Why Is He Fixated on Bubbe’s House Addition?

Charles Krauthammer, like many slack-jawed observers, notes that Obama’s “don’t dictate” rule applies to every country on the planet and every issue except Israel and its West Bank and Jerusalem settlements. And to compound the double standard, the administration refuses to announce whether it will abide by the 2004 U.S. letter of understanding confirming this would be a final status issue. (I think we can assume the U.S. is not keeping its end of that bargain; hence the haranguing.) Krauthammer writes:

The entire “natural growth” issue is a concoction. Is the peace process moribund because a teacher in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem is making an addition to her house to accommodate new grandchildren? It is perverse to make this the center point of the peace process at a time when Gaza is run by Hamas terrorists dedicated to permanent war with Israel and when Mahmoud Abbas, having turned down every one of Ehud Olmert’s peace offers, brazenly declares that he is in a waiting mode — waiting for Hamas to become moderate and for Israel to cave — before he’ll do anything to advance peace.

This of course is not helpful in the least if one fantasizes about a peace process. But neither is Obama’s lackadaisical attitude toward Iran’s nuclear ambitions helpful if one wants to pursue nonproliferation and encourage risk-taking for peace. Forget Israel for a moment; aren’t the Arab states now rushing to figure out how to match Iran in a new, lethal arms race?

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