This is what Israel’s current leadership has wrought

Israeli-American relations have apparently hit a new low, with unnamed but senior members of the Obama administration referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “coward” and “chickens**t” in interviews with Atlantic writer Jeffrey Goldberg, a journalist with good access to both governments.

As Goldberg reports:

“The good thing about Netanyahu is that he’s scared to launch wars,” the official said, expanding the definition of what a chickens**t the Israeli prime minister looks like. “The bad thing about him is that he won’t do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or with the Sunni Arab states. The only thing he’s interested in is protecting himself from political defeat. He’s not [Yitzhak] Rabin, he’s not [Ariel] Sharon, he’s certainly no [Menachem] Begin. He’s got no guts.”

Well, amen.

Israeli officials have reacted to the story by demanding that those who were quoted be identified and fired, and that an apology be issued. The Obama White House has done none of that, merely noting that such statements by U.S. officials are “inappropriate and counterproductive.”

These increasingly bitter exchanges between the Obama and Netanyahu governments were touched off by announcement of yet another round of settlement expansions, including into historically Arab areas of East Jerusalem and deep into the West Bank, in areas that would form the core of any Palestinian state. They continue a long string of such announcements. Every such expansion amounts to a repudiation of a two-state solution to the dispute between Israel and Palestine. Every such expansion amounts to a public rejection of official U.S. policy going back as far as the Nixon administration.

It’s time that such announcements had consequences. In recent months, Netanyahu has taken to public whining that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated, with fewer and fewer friends. Well, if you repeatedly act in total disregard of international opinion and international law, and against the ardent advice of your closest and just about only remaining ally, yes, you will become more isolated. Among human beings as among nations, that’s how such things work.

And at least some prominent Israeli leaders understand that dynamic. Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni this week condemned the expansion plans as “irresponsible from both a diplomatic and security standpoint.” Yair Lapid, minister of finance in Netanyahu’s coalition government, has even refused to fund the most recent round of expansions. “There is a time and a place for everything and this is not the right time; you heard what the Americans said about us,” he reportedly said in a Cabinet meeting. “I don’t remember us making a decision to destroy our relations with the Americans.”

I have supported Israel my entire adult life and have admired it for much of that time. That admiration has all but disappeared, eroded by the decision of Israeli politicians to abandon the shared values that once united our two countries in favor of policies that allow them to take land that is not theirs and to deny the basic human rights of those who rely upon that land. As I’ve noted before, they risk repeating the story of Genesis, in which the inability to withstand temptation results in ultimate eviction.

No, seizure of Palestinian property and creation of settlements in areas long designated as part of a future Palestine are not terrorist attacks. They don’t kill anybody, not directly. But in terms of impact on the long-term prospects for peace, such actions are just as destructive and in their own way, immoral. By appropriating land and water, you appropriate the future and ensure violence.

And it does not enhance the security of Israel; it endangers it. Whether certain elements of the current government chose to recognize it or not, Israel cannot survive on its own, not in the long run. It needs friends, and to have a friend, you must be a friend.

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N-GA-Online
N-GA-Online

The GOP demands that we be Israel's ally.....on Israel's terms. Why don't we just have our leaders just go over to Tel Aviv, drop their collective pants and let the Zionists have at it. Then the GOP will have what it wants and everyone can have a good laugh.

Vindicator
Vindicator

My God!  This is so shocking of the Democratic Party to repudiate our closest ally in the Middle East.  This is just another validation of marching lock-step in the mind-set of their closet Muslim president.


Just when you think that the Democrats and the left have hit the bottom of the barrel in low character, up comes another scandal.


Well, what you see is what you get when the American electorate is fooled with campaigns of Hope & Change, voters who are too stupid to realize the leftist agenda, and saps who buy into the crap put forth by radical leadership.


The mid-terms can't get here soon enough.

wavettore
wavettore

Notice how strange is that ISIS threatened Europe and the entire World but not Israel which is next to it. This masquerade goes on in this great stage while the future of all people depends precisely on how ISIS, Al Qaeda and 9/11 are intended. A new World apparatus should thoroughly investigate the events of 9/11. There is no need for another US Commission that pretends to investigate and that is why it takes an external Commission. Also a second investigation should be launched against Senator John Mc Cain after it has been revealed that he had met with the founder of ISIS. “Here’s the problem. He [Sen. John McCain] did meet with ISIS, and had his picture taken, and didn’t know it was happening at the time.” —Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), in an interview with the Daily Beast, Sept. 16. This picture is the obvious evidence that the World conspiracy is not a theory. The chief of ISIS is that same Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who spent time in a US prison and in a meeting with Mc Cain before being released in 2009. There is no doubt that the Zionists and their counter terrorist agencies have all the means to enlist and pay well mercenaries of all Countries and Islamic extremists without having to show their face or their wallet. After all the Zionists could use those 2.3 trillion dollars declared missing by the Bush administration one day before 9/11 and stolen by the Pentagon’s comptroller Dov Zakheim on behalf of the Bush family. A World War has already been planned. Obama is under strong pressure from all media and from the many US politicians on payroll of Israel (like Mc Cain) to commit US troops on the ground against ISIS and to begin this War on behalf of Israel. The US president recognizes the Zionist trap and is resisting for now from sending those troops. The comedy will go on with the tears of the Pharisees while in Jerusalem the situation of Al Aqsa mosque will get to a boiling point. It will be Jeb Bush, the next US president, to fix everything with a spectacular final act.

Enjoy the show.

http://www.wavevolution.org/en/humanwaves.html

GwinnettArt
GwinnettArt

The actions of the Palestinians don't exactly support acceptance of two states.  With that then Israel may as well start using the west bank that Jordan shows no sign of wanting back and thus remains Israeli territory not any other country.  Palestinian extremists want it all and will not get it yet thousands will be dead and Israel will still be in possession of the land as they will not lose.  Israel might as well start using the land as the Palestinians refuse to negotiate and accept Israels right to exist.


DohBee
DohBee

Ooooo. "666" Comments!   The Rapture is Coming!!

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

obama:  Uniting the world by making everyone our enemy!

Paul42
Paul42

Just got done reading some comments from some "Christians United for Israel" Facebook posting on this very topic.  Those people would support Israel if they attacked the US.  Particularly while Obama is president.

They are ignorantly nuts.

josef
josef

Okay...the cabal has arrived...later, y'all

josef
josef

Well, Sooth, Luci and Lenin better be on guard...we got three Jews and an Indian meeting here in conclave in Mississippi tonight and we plannin on a takeover of civilization and woe betide our enemies...we some bad a33 mofos... don't be fooled by that canasta game we claim to be playing...there's a secret message in that third red card canasta...

LeninTime
LeninTime

@Soothsayer2 

Gosh! Jay! You mean the land they took in 1948 or the remaining scaps they have yet to take?

If you're going to steal, you may as well steal everything.

Eventually, they WILL steal everything.

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How tirelessly our liberal Israel defender friends work to try to make us forget all that inconvenient history! 

Soothsayer2
Soothsayer2

I have supported Israel my entire adult life and have admired it for much of that time. That admiration has all but disappeared, eroded by the decision of Israeli politicians to abandon the shared values that once united our two countries in favor of policies that allow them to take land that is not theirs and to deny the basic human rights of those who rely upon that land.

Gosh! Jay! You mean the land they took in 1948 or the remaining scaps they have yet to take?

If you're going to steal, you may as well steal everything.

Eventually, they WILL steal everything.

And, as long as the Israeli tail wags the American dog, not a peep will be uttered by any American politician.

josef
josef

Hey, Luci...!


Come on up and tell us again how bright, incisive, and intelligently informed you are! 

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

I guess this is where Israel is supposed to learn to see itself in others and react accordingly through the Golden Rule of Christ. It's prophesied that such a conversion will happen, but I get the feeling we've still got a ways yet to go!

LeninTime
LeninTime

A post with a highly unflattering portrait of Israel up for hours? Bookman you better hurry and get your next post up pretty soon. You don't want the wrong people to start talking. Or worse, get on the bad side is the AIPAC / Israel Firster mafia. Not good for the ol' career if you know what I mean.

gotalife
gotalife

He gave a good pep talk today. American exceptionalism.


Your grievances are being addressed,


josef
josef

We better be nice to Luci...he has low friends in high places! 

LeftisnotRight
LeftisnotRight

Obama's folks take this country and it's citizens for granted.....the game is up......

TBS
TBS

@josef


To be safe it might be best to disinvite both Elizabeth Warren and JamVet.  

TBS
TBS

@josef


The question is are you real Jews and Indians?



josef
josef

@Soothsayer2


Shore nuff what yore folks did here in America, White Boy... LOL 

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@josef Buffalo Troll won't ya come out tonight, come out tonight, come out tonight?

josef
josef

@LeninTime


Take another look...the unflattering is not to Israel, but Netanyahu...

josef
josef

@TBS


True...hmmm...but can we still have Arlo Guthrie, he IS a twofer!  

KUTGF
KUTGF

@josef @Soothsayer2  ooooooohhhh.... is it time to bring up Pocahontas?  Or maybe complain about illegals coming to this continent laden with disease that kills off thousands if not millions.  ;)

LeninTime
LeninTime

@josef


the unflattering is not to Israel, but Netanyahu...

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It doesn't matter  ..... to the AIPAC mafia / Israel Firster crowd.

josef
josef

@TBS @josef


According to the Carolina Charter or the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek?  :-) 

TBS
TBS

@Doggone_GA @josef @LeninTime


Well I'd guess that most of them don't miss the point as opposed to the point doesn't fit their own view point.  


Yes some totally miss the point however others get it but don't agree.  


I've seen some bloggers counter point Jay's articles with facts and make some good sense.  


With that said, some isn't many and most just go to whining or changing the topic when they don't have facts to refute the point in question. 

josef
josef

@LeninTime @josef


Come on, nothing, do you not realize just how much like it this sounds?  Seriously...