Hilde Henriksen Waage – the mono thematic professor who has been let out of her dusty cupboard to moan about Israel

She has been very quiet for an awfully long time, this professor of history – maybe she has tried to tally the steadily growing pile of bodies in Syria but ran out on numbers, or maybe she just wants to get some free marketing for a book she has written. Whatever, no prizes for guessing that her only remedy is to bash Israel. Can somebody please point her back to her dusty cupboard, until she realizes that the more pressing issues are not in Israel but in the many surrounding states, e.g Syria on which topic she has had preciously little to contribute with as the corpses pile up. Alternatively, can somebody buy her a ticket to Gaza, it has sort of gone tits up there after her very bright analysis of Hamas on Norwegian TV in 2006: Hamas is the closest you get to the (Norwegian) Christian Democratic Party and the Norwegian Laymen’s Movement. Or she can try Tahrir square for the unmatchable combination of brutal repression and rampant sexual harassment.

lifted from nrk.no (very bad google translate job)

 

Obama and the Middle East – what now?

Tuesday, it was announced that President Obama heads to Israel in March. He could use “money and weapons” and put them as a condition for Israel to change its policy. But will he do it, asks Hilde Henriksen Waage.

Professor of History. Having recently released book “Conflict and power politics in the Middle East”
Hilde Henriksen Waage

On 20. January 2009, Barak Obama was inaugurated as the new president of USA. What was the newly elected president plan to do with the increasingly hopeless relationship between Israel and the Palestinians? Would – and could – Obama help create peace in the Middle East?

The President was certainly very aggressively out, to many people’s surprise: It “will be the policy of my administration to actively and aggressively seek a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and between Israel and its Arab neighbors,” Obama said two days after the inauguration. Obama really wanted to highlight that his Middle East policy was different than the previous Bush administration. The newly elected president stretched out a conciliatory hand to the Muslim world.

The differences could not have been greater

In Israel, however, the right-wing government of Binyamin Netanyahu came to power in the elections of February 2009. The gap in political attitudes between the new administration in Washington and the new government in Jerusalem could hardly have been greater. Netanyahu was not at all interested in resolving the conflict with the Palestinians. For him, the Iran at the top of the agenda. Obama would in turn that Israel should stop building new settlements in the West Bank.
But that Netanyahu refused to accommodate. He put in place in time a new, ambitious resettlement program in both the West Bank and East Jerusalem. He and his government did not want a Palestinian state. After a massive American pressure went anyway with Netanyahu to halt settlement construction for ten months. An important exception, however, was made for East Jerusalem, where development continued unabated.

As long as not all development was stopped, refused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to enter negotiations with the Israelis. An exasperated President Obama in January, 2010, after only one year in the White House, stating that his government had “overestimated its ability to persuade them”, ie Israel and the Palestinians. “If we realized this before,” Obama continued, “we would not have created such high expectations.”

A dream shattered
Obama then lowered the requirement to Israel and was satisfied that Netanyahu offered to halt construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank – which was already half a million Jewish settlers – to September 2010. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas went after this with to resume talks with Israel, but not face to face in direct negotiations, which had been the standard since the Oslo process started in 1993.
It was now recognized “indirect talks”, led by the U.S. special envoy George Mitchell, who was commuting between Jerusalem and Ramallah and deliver opinions. In Washington, the program with indirect negotiations portrayed as a great victory, though in reality it was taking many steps back. But Obama was happy, and he sent Vice President Joe Biden to the Middle East to highlight the progress of the so-called peace process.

But there the mood had now become explosive. The Israeli government had since it took office in March 2009, stepped up construction of Jewish settlements sharply, particularly in densely populated Palestinian areas in East Jerusalem. To accommodate all the new settlements, the government had also decided to demolish the old Palestinian houses in the area. Not only that Palestinians their houses being destroyed. They also dream of a Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, being crushed in the process.

Obama was playing checkmate
In the midst of Vice President Joe Bidens visit, announced the Israeli government that 1,600 new homes would be built in East Jerusalem. The timing could not have been less well chosen. Or maybe the timing just was well chosen set of Israeli eyes?
For a year, the Obama administration had tried to revive peace talks, and the Americans’ main demands had been halt the expansion of settlements. After the United States had finally yielded to Israel’s intransigence and accepted a resolution that entailed suspension for ten months, the Israelis tightened the screw further and highlighted emphatically who it was who decided over war and peace in the Middle East. Abbas resigned immediately from the indirect talks. Obama was playing checkmate of Israel.

Then it was over to President Obama’s attempt to “actively and aggressively” to contribute to peace. In reality lasted peace talks this year alone. The indirect peace talks were resumed admittedly, but nothing came out of them.

