The Obama administration told the Palestinian Authority it cannot significantly help advance a Palestinian state until after the 2012 presidential elections, a top PA official told WND.
The official, however, said the U.S. will press for a Palestinian state quickly if President Obama is re-elected.
“The main message we received from the U.S. is that nothing will happen in a serious way before the 2012 elections,” said the official.
The PA official said Obama “will not accept the Palestinian request of a state at the (U.N.) Security Council and cannot help on the ground for now.”
“We were told to wait for Obama’s reelection, and that before then nothing serious will happen for a state,” the official continued. “But after the reelection, the U.S. said the schedule will be short to reach a Palestinian state.”
Obama’s policies toward Israel have been highlighted in local and national campaigns, with many Democrats fearing voters will oppose them due to the perception the president is anti-Israel.
Obama’s treatment of Israel was a significant issue in the recent election of Republican Bob Turner to former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s seat in a district that had not elected a GOP candidate since 1923.
Also, presidential contenders such as Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., have been strongly criticizing Obama on Israel.