We’re back on our regular schedule this week, with the promise of an additional show some time tomorrow to round out the month. Today’s top story – after we get through the opening segment and what promises to be a barn burner of an Iran segment – is Cameron’s anti-Western, anti-Israel obsequiousness in Ankara. He went there, he described a Palestinian territory with a gigantic mall and a higher standard of living than Turkey as “a prison camp,” and then he openly groveled. I can’t decide if the money line was “this is a vital strategic relationship for our country” or “Turkey shares our determination to fight terrorism in all its forms,” but in any case the sun has pretty much set on the British Empire. Bummer.
Also in the queue: the stubborn refusal of the Obama administration, in the face of some pretty compelling evidence, to recognize that the Palestinians aren’t interested in making peace with the Jewish State. Apparently the White House is still promising erstwhile Arab allies that Israel can and will be strong-armed into further concessions, from which will emerge such a fount of irrepressible good will that the Palestinians will simply have to come to the negotiating table. It’s an asinine theory that flies in the face of the last 18 months of peacemaking – and probably of the last 15 years of peacemaking – to say nothing of “what you’d learn if you listened to Palestinian sermons.” But at least it involves degrading Israel’s military and diplomatic posture. So it’s not a total loss.
Regardless, we’re back on our regular schedule today. That means you can tune in live to One Jerusalem Radio’s Omri Ceren Show at 6:30pm either by going to the main show page or by visiting the page for this evening’s episode. The chat room and switchboard will of course both be open. Official blurb:
Omri covers the last few weeks of Middle East diplomacy, from Britain’s base appeasement of Turkey to the Obama administration’s continued refusal to acknowledge the reality of Palestinian intransigence. These gambits have predictably done little to stabilize the region, and have instead emboldened Iran and its allies into further provocations. Certainly Cameron’s smears against the UK’s ally Israel, delivered in a Muslim capital where Nazi-style propaganda has become mainstream, utterly failed to peel Turkey away from the Iranian orbit. Meanwhile the White House continues to promise Arab allies that it can leverage additional concessions, even as the Palestinians continue to set newer and more unrealistic demands as preconditions for direct negotiations.
The opening segment will either be about how Goldstone doesn’t know what he’s talking about or about how Obama doesn’t know what he’s talking about or about both. Since it’s going to be a they just don’t know stuff rant – which is kind of a theme around these parts – the likelihood is not low that it’ll be both.
* Iran defies fresh EU sanctions [Xinhua]
* David Cameron must not follow Barack Obama’s failed foreign policy [Telegraph]
* Gaza Mall – the video! [Elder of Ziyon]
* Humanitarian Situation in Turkey Worse than Gaza [Daily Alert]
* How Not to Conduct Diplomacy: A Case Study: UK PM in Turkey [Rubin Reports]
* Britain Losing 52 Pubs Per Week [Mere Rhetoric]
* Abbas seeks Arab backing to nix talks [JPost]
* ‘Egypt received assurances from US on direct peace talks’ [JPost]
* Anglo Appeasement [One Jerusalem Radio's Omri Ceren Show]
* Goldstone: Asymmetric legal warfare [Elder of Ziyon]
* Why Israelis distrust Obama [NY Post]
* He Misspoke: Biden’s Obnoxiously Smug Assertion About Hezbollah Was Actually An Aggressively Stupid Policy About Syria (Plus: They Just Don’t Know Stuff) [Mere Rhetoric]
* Four Theories Why Obama Is Throwing Britain Under The Bus [Mere Rhetoric]