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Sunday, March 14, 2010

How's this for hysteria?

YNet cites an unnamed US official with this bit of hysteria:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political standing is "perilous" because of divisions within his coalition over efforts to pursue peace with the Palestinians, a senior US official said on Friday.

"The Israelis know the only way to stay on the positive side of the ledger, internationally and with us, is to not have them recurring," the senior Obama administration official said of announcements of plans to build 1,600 Jewish homes in east Jerusalem.
Please. Once again the Obama administration is showing its total boorishness when it comes to understanding Israeli politics. It wasn't Clinton that brought Netanyahu down eleven years ago - it was the Israeli Right. Until now, Netanyahu was able to walk between the raindrops.

But Netanyahu has no ideological commitment to the 'peace process.' And unlike Obama with healthcare, there is no indication that Netanyahu is willing to commit political suicide (and worse) to keep the Obama administration happy by pushing the 'peace process' ahead. Most Israeli Jews understand that we are alone and our conflict with the 'Palestinians' and their Arab patrons is an existential one. If Netanyahu continues to build in Jerusalem, most of his coalition will support him (Labor is making noises about quitting, but with the possible exception of Ehud Barak they are no great loss) and the voters will support him.


At 1:34 PM, Blogger Akiva said...

It's actually pleasant, at this point at least, to watch this US administration's incompetence in international politics and the manipulation of Israeli politics.

The former Clinton administration was able to find the right buttons to push and wedges to drive to impact domestic Israeli politics.

Obama's team, B"H, can't figure it out.


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