While rockets hit Jerusalem, Obama official blames Israel
While bombs were falling on Israel Tuesday, a top Obama official blasted Israel for denying Palestinians sovereignty, security, and dignity — seeming to side with the terrorists.
Obama official blames Israel
‘How can Israel have peace if it’s unwilling to delineate a border, end the occupation?’ asked White House Mideast chief, Phillip Gordon, in a “blistering” Tel Aviv speech, as the bombs fell.
In an unusually harsh major foreign policy address, Philip Gordon, a special assistant to US President Barack Obama and the White House coordinator for the Middle East, appealed to Israeli and Palestinian leaders to make the compromises needed to reach a permanent peace agreement. Jerusalem “should not take for granted the opportunity to negotiate” such a treaty with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who has proven to be a reliable partner, Gordon said.
“Israel confronts an undeniable reality: It cannot maintain military control of another people indefinitely. Doing so is not only wrong but a recipe for resentment and recurring instability,” Gordon said. “It will embolden extremists on both sides, tear at Israel’s democratic fabric and feed mutual dehumanization.”
Delivering the keynote address at the Haaretz newspaper’s Israel Conference on Peace, Gordon reiterated Obama’s position that a final-status agreement should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed land swaps.
Israel blasted rocket sites Tuesday night and massed troops in response to the Hamas attacks. Bloomberg:
The missiles aimed at Israel’s biggest cities yesterday were among some 160 rockets fired from Gaza, prompting air raid sirens across the country while causing little damage. Most fell in open fields or were shot down by Israel’s “Iron Dome” defense system, police said. Israel yesterday struck around 160 targets in Gaza, while cabinet ministers authorized the call-up of 40,000 reservists.