Two wrongs don't make a right.
I disagree. But my point there was that it is wrong to act like Israel are "the bad guys" when in reality the Palestinians are even worse.
The settlements are clearly losing propositions for Israel. Why should they pursue policies that are clearly not in their overall self interest?
There are a couple reasons.
First, the Palestinians may well refuse to ever make peace. In that case, the Israelis would like to use the land.
And second, the halt to settlement construction is supposed to be one of the steps in phase one of the Roadmap For Peace. It is supposed to be negotiated in exchange for like concessions from the Palestinians.
What Obama is demanding is that even before negotiations begin, the Palestinians be given a major concession for free.
And if we ever actually get to phase one of the Roadmap, what happens when the Palestinians find that they are giving more concessions than the Israelis? Because if the Palestinians get the halt to settlement construction ahead of time for free, that step will no longer be available for Israel to give as a concession in exchange for the Palestinian steps.
Will the Palestinians demand that some other Israeli concession be added in to phase one so that it is balanced again? Will they demand that they skip some of their own steps in phase one so that they are not giving more concessions than Israel is?
And what happens the next time the Palestinians demand a departure from the Roadmap and Obama caves to them? Is Israel expected to give in to that one as well? And the time after that?
Does Israel have any rights to demand their own departures from the Roadmap? After all, Israel are the ones who tried to offer a fair deal back in 2000-2001, and the Palestinians are the ones who collapsed the negotiations by sending wave after wave of suicide bombers to murder Israeli children. It seems that if anyone has the right to demand better treatment, it is the Israelis, not the Palestinians.
If I were Netanyahu, I'd give Obama the finger and tell him not to call back until he is ready to respect the Roadmap.
(Actually, if I were Netanyahu, given the way he was treated at the White House, I'd give Obama the finger and tell him not to call back until he was ready to respect the Roadmap and agreed to lick the bottom of my shoes live on Israeli TV. But it is possible that I'm more of a hothead than Netanyahu is.)