President Barack Obama's comment that Israel has a promising negotiating partner in Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is a "fantasy," says Caroline Glick, senior contributing editor of the Jerusalem Post.
"It is fantasy land, and it's also deliberately misleading because the only way that you can say such things about Abbas is if you completely . . . ignore everything that he has said and has done for the past 40 years," Glick told The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"Even if he was a man of good will, which he is not . . . he wouldn’t have the power to implement peace with Israel," she said Tuesday.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Obama said Abbas “is sincere about his willingness to recognize Israel and its right to exist.”
Glick, author of the new book "The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East,"
published by Crown Forum, doesn't believe it.
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On Monday during a meeting at the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Obama he would never compromise on Israel's security, despite pressure to engage in Middle East peace talks.
That stance is perfectly understandable amid Obama's veiled warning that it would be harder for Washington to defend Israel against efforts to isolate it internationally if U.S.-led peace talks fizzled, Glick said.
"It is unprecedented from an American president, and it's not just that he double-downed on what [Secretary of State John] Kerry said," Glick said.
"He gave an explicit threat to Israel. He said, 'We're not going to protect you, we're not going to defend you' .... That is a world turned upside-down."
Glick said the two-state solution being pushed on Israel cannot work.
"It's a lie, and it's based upon completely ignoring the fact that the Palestinians could have had a state anytime they wanted to since 1937 but have rejected it. They're not interested in the state. They're interested in destroying Israel," she said.
"What I do in my book is I set out a policy alternative to this lie, which is a state of Israel. What Israel should do is apply its laws to the West Bank and grant the Palestinians of those areas full civil rights as permanent residents of Israel.
"[They should] grant them the ability to apply for Israeli citizenship and forget this whole nonsense about a Palestinian state, whose only purpose in existing is to be yet another base of attacks against Israel, whose aim is the ultimate destruction of Israel."
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