Wanna Know Why Bibi Netanyahu Was Grinning Like the Cat Who Swallowed the Canary Today? *updated*
See my post below for the transcript, video and photos of Secretary Clinton and Benjamin Netanyahu prior to their meeting.
Israeli media commentators (moderate and liberal) have been basically begging this administration to stand up to their Prime Minister. Can you imagine? Clearly, the carrot and carrot approach championed by Dennis Ross (and others?) isn’t working. In fact, it seems to be backfiring and making the United States look ineffectual and weak because the whole world is watching and wondering how if Obama can’t even get Israel to temporarily stop some illegal settlements construction for a few extra weeks, how is the US going to get Israel to move forward on more contentious final status issues like borders and the status of Jerusalem?
Here’s a good article from the former Israel Consul General Alon Pinkas arguing that Netanyahu’s attempts (aided by the GOP and much of the so-called Israel Lobby) to politicize support for Israel could end up backfiring big-time. It’s also an obvious play by the GOP to start to get more Jewish Americans to vote Republican by claiming that they (the GOP) are the ONLY pro-Israel party. This is of course ridiculous, but if you read the article it becomes apparent that the “pro” and “anti” Israel label is being used for cynical political ends and it has the side effect of stifling any meaningful debate on the Mideast. Given how important Mideast peace (or lack thereof) is to US security interests around the world, and of course to the security of Israel itself, it is essential that different viewpoints be not only discussed, but encouraged. I know, radical idea!