By Andrew Lappin, Continue reading in The Hill
pening stale merchandise is never pleasant. According to the JTA, the discarded shell of the once left-leaning Israel Policy Forum (IPF), has been “re-floated” in the guise of a centrist think tank to be manned by “pro-Israel heavyweights” Alan Solow, Robert Sugarman, Susie Gelman, Robert Elman and Robert Goodkind. Solow in particular has visited the White House on close to 80 occasions over the last seven years.
The purpose of this clever tactic is to reintroduce the Obama administration’s ill-conceived plan for restarting the peace process by requiring Israel to partition Jerusalem and to unilaterally relinquish control of strategically sensitive areas in Judea and Samaria. Customarily, J Street would have been used by the administration for such distasteful work, but J Street’s credibility as a legitimate source of Jewish opinion has been irreversibly discredited. Hence, the warmed-over plan for concession will be introduced through the IPF portal, garbed deceptively as representing the opinion of mainstream Jewry. Aside from the fact that the entire Mideast is unraveling and the Palestinians are behaving more demonically than ever, this wholly inappropriate gesture has been justifiably rejected on three previous occasions by the Israeli government, despite the application of unyielding pressure by the U.S. At present, the vast majority of the Israeli public, especially within the context of the ongoing wave of Palestinian “terror by knife” and the recent murder of 4 Israelis in Tel Aviv, rejects any such unilateral Israeli concession that would increase Israel’s defensive burden by ceding control of any of Israel’s strategic assets. With national security concerns at the top of the ticket, American public opinion would broadly concur in that position.