Obama, I am thinking, is engaged in his own "price tag" policy in squeezing Netanyahu harder than an olive press would press an olive. He''s even getting close to, figuratively, cutting down the tree of American-Israel cooperation, or trim it somewhat, at the least.We all know that politicians lie. They all do, at one time or another, or most of the time. But I do not think that President Obama nor President Sarkozy were lying in this exchange: Mr Sarkozy is reported to have said: “I cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar.”
Mr Obama did not challenge the assertion, instead replying: “You may be sick of him, but me, I have to deal with him every day.”The Washington Post''s Jackson Diehl doesn''t like that and thinks the two presidents are a bit illogical in their dislike of Netanyahu:
...In other words, Netanyahu has been an occasionally difficult but ultimately cooperative partner. He can be accused of moving too slowly and offering too little, but not of failing to heed American initiatives. And Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas? For five of the six months of the Israeli settlement moratorium he refused Obama’s appeals to begin negotiations; after two meetings, he returned to his intransigence. Rejecting a personal appeal from Obama, he took his bid for statehood to the United Nations, where he may yet force the United States to use its Security Council veto.France last month joined an appeal from the Mideast diplomatic “quartet” — the United States, European Union, Russia and United Nations — for Israel and the Palestinians to return unconditionally to negotiations. Netanyahu accepted. Abbas said no.Abbas, it’s fair to say, has gone from resisting U.S. and French diplomacy to actively seeking to undermine it. Yet it is Netanyahu whom Sarkozy finds “unbearable,” and whom Obama groans at having to “deal with every day.” If there is an explanation for this, it must be personal; in substance, it makes little sense.
Obama, I think, really doesn''t like Netanyahu and it isn''t personal - it''s ideological. Obama''s political philosophy is at odds with the true meaning of Zionism and the Jewish state of Israel. He has fronted for outrageous Arab maneuvering, belittled Israel''s security and national ethos needs, sent his Secretary of State to fishwife tongue-lash Netanyahu and more.Disengenuously, he said last May
"Obviously there are some differences between us in the precise formulations and language, and that''s going to happen between friends," Mr. Obama told reporters as he sat next to Mr. Netanyahu, before the Israeli premier spoke.Some differences? That''s another lie.We need more pushback, especially from Congress.