Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
The significant shift in
U.S.policy toward and the peace process, which has been evident in comments from various members of the Obama Administration and has now been confirmed by the president himself in his press conference at the Nuclear Israel SecuritySummit, is deeply distressing. Saying that the absence of a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict undermines U.S.interests in the broader Middle Eastand the larger issue of resolving other conflicts is a faulty strategy. It is an incorrect approach on which to base America's foreign policy in the Middle East and its relationship with its longtime friend and ally, . Israel
ADL has long expressed its concern from the very beginning of the Obama Administration about advisers to the president who see the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a major impediment to achieving the administration's foreign policy and military goals in the wider region. The net effect of this dangerous thinking is to shift responsibility for success of American foreign policy away from
Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Egyptand directly onto . It is particularly disturbing in light of the blatantly disproportionate number and the nature of statements issued by this administration criticizing Israel as compared to what has been said about the Palestinians. Israel
The best way to move the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians forward is for all parties to demand that the Palestinians abandon their tactic of "just saying no" and insist that the rest of the Arab world move toward normalization relations with Israel.