The present U.S. administration is an enemy of Israel. Netanyahu must recognize this and act accordingly. But is he capable of recognizing it?
In the same week in which Obama carried out a coup against the Big Satan, he pushed the Little Satan to the wall. He has made demands on Israel’s prime minister Netanyahu that the latter cannot reasonably accept. But if Netanyahu refuses to accept them, Obama can hurt Israel is serious ways, including, says Paul of Powerline (citing Noah Pollock in the Jerusalem Post):
1) U.S. support for a unilateral Palestinian declaration of statehood, 2) active U.S. opposition to a strike on Iran, up to and including the Brzezinski threat of shooting down Israeli aircraft, 3) Israel’s diplomatic isolation in the UN and Europe, and 4) an escalating administration campaign to portray Israeli “intransigence” as a threat to the United States’ regional and international security.When I read that list, I was knocked back for a moment from the view I had had prior to reading the Powerline piece, that Netanyahu should declare to the world that the president U.S. administration is hostile to Israel, and that Israel will not regard the U.S. as a Mideast peace broker so long as Obama remains president. Now I thought that Israel was in an impossible bind.
But Paul of Powerline—who I’ve always said is the most conservative and the most astute of the Powerline writers, and who evidently agrees with the first two sentences of the title of this entry—saw farther than I did. He writes:
Obama may be willing to play some or all of these cards. But if he is, then he will be willing to play them to enforce his next set of demands too. Thus, unless Israel is prepared to let the U.S. dictate the terms of its national security, as well as its housing policy, Netanyahu should not be deterred.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at March 27, 2010 08:26 AM | Send