This is rich. Having perfectly positioned himself throughout the Obama administration as the official journalist of the organized Jewish community– and gaining access to the Oval Office on that basis on repeated occasions — Jeffrey Goldberg is lining his ducks up for a Clinton administration. In an Atlantic article, he nominates Bill Clinton as the savior of the two-state solution.
The status-mongerer even dangles a Nobel Prize, saying that Bill Clinton can get a Nobel finally if he only gets on the issue. “Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, and Barack Obama—all… are recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. Exclusion from this group cannot please such a competitive man.”
In another signal that Goldberg has access to the Israel lobby and all its money and influence, the only person Goldberg quotes is Dennis Ross, the battleaxe of the peace process, who tells Goldberg that it’s unfinished business for Clinton. Dennis Ross apparently wants to become a secretary of state. Though he slipped up by asserting in a NY synagogue that American Jews “need to be advocates” for Israel and not for Palestinians. No wonder they called Ross Israel’s lawyer.
Speaking of which, Goldberg’s article contains the usual misrepresentation of Clinton’s Camp David talks 16 years ago (!) as a giant missed opportunity for those obstructionist Palestinians. But it was a lousy offer, as confirmed by the fact that the offer a few months later was more generous; and Israel’s obstruction on Jerusalem was a deal-breaker.
The article is filled with qualifiers about the former president, future-Nobel Prize winner:
One salient assumption is that the Bill Clinton of today remains the Bill Clinton of 16 years ago. Clinton has just turned 70, and he has seemed, from time to time on the campaign trail, wan and unfocused. Peace negotiations require, as a prerequisite, large reservoirs of stamina. So his capacities are worth questioning…
Goldberg does note– now that it doesn’t matter anymore– that Benjamin Netanyahu manipulated the American government successfully:
The next Middle East peace negotiator will need to win the trust of the Israelis, and to fend off attacks by the Israeli right. Obama failed at this; Bill Clinton could succeed. It is a cliché in Israel to say that if Bill Clinton ran for prime minister, he would win easily. Benjamin Netanyahu’s manipulations won’t work as easily on him as they did on Obama.
Goldberg is saying that Netanyahu used the influence and donations of the Israel lobby to stymie Obama on his efforts to curb Israeli expansion and intransigence. But Clinton has the lobby in her pocket, because they trust her. Now he tells us.