet Lauder’s earlier demands. So Lauder is folding, for a reason, to fall into line in an election year.
Here’s Lauder’s message, in part:
Yet three years have now gone by. And the Palestinians still decline the offer to begin direct talks with no preconditions. Neither the Israelis, nor the Palestinians, nor any of us who seek peace in the region can afford further delay. President Abbas, both your people and the people of Israel will benefit from an agreement. Both will continue to suffer without one.
Accept the offer to talk, President Abbas. It takes two sides to make peace.