Will o’ the Wisp

If you go out into a swamp at night, you might see a strange flickering light, in the distance, the will o’ the wisp. This light recedes if approached, and according to folklore, if you follow it, it will lead you to the deepest parts of the swamp and leave you stuck in a quagmire.

U. S. Presidents have followed the will o’ the wisp, since at least Nixon. Each president has followed the ghostly light and wound up stuck in the mud. The reason for this is quite simple. In order to have peace, both sides must want peace, and the Muslims do not want a peace that includes the continued existence of Israel.

Now, Obama has decided to go into the swamp, in a particularly foolish and amateurish way. He has essentially taken the Palestinians’ side and demanded that Israel withdraw to its borders of 1967.

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is endorsing the Palestinians’ demand for their future state to be based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, in a move that will likely infuriate Israel. Israel says the borders of a Palestinian state have to be determined through negotiations.

In a speech outlining U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa, Obama on Thursday sided with the Palestinians’ opening position a day ahead of a visit to Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

This is not going to work. Whatever anyone may think of the Arab-Israeli situation, the fact of the matter is that Israel will not withdraw to borders it considers indefensible, without some guarantee that the Palestinians will refrain from further attacks. Since the Palestinian leadership has repeatedly shown that they cannot be trusted to keep their word, there is just no way Israel can or will withdraw back to the 1967 borders, and no amount of bullying from the Obama administration can make them.

Also, by endorsing the Palestinians demands, he has placed the Palestinians in a bad position. They can’t back down or accept less than their first demands, even if they were interested in making concessions. I’m afraid Obama will be lost in the swamp now.

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