“He has to placate the Israel lobby in the US because they determine who gets elected in the US,” Jones, who is the editor of Culture Wars magazine continued.
Jones described how Israeli lobbyists turned against Obama when he visited Egypt in the early days of his presidency with the goal of opening a new chapter in relations with the Islamic world.
He called Obama's Thursday speech, in which he said the borders of Israel and a future Palestinian state should be based on the 1967 borders, “a dramatic proposal” that no US president has made so far.
“He [Obama] was sort of left behind by the whole Arab spring uprising and now he is trying to get in front of the situation by what, I think, is a dramatic proposal,” he said.
However, the speech provoked an immediate response from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is opposed to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders.
Potential Republican challengers to Obama in the 2012 presidential election also accused him of “betraying” key ally Israel by pushing it to make a peace agreement with the Palestinians. Jones said the recent developments in the Middle East and the Arab world have put the Israelis on the “defensive” and have turned the tide in favor of the Palestinians.
“Palestinians are now negotiating from some position of strength… the change in Egypt's policy… also the Palestinian unity government have put the Israelis on the defensive,” he added. “They [the Israelis] are disunited and the Palestinians are united and the Arab world is standing behind the Palestinians,” he said in conclusion.