In politics and diplomacy, things do not happen by accident. So it is no coincidence that on Monday Israel, on the eve of the vote that will determine the new U.S. president, said “clearly and unambiguously” that it opposes the international conference on the Middle East that France intends to organize before the end of the year in Paris.
Negotiator Yitzhak Molcho and National Security Advisor Yaakov Nagel explained to the French emissary, Pierre Vimont, that “Israel will not participate in any international conference to be convened in conflict with its positions,” that any true progress in the peace process and the achievement of an agreement could be achieved only through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority” and that “any different initiative does nothing but alienate the region from that process.”
The post-Obama period has already begun for Israel. With the dry “No” that Molcho and Nagel gave France, Prime Minister Netanyahu has sent Trump and Clinton a very clear message: He torpedoed the Paris conference and prevented a last-ditch effort by the outgoing president. For some time there have been rumors of Obama’s cold revenge for the humiliation he was inflicted by the Israeli prime minister when in March 2015 he harangued the U.S. Congress against the administration’s nuclear deal under negotiation with Iran and the constant use of the many friends of Israel at the top of the U.S. political institutions against the White House’s policy.