It was wrong to try
To improve relations between the U.S. and Israel, Israel received $ 205 million in additional military aid – in addition to the annual three billion they receive from the U.S.. In July 2010, Netanyahu visited Washington, and this time the tone was completely different than before. Obama assured Netanyahu that “the U.S. will not ask Israel to do anything that undermines its security.” U.S. and Israel had in fact “unbreakable” ties. The conclusion of Obama’s advisers was not that the U.S. should get tougher with Israel in new peace talks, but that it was a mistake by Obama to be tried in the first place.

Israel had been successful on both counts, the Palestinians had lost. A two-state solution with Israel and Palestine side by side was farther than ever, a separate Palestinian state equally. While the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians was worse and Palestinian territory shrinking, Obama turned the attention completely away from the Middle East. U.S. President had nothing else to do than to contribute to the American policy that would probably cost him his job in the White House.

Taking the money and weapons, ignoring the advice

What will Obama do in his second presidential term? Will he re-embark on the deadlocked conflict between Israel and the Palestinians? He will no longer be re-elected. Does this make him a bigger space? Maybe. But all the obstacles that destroyed for Obama’s peace offensive in his first term, is still present. Also rumored in Jerusalem that Obama has a poor relationship with Prime Minister Netanyahu that he again will try out a new peace offensive.

As U.S. President Obama still has big muscles. He could use “money and weapons” and put them as a condition for Israel to change its policy. But will he do it? Will Obama try again? And what will the Israelis do?

Israel’s former defense minister Moshe Dayan summed up how he and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir as the relationship to the United States in the following manner: “America gives us weapons, money and advice. We welcome your weapons, we’ll take the money, and we ignore the advice. ”

There is little evidence that this attitude has changed significantly in Israel that Obama is now embarking on his second presidential term in the White House.

15 comments for “Hilde Henriksen Waage – the mono thematic professor who has been let out of her dusty cupboard to moan about Israel

  1. : )
    February 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    First of all Obama and Netanyahu are only front figuers of a political group. I wonder if this is something NRK has made for NRK super (children news) where they explain everything in very easy language and easy pictures so that the children can sleep well.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGscoaUWW2M

  2. herbert deutsch
    February 6, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    What else is new; another idiot pontificates on why all is the fault of Israel

  3. February 6, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    “America gives us weapons, money and advice. We welcome your weapons, we’ll take the money, and we ignore the advice. ”

    I’d like to see a source for this quote. Googling the quote as is brings up only this blogpost. I’m pretty sure it is a distorted statement. These anti-Israel types can only thrive on lies and distortions. Dealing with facts and verifiable historical records confuses them too much.

  4. : )
    February 7, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Noga,
    her in Norway we say that equal children plays best. After the 2 ww there has been made an in and out group her in Norway. Some can make a joake and we all start to laugh because we know they are just joaking. But there is also a group of people that stand up for each other more than one like to think about. Martin on this forum has a lot of information I never would dream to even read. I would much more read the Bible everyday insted. Personally I don’t think humanity has anything to do with religion just once sosial IQ. And its very easy to test one self if one has to much or to littel of empaty for other humans. Just ask your family and best friends. When people tell me that they have to do something I always ask if they do it because they think they have to or because they can. We all can do a lot of things love, hate, lie. If we do something because we can we can stop. When we do things because we have to we need people that accept us as we are and help us into a new direction. In this conflict we lack 100% groups that care about the humans and want to help the Israeli and Palestines to stop doing what they have to. To reveng to keep on to what one sad ore what they believed one sad.
    The one that has the see this are all that stands around and shout for more blood more pain so that their dreams of global war and chaos can come. My way to face this is to show everyday that I can coroporate with people I have nothing in common with because I’m human and I have empaty. Are there anymore humans out there ready to say give us a peace solution end the fights? Or are there just cold hearts that just do what they have to? We all have a option and we all can do something!

  5. Martin
    February 7, 2013 at 3:49 am

    norwegian, there can only be peace if and when the two (or more) opposing sides want it badly enough. there again, what sort of peace do you mean?
    Norway and Israel are at peace militarily, but when we look at all these idiots pontificating their hate towards the Jews generally and Israel in particular, is that a peace you really want? It is just about two nations not being at war directly.
    The old exppression “an enemy of my enemy is my ally or friend.” I believe that we can agree that as the EU and Norway recognise Hamas and pay it huge sums of money, or when theEU and Norway do the same with the PLO/PA, and when they spend huge amounts (€, £, NKR) billions of aid to extreme leftwing Israel hating NGOs, do you really call that “Peace?”

    Waage is just another extremeleftwing fascist with a love to hate Israel. She is among a very large and influential group of her kind. Lond may she and the others continue their hate opnely, as the only worse thing is when it is subtly hidden. Then it become more dangerous still.

    Don’t allow these sick comics spoil your day. We oldies, just shrug it off and where and when we have the ability (sorry but in Norway you don’t have that luxury, as a democratic country will rightly have), to ridicule it, then we do. Just look at all the remarks we make of the Ghoul, and others and we do upset them, believe me.

  6. : )
    February 7, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Martin,

    I really hope the day when Norway and Israel agree on everything never arrive, but I really hope the day can come when people in ME can stop to kill each other can come! Syria, Egypt etc.

    Why some scientist has to make article that are to public I think a lot does it to get into media.

    I know that even if Gule does not say it loud he does like humans lot. In his funky way he try to help people to be the person they feel they are. But it gets helpless for we all have people we love that we get feed up about and start complaing about. What I have learnt about people like Gule is that they want to do well, but they have to let people live their own life. When I was young my grandfather sad that the sosialistic idea was not going to work because what is good for one is bad for a other. As I get older I can see that he was correct. We have to let people find their own way. Its the only way to be happy to make one self happy.

    I get your point about using to much energy on this page : ) I do have feelings for McG and in my odd way I try to help on this page, but I can see that it just looks very childish : )

  7. de Bacle
    February 7, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Herbert, your comment covers it all.

    This said: Right now live on Norwegian NRK2; Ms Alexandra Larsen (PhD student) debates Bjørn Olav Utvik (Prof. Mid.east history).
    (NRK2. Dagsnytt Atten – will be available on line shortly).

    Alexandra basically argiues thar all the mideast research and researchers in Norway are infested with a
    “68’s anti-imperialist lefty naive apologetic attidtude to islamic extremism in the midle east”. This obviously includes and implies “anti-Israelims” (although nobody “dares” to say it now…).

    Utvik, aparrently, according to Larsen, is one of them.
    Haage for sure is ! Totally lost. The NOrwegian answer to the mad hatter.

    Alexandra Larsen is a Phd in religion-sociology at the same University of Oslo and has studied the Norwegian middle-east research with focus on how it has realted to the develpment to Isalmist movements.

    Good show Alexandra.
    Hope Rector Ottersen listens and is proud of you, a PhD student takes’em om live. and on NRK at that.Likee walking into a river of barracudas.
    I am proud of you for sure – whoever you are.
    Way to go.

  8. shelly
    February 7, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Mono themate or monotremate? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monotreme

  9. solinski
    February 7, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Poor relations with the Israel’s PM? Last time I looked, at the White House meeting, Benyamin mopped the floor with Barry. Barry is visiting Israel this spring, and I believe, that the visit will be a mayor PR disaster, they don’t like him there, and what is even more interressant, Arabs don’t like him either.

  10. : )
    February 8, 2013 at 12:41 am

    de Bacle,
    can it be this person you are speaking about:

    Alexandra Irene Larsen
    stipendiat i religionssosologi, Universitetet i Agder

    http://www.forskning.no/artikler/2011/august/295164

    NRK has to use more than one group of experts. I like that the 68 are acting more and more paranoid about all the young people that are after them : ) But it help on the election to the right : ) For most in Norway their show looks really dum now, people can think!

  11. Martin
    February 8, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    norwegian how does the ghoul believe he can help people who are Christian,s Muslims, Jews and probably any other religion? The new Godless religion on the block is Socialism!

  12. : )
    February 9, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I think Stalin cried a lot when he understood that he just become a new fool. So will others that try to save the world. People has to find their own way and systems are never going to save any of us. We need humans that see us where we are.

  13. February 10, 2013 at 6:24 am

    I really Think that post, “Hilde Henriksen Waage –
    the mono thematic professor who has been let out of her dusty cupboard to moan about Israel | Norway,
    Israel and the Jews” was indeed spot on!

    I personallycan’t see eye to eye with you more! Finally looks like I actuallycame across a blog worth looking through. Thanks for the post, Samantha

  14. : )
    February 10, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Martin I think Gule will love that I drop my maners when I eat as well,
    lets be one self 110% COME on people its just food it just has to go in and out of your system like this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF-k3do7rs8

  15. Martin
    February 11, 2013 at 4:41 am

    nortwegian I really liked the youtube site above. She can eat like that any time in front of me. While in Italy, I noticed many people scoop all the spaghetti, as she did. but of course without wiping the mess all over their clothes.

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