Israel needs to separate itself from the Obama chickensh*t
Tell me that quote isn't a perfect description of the Obama administration and how it relates to Israel. Here's Bret Stephens
to explain why (Hat Tip: Gershon D
“Despite the fact that Yaalon’s requests to meet with the senior members of
the Obama administration were declined over a week ago, Washington waited until
the visit ended before making the story public in order to humiliate the
Israeli defense minister,” Ha’aretz reported. Mr. Yaalon is now said to be
under an Obama administration “quarantine” until he performs additional
penance, perhaps by recanting his hard-line views about the advisability of a
nuclear deal with Iran or a peace deal with Palestinian President Mahmoud
The good news here is that at least there’s one kind of quarantine this
administration believes in. The bad news is that it seems to give more thought
to pursuing personal vendettas against allies like Israel than it does to
waging effective military campaigns against enemies like ISIS.
The administration also seems to have forgotten that two can play the game.
Two days after the Yaalon snub, the Israeli government announced the
construction of 1,000 new housing units in so-called East Jerusalem, including
600 new units in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood that was the subject of a 2010
row with Joe Biden. Happy now, Mr. Vice President?
The real problem for the administration is that the Israelis—along with all
the other disappointed allies—are learning how little it pays to be on Barack
Obama’s good side. Since coming to office in 2009, Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed, against his own inclination and over the
objections of his political base, to (1) recognize
a Palestinian state; (2) enforce an unprecedented 10-month
(3) release scores
of Palestinian prisoners held on murder charges; (4) embark on an
ill-starred effort to reach a final peace deal
with the Palestinians; (5) refrain from taking overt military
steps against Iran; and (6) agree to every possible
cease-fire during the summer’s war with Hamas.
In exchange, Mr. Kerry publicly
blamed Israel for the failure of the peace effort, the White House
held up the delivery of munitions
at the height of the Gaza war, and Mr. Obama is hellbent
on striking whatever deal the Iranians can plausibly offer him.
Oh, and Mr. Kerry also attributes the rise of Islamic State to the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict. Maybe if the Israelis grovel a bit more, Mr. Obama will oblige them
by recognizing a Palestinian state as his parting act as president. Don’t
discount the possibility.
Which brings me to the concept of a trial separation.
Last year, Mustafa Alani, a Saudi foreign policy analyst, observed of
Riyadh’s evolving attitude toward Washington: “We are learning from our enemies
now how to treat the United States.” Sure enough it wasn’t long after the
Saudis turned down a seat on the Security Council and threatened a fundamental
re-evaluation of their ties to the U.S. that Messrs. Kerry and Obama went bowing
to King Abdullah when they needed the kingdom’s help against ISIS.
At least the Saudis understand the value of showing they’re prepared to be,
as someone once wrote, co-dependent no more. The administration likes to make
much of the $3 billion a year it provides Israel (or, at least, U.S. defense
contractors) in military aid, but that’s now less than 1% of Israeli GDP. Like
some boorish husband of yore fond of boasting that he brings home the bacon,
the administration thinks it’s the senior partner in the marriage.
Except this wife can now pay her own bills. And she never ate bacon to
Small-minded. Ignoble. Takes the trivial seriously. Sounds like the Obama administration. Sounds like a prescription for a bad marriage. Stephens is right: it's time to get away for a while.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, Bret Stephens, John Kerry, Moshe Yaalon, US-Israel relationship