Pipes: Obama’s stunning bullying of Israel may hurt Obama
Once again, it looks as though Obama’s unreflective leftist passions, in this case his hostility to Israel and identification with the Palestinian cause, has overridden other considerations, including not only his own political well being but simple logic.
Daniel Pipes writes at NRO:
On the surface, that the Obama administration decided one fine day to pick a fight with the government of Israel looks like an unmitigated disaster for the Jewish state. What could be worse than its most important ally provoking the worst crisis (according to the Israeli ambassador to Washington) since 1975?I would add that this controversy was not just, as Pipes says, gratuitous; it was invented out of whole cloth. The housing permit at issue is the third stage of a multistage bureaucratic process that will not result in any new buildings for several years. Moreover, the construction does not involve a territorial expansion of settlements, but new buildings in an existing settlement. Moreover, the “settlement” at issue is flanked by Jewish settlements; it doesn’t even border on Palestinian land. You would need a buzz saw to cut through all the layers of lies in this tempest in a tea pot. And speaking of mixed metaphors, I hurl the jackboot of fascism into the melting pot.