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Thursday, March 18, 2010

What awaits Netanyahu in Washington

Laura Rozen predicts that Prime Minister Netanyahu will not have an easy week in Washington next week.
Netanyahu, meanwhile, is due to speak at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington on Monday. He's then due to meet with Jewish Congress members, including Berman, on Tuesday, when he’s likely to get an earful of tough talk behind closed doors from members who share Berman’s sympathy with the Obama administration that months of American diplomatic heavy-lifting to try to get peace talks relaunched were knocked down so casually by the Israeli government's East Jerusalem housing announcement. And he's likely to find little patience from many of them for his excuses, and more stern urging that he does what he has to do to make sure it doesn't happen again.
And on top of that, the 'quartet' is meeting in Moscow on Thursday and will undoubtedly condemn us again.

But I have to wonder why Netanyahu doesn't seem to have any meetings scheduled with members of Congress other than 'Jewish members.' During his first term, Netanyahu was a master at playing Congress off against Bill Clinton. The only Jewish member of Congress who is Republican is Eric Cantor, who's a great guy and very sympathetic to Israel, but Cantor is still only one Congressman. Given that Israel's support among Republicans is higher than among Democrats, shouldn't Netanyahu be meeting with sympathetic Republicans?

Just sayin'....


At 4:15 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Considering that the GOP will likely regain Congress in the fall, Netanyahu loses nothing by waiting until the end of the year to see how things shake up. An Israel-friendly Congress is likely to help the Jewish State offset a hostile Obama Administration.

Just sayin'.

At 5:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, he should meet with Israel's allies in Washington. Build bridges. and "talk truth to (the) power" in the White House. I wonder if he'll say chag sameach to Rahm?


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