Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street feels left out at the Democratic Convention. Tell me about it! The Democrats have thrown the two-state solution under the bus.
The [Republican] charges [that Obama threw Israel under the bus], however, force Democrats into a defensive crouch leaving them trying to outdo Republicans in sounding hawkish and militant to cement their pro-Israel credentials.
Even the head of the Center for Middle East Peace, former Congressman Robert Wexler, told only half the story when he focused nearly the entirety of his five-minute speech to the Democratic Convention on a defense of the President’s strong military and security relationship with Israel – barely mentioning the need for two states and peace.
No one has yet taken the stage to acknowledge what many of Israel’s own top leaders have said: that American leadership toward a two-state solution advances a goal that is essential to Israel’s long-term survival and security as Jewish democracy. Peace, diplomacy, two states – they’re all missing in action here in Charlotte as well as in Tampa. That’s bad for the United States, bad for Israel and bad for all who recognize the critical importance of resolving this conflict now.
Peter Beinart echoes the thought and calls it a dereliction in column titled “Giving Up”.
At root, the 2012 platform is an admission of defeat. In 2008, the Israel section began with a rousing declaration of American leadership: “For more than three decades, Israelis, Palestinians, Arab leaders, and the rest of the world have looked to America to lead the effort to build the road to a secure and lasting peace.”
Now there’s no such statement. And for good reason: Today the world no longer looks to America to lead a peace process. From Europe to Turkey to Egypt, America’s current and former allies have largely given up on the U.S.-led peace process, and the 2012 platform is yet more evidence that the Obama administration has essentially given up on it too…
Team Obama is all but acknowledging that in a second term, the two state solution will be an afterthought.
Here’s Wexler’s red-meat speech, or part of it captured by CSPAN. Wexler says Obama recognizes Israel as a “Jewish state,” and he slights Palestinians with one reference at the end, while talking endlessly about Iran, trying to outflank Republicans from the right. (Camera cuts to Jesse Jackson at 4:30!)