With that Salute to Judea and Samaria he just staged in Washington, our wise and fearless leader just screwed American policy in the Middle East, turned Israel into an albatross around the neck of the president of the United States, made Western Europe ashamed to be associated with us, waved a red flag at the Palestinians and the entire Muslim world, and I don’t know what else.
Way to go, Bibi.
The US, Western Europe and the rest of the democratic world that we supposedly want to be a part of wants very much to get on the right side of this Arab Spring that’s changing the Middle East, and, by extension, the globe. They want to “build relationships” with the emerging Arab nations and try to influence their direction.
And look who’s tagging along – Mr. AIPAC, Mr. Right- Wing Congress, Mr.
Obama-Slayer, Mr. Settlement- Builder, Mr. Status Quo, Mr. Nyet. Him and
the country that elected him, and that almost certainly will again.
He just showed Obama who’s boss, didn’t he? He had 10,000 American Jews
cheering and standing up for him every two minutes at AIPAC, he had
Republicans and Democrats doing the same thing in Congress, and what was
Israel is right and the Arabs are wrong, thank you and God bless America.
And now Obama, who can’t say a word against an Israeli prime minister in
an election year, who is being led around by the nose by this guy, has
to convince hundreds of millions of restive Muslims that America is
their friend. That America’s on their side.
Oh God. Bibi, you have really done it.
This is your big peace plan, the one that everybody’s been waiting for –
“some settlements will end up beyond Israel’s borders”? That would have
been a bold, far-reaching declaration in 1992, maybe, coming from
Yitzhak Shamir, but the world has, as they say in America, moved on.
With the Middle East in play, who’s supposed to stick up for Israel now –
the Republicans and AIPAC-trained Democrats? The prime minister of
Canada? Glenn Beck? That’s about all we’ve got left, the only people who
still think Bibi’s singing the right tune.
The Palestinians are going to the UN in September to gain the world’s
recognition for a state on the land where Israel has ruled them against
their will since 1967 (a point Bibi left out in his history lesson to
Congress about Judea and Samaria).
With the Muslim world paying very, very close attention, the US is going
to vote “no.” AIPAC, Congress and Israel will be pacified, but what
will, you know, the people who actually have to manage US affairs in the
world be thinking? Where will it leave America in the Middle East?
Wedded to an Israeli policy it deplores, tied to an Israeli leader its
president now loathes if he didn’t before, led into an isolated corner
by the albatross around its neck.
Way to go, Bibi.
It's funny – before this Likud convention in English that just took
place, Obama planned to lobby the leaders of Western Europe to at least
abstain in the UN vote.
I would love to hear what Obama and Angela Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron are saying to each other now.
How in the hell is Obama supposed to lobby for Israel in Europe after what Netanyahu just gave him to work with?
And how are England, France, Germany and other Western countries, none
of which want to alienate the Muslim world, certainly not now, supposed
to vote against a Palestinian state – which they all support – when the
option is Bibi’s promise of eternal status quo – which they all detest?
Here’s what I think Merkel, Sarkozy, Cameron and the other European
leaders will be telling Obama about that UN vote: “Sorry, Barack, we’d
love to help you out, but not if it means turning a billion Muslims
against us at this particular juncture. With all due respect, Bibi’s
your problem, not ours.”
Bibi and Barack, alone together, sinking like a stone.
There’s only one way out, only one way to salvage America’s standing in
the Middle East and, at the same time, save Israel from itself and this
very unfortunate choice it made for prime minister.
The US has to vote “yes” on Palestine in the UN this September. That
would change everything for everyone, and only for the better.
Will it happen? Of course not. Obama doesn’t want to be branded an
anti-Israel Arab-lover in the campaign; he’ll get killed in the
election. Instead, he’s going to let Bibi, the Republicans, AIPAC and
the AIPAC-trained Democrats coerce him into crippling America, and,
incidentally, crippling Israel.
Way to go, Obama. You’re even worse than Bibi. At least he’ll be
dragging his country down for an ideology, vile as it is, that he
believes in. What will be your excuse?