Apparently Some in Israel Don’t Think the Relationship is so “Special”
President Obama spoke at the U.N. today and the reaction from the far right in Israel (ie. the Israeli government) was swift and fierce:
Rightist Knesset members slammed American President Barack Obama Thursday over his remarks during a speech at the United Nations General Assembly.
Responding to the president’s call for an extension of the West Bank settlement freeze, Likud MK Danny Danon said “Obama is invited to turn on CNN Sunday and watch the bulldozers resuming construction in Eretz Yisrael.”
“A person who presents the freeze as a condition for peace is completely detached (from reality,) and will apparently not get to be a partner for peace in the Middle East,” he said.
You know, I absolutely support Israel but this is just nonsense. Let me get this straight-if the U.S. government dares even to suggest that Israel stop building illegal settlements during negotiations over a two state solution as the administration did last year and is sort of doing now, that is considered totally inappropriate by Israel and the AIPAC crowd here in the U.S. because it’s seen as interference, and worse, a criticism of Israel. However, it is absolutely acceptable for Israeli politicians to criticize and lash out at the U.S. President in the most hyperbolic, obnoxious way and there is not one peep from the AIPAC crowd or Israeli officials in support of the U.S. administration? Nice double-standard. So we can’t criticize Israel or even make a request that they temporarily adhere to international law, but they can use the U.S. President as their political doormat? We have to constantly prove we support Israel, but not the other way around? Got it.
And there is more goodwill from our special friends:
Meanwhile, leaders of the Lobby of the Eretz Israel Front in the Knesset, MKs Zeev Elkin and Arieh Eldad, also slammed Obama’s call to extend the settlement construction freeze, calling it “inappropriate intervention.”
According to lobby members, the American president’s statement was an attempt to “forcefully overturn the democratic decision of the citizens of Israel, who voted in favor of strengthening the settlements in Judea and Samaria and against concessions and withdrawal.”
“Inappropriate intervention?” I have an idea, how about we have the U.S. taxpayer stop intervening inappropriately in Israel’s internal affairs by giving them billions of dollars a year? I mean, if Israel finds the terms of the relationship so unwelcome and unfair that it actually undermines their democracy, then perhaps they don’t need our financial aid or our CONSTANT diplomatic intervention on their behalf? I mean, we don’t want to interfere! Also, it’s nice to know that citizens of a country can vote away international law. I bet that wouldn’t go over so well if another country like say, Iran, claimed the ability to do that.