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MK Katz Rips Netanyahu for Obama Nuclear Decision

MK Katz: US support for nuclear call in which Israel is the only country mentioned by name is a personal slap in the face to PM Netanyahu.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 5/30/2010, 2:57 PM / Last Update: 5/30/2010, 3:15 PM

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MK Yaakov Katz says the United States' support for the latest nuclear non-proliferation call in which Israel is the only country mentioned by name is a personal slap in the face to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Many observers were surprised by the support tendered for the Arab-backed United Nations initiative by the United States, under the leadership of President Barak Obama. The plan calls for a conference in 2012 that would lead to the establishment of a nuclear-free Middle East. The U.S. position on the matter is a complete turnabout from its policy under George Bush and his predecessors.

Israel rejected the call, which singles out "the importance of Israel's accession to the ”non-proliferation treaty - yet does not mention Iran at all. Israel called the latest initiative "deeply flawed and hypocritical," decried the lack of mention of Iran "which is racing to develop nuclear weapons and which openly threatens to wipe Israel off the map," and said it would not take part in the conference.

Obama's Hypocrisy
Displaying fancy footwork, Obama proceeded to criticize the NPT meeting's focus on Israel right after his delegation voted in its favor. Analysts noted that this was outright hypocrisy on Obama's part, and that the resolution was nothing less than American betrayal of Israel and its security.

Netanyahu's Haplessness
It is known that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tried in recent weeks to convince the U.S. government not to support the bid, yet to no avail. MK Yaakov Katz, head of the National Union party, said Netanyahu should wage a “personal accounting” regarding this and other moves he has taken of late in order to appease the U.S. president.

Katz's Criticism
Katz mentioned three far-reaching decisions taken by Netanyahu over the past 18 months that have “led to the current situation.” In Katz’s words, the three are:

  1. The declaration of acceptance of the two-state solution in the 28-mile strip between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.
  2. The racist construction freeze decree imposed only on the 350,000 Jews living in Judea and Samaria.
  3. The de- facto construction freeze in Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.
Katz said that these decisions will not actually be implemented but have merely shown Netanyahu to be weak in the face of Obama’s pressure: “There will not be two states, because the Jewish nation does not want it, and also because there are 650,000 Jews in the lands liberated in the Six-Day War [including Jerusalem]; building in Judea and Samaria and in Jerusalem will continue at full strength, in keeping with the population growth of between 6-10 percent a year – double the rate of the rest of the country; Jerusalem will remain united and will grow.”

Katz, the most vocal of Netanyahu’s critics in the Knesset, said, “The only one who will be truly hurt by the above will be Netanyahu himself, who failed three times in making fateful decisions that, as I said, will change nothing. It is very sad that Netanyahu, as a Jewish diplomat, has learned nothing from Jewish history, which shows that in the face of hostility and a desire to harm us, it does not help to sell out on our principles. Abandoning the people and the land will not appease Obama, who sends his court-Jew Rahm Emanuel and then invites him [Netanyahu] to another round of humiliation.”

Obama has invited Netanyahu to meet with him in Washington this Tuesday, following Netanyahu’s latest visit to the American capital two months ago. It was then that Obama humiliated Netanyahu by refusing to be seen with him in public or to dine with him. Obama was roundly criticized in the U.S., but the damage to Netanyahu and Israel had been done in the eyes of the Arab world.

“The American policies towards Israel are not very affectionate, to put it mildly,” Katz said. “It is too bad that Netanyahu was not favored with the diplomatic wisdom of King David, Samson or even of Jabotinsky, Ben-Gurion and Shamir, who understand that in Jewish diplomacy there are rules that go beyond the rules of regular diplomacy.”