Obama relayed a pledge to Saudi King Abdullah thathe would take any measure to ensure an Israeli withdrawalrom the West Bank and Jerusalem over the next 18 months.They said Obama relayed the pledge to Abdullah during thepresident’s trip to Riyadh in June 2009, about our monthsater he assumed ofce, in exchange or Abdullah’s help toarrange or the end o the Taliban war in Aghanistan.
A high-level military source in Jerusalem told me that ater Israeldestroys Iran’s nuclear program, the Arab world would demand Israel’s landas an appeasement oering. He said that President Obama would accommo-date them with the support o the Quartet (the U.S., UN, EU, and Russia.)It seems that Obama’s policy toward the Saudis and Israel was estab-lished in January 2009, on the heels o his inauguration. The president sentRichard Holbrook, a special envoy, to Saudi Arabia to urge the king to assistwith the eort to secure a withdrawal rom Aghanistan and to insure Israel’syover rights. In other words, Obama is willing to sell Israel down the riverin exchange or King Abdullah reducing the unds given to the Taliban in Aghanistan. The Saudis would deny this, o course, (plausible deniability)should Israel bomb Iran’s nuclear sites. Abdullah, smelling an opportunity to wrest control o Jerusalem and the West Bank rom the Israelis, tied his assistance directly to Washington’s adop-tion o the Saudi plan or an Arab-Israeli settlement. The proposal calls orIsrael’s withdrawal to 1967 borders, a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem asits capital, and the right o return or Palestinian reugees to Israel.The president’s Cairo speech ollowed his visit to Saudi Arabia or anaudience with King Abdullah. During his initial meeting with the monarchin April 2009, the president bowed to the Saudi king, an unprecedentedmove by a U.S. head o state. While in Saudi Arabia in June 2009, the kingpresented Obama with a weighty gold chain representative o the highesthonor bestowed.
How has Obama’s pledge to King Abdullah affected the U.S. relation-ship with Israel? Detrimentally! Since cuddling up to the king, the Obama
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