To paraphrase Genesis, “And the eyes of the public were opened, and they knew that Benjamin Netanyahu’s opposition to the two-state solution was naked.” The question now is whether the Obama administration will allow Israel to sew some fig leaves together and return to the charade of negotiations that will not lead to a resolution. Read more at LobeLog
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Posted in Barack Obama, Bibi Netanyahu, US-Israel Lobby, tagged chickenshit, Congress, Gaza, Hamas, Iran nuclear talks, Israel Lobby, Jeffrey Goldberg, Jerusalem, Jewish Community, JJ Goldberg, Mahmoud Abbas, Moshe Ya'alon, Netanyahu, Obama, Roi Ben Yishai, Security Council, Two-state solution, US-Israel relations, West Bank on October 31, 2014 | 1 Comment »
The obsession in politics and diplomacy with decorum–largely a relic from the past–can easily distract people from the realities of the present. Case in point, the uproar over Jeffrey Goldberg’s latest article in the Atlantic, the headline of which, The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here, would seem important enough to warrant more attention than it has gotten so far.
Instead, the whisper of an unnamed “senior Obama administration official,” who called Netanyahu a “chickenshit,” has occupied headlines. And instead of taking a strong, or even a weak stance on Netanyahu’s repeated declarations about expanding settlement activity everywhere in Jerusalem and the West Bank, the White House has only tried to distance itself from the remark, describing it as “unauthorized” and “inappropriate.” Read more at LobeLog
Posted in Barack Obama, US-Israel Lobby, tagged Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, John Kerry, John Mearsheimer, Mahmoud Abbas, Philip Wilcox, Salam Fayyad, Turkey on April 19, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Barack Obama, tagged African-American, apartheid, Ariel Sharon, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Colonialism, Ehud Barak, Eretz Israel, Ethnic Cleansing, Gaza Strip, Genocide, Hamas, Israel, Jerusalem, Jews, Jordan River, Mahmoud Abbas, Native Americans, Occupation, Palestine, Racism, Ramallah, settlers, United States on March 29, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Barack Obama, Bibi Netanyahu, Turkey, tagged Avigdor Lieberman, Benjamin Netanyahu, Danny Ayalon, Egypt, Erdogan, Flotilla, Hamas, Jordan, Mavi Marmara, Moshe Ya'alon, Muslim Brotherhood, Syria, Turkey on March 23, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
A reader at LobeLog asked how I thought Netanyahu’s surprising and long-belated apology to Turkey over the Mavi Marmara killings fit in with my analysis of Obama’s speeches in Jerusalem and Ramallah. I thought my readers here would be interested in my response, so I reprint it below.
I think it fits in perfectly. What Obama set out to do, in my view, was to reset his foreign policy priorities, given not only the pivot to Asia, but also the domestic political
realities that severely limit his options in dealing with Israel (i.e. AIPAC et al). He’s essentially trying to move the conflict out of the way.
It may well be that events, maybe in Syria, possibly even in Egypt or Jordan, will change the status quo by drawing Israel in and that may hamper the move to lessen US involvement in all of this. But for now, Obama will do what he must as dictated by US politics but I think little if anything more, and that was his message to the Israeli public.
To Bibi, I think he handed that perspective as a gift, or more precisely a payoff. Basically, he said I’m not going to push you the negotiating table, but you’re going to pay me back for that by making this issue less of a thorn in my side. I think the rapprochement with Turkey is the centerpiece of that, because while the split between those two US allies has not always been in the news, it is a central concern for US diplomats. This makes matters simpler.
I think Obama was also hoping that Bibi would agree to turn the heat back down on the Iran issue and let Obama take the lead. Such a thing would probably be wise for Israel, even from their point of view, because Obama’s own rhetoric on Iran has hardly been mollifying. But I think that was an area where Bibi was much less forthcoming. He knows his new defense minister prefers the US hit Iran rather than Israel, but also that he very much believes that the US should be pressured to do so–Ya’alon does not seem to share the assessment of his military and intelligence leaders on Iran, which is pretty much identical to the US’. (more…)