This visit which Abbas made to Washington had long been talked about and anticipated. Thus it seems to me that what emerged was a calculated provocation by the American side towards the Israelis:
The Americans are basically saying to Jews, we do not need you any more. We need the following
1. We need Britain and the EU. We need to mend fences after Iraq. We need to repay Blair over Iraq. We need to satisfy the bloodlust of the British anti-Semitic establishment hounds. See other articles on Britain and on the Anglicans adjacent to this one on this site.
2. We need you Islamists and we need you Arabs, Bush and Rice are telling the world. Bush and Rice are saying WE WILL SACRIFICE ONCE MORE the jews. There is a replay going on here and the replay is of the 1930s and in place of the nazis we really have the US, the EU and the Islamists.
3. The US is saying to Israel, we certainly do not need you, never did, and we will rule that gigantic part of the world along with the Islamists. They say “hit Israel with all you have, only the deal is, leave us in Europe and in the US alone”. Jews are the scapegoat of the world.
That is what the rose garden was all about…or at least that is how it seems to me. I reprint the following excerpts from Israpundit (Felix Quigley)
AMERICA AND ISRAEL - UTTER BETRAYAL
Following are excerpts from Bush's Rose Garden speech, 2005_05_26. The first excerpt concerns the demands made on Israel - essentially, an order to commit suicide. Next are the paragraphs that spell out the demands made on Arafat II.
1. Bush's demands on Israel
Israel must continue to take steps toward a peaceful future, and work with the Palestinian leadership to improve the daily lives of Palestinians, especially their humanitarian situation. Israel should not undertake any activity that contravenes road map obligations or prejudice final status negotiations with regard to Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem.
Therefore, Israel must remove unauthorized outposts and stop settlement expansion. The barrier being erected by Israel as a part of its security effort must be a security, rather than political, barrier. And its route should take into account, consistent with security needs, its impact on Palestinians not engaged in terrorist activities. As we make progress toward security, and in accordance with the road map, Israeli forces should withdraw to their positions on September the 28th, 2000.
Any final status agreement must be reached between the two parties, and changes to the 1949 Armistice lines must be mutually agreed to. A viable two-state solution must ensure contiguity of the West Bank, and a state of scattered territories will not work. There must also be meaningful linkages between the West Bank and Gaza.
This is the position of the United States today, it will be the position of the United States at the time of final status negotiations.
2. Bush's demands on Arafat II
There is a good reason why no quotation follows this heading: Bush made no such demands. No demand to bring to justice the murderers of the two US officials [Oct 15, 2003], no demands to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure. In fact the only implicit demand is that Arafat II accept a $50 million cheque.
Shame on Bush, shame.
Reference: The quoted paragraphs are taken from the official White House site.