Netanyahu Sticks It to the United States, Again
….for the THIRD time.
Video of Jewish activists disrupting Netanyahu at Jewish Federations General Assembly
…in the VIDEO Bibi is heckled while addressing the Jewish Federations Convention in New Orleans, quoted here not just for its irrelevance, but to show that at least someone, if not Obama or Biden, spoke up about the latest embarrassment of the US by Israel’s government (See Adam Horowitz’s report at Mondoweiss for the details).
It was actually MJ Rosenberg, writing at Huffington Post, who described the latest insult:
Is this is a sick joke? Netanyahu pulls this TWICE (correction, it is now THREE TIMES).
While visiting Israel in March, Vice President Joe Biden delivered a speech that delighted the Israeli right and its followers here. The key passage was this: “When it comes to Israel’s security there can be no daylight — no daylight — between Israel and the US.”
That formulation, which was devised by AIPAC, pleased the Netanyahu government, which interprets it to mean that Israel has carte blanch from Washington to do whatever it wants. No other country in the world enjoys such a pledge from the United States.
Within hours, the Israeli government responded to Biden’s endorsement by announcing that it would be building 1,600 new settler units in Arab East Jerusalem.
That announcement — and the slap in the face that it represented — led to the Spring 2010 crisis in US-Israel relