(For those who haven’t heard, the web site Wikileaks has a dump of almost 250,000 internal US diplomatic cables, often containing frank diplomatic assessments of foreign leaders and the results of foreign diplomatic meetings.)
It would be nice to solely blame Obama for the current US – Israel diplomatic situation. But the exposed leaks from Wikileak begin to paint a picture of an Official US Diplomatic Policy to isolate and weaken Israel going back into the Bush administration (and maybe earlier). The main change in the Obama administration seems to be putting it up front on the table instead of sneaking it around behind the back.
The US diplomatic corp has it’s own interest and maintaining positive relations with Israel clearly isn’t one of them.
Confidential Diplomatic Cable from the US Consulate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
SUBJECT: UNDER SECRETARY BURNS' JANUARY 23 (2007) MEETING WITH UAE VICE
PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER AND DUBAI RULER MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL
9.(C) Israel/Palestinians: United States Undersecretary of State Burns stressed that the US believes progress between Israel and the Palestinians toward peace is central to regional stability, and supports the creation of a Palestinian state. This would be "the best thing," Prime Minister Mohammad bin Rashid al Maktoum replied; a peace deal would make radical groups like HAMAS "everyone's enemy". Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas should be supported, particularly since HAMAS is funded by Iran. Prime Minister Mohammad bin Rashid al Maktoum noted UAE assistance was again flowing to the Palestinians, although it had been suspended for a time because of corruption concerns. United States Undersecretary of State Burns said the US is careful to ensure its assistance is going to the Palestinian people, rather than the HAMAS government, and is confident in the assistance mechanisms now in place.
To summarize (nothing particularly damning), the US believes that Middle East stability is completely based on the Palestinian situation (not Iran, not Al Qaeda, not the Taliban or insurgents in Yemen or Kurdish uprisings against Iran and Turkey, nor inter-ethnic strife in Lebanon, or the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, but the Palestinians) and the US is certain that Hamas isn’t getting any of the hundreds of millions of dollars the United States provides to the Palestinian Authority and directly as US Aid projects yearly. (Hahaha choke gag gasp cry.)