“We are indignant that certain Middle Eastern leaders have discarded the principle of direct negotiations between the sovereign nation of Israel and the Palestinian leadership. And we are equally indignant that the Obama administration’s Middle East policy of appeasement has encouraged such an ominous act of bad faith.”
— Advance remarks of Texas Gov. Rick Perry in New York on the Palestinian bid for statehood.
President Obama is trying to simultaneously shore up his sliding stature with Jewish-Americans and retain his status as one of the leading proponents of the ongoing uprisings in the Middle East, even as the movement proves perilous for Israel.
That’s a tight corner to turn.
Obama, in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, is trying to avoid having to veto a bid by the Palestinian Authority for full statehood through the use of procedural maneuvering and shuttle diplomacy between the hostile leaders of the Arab proto-state and Israel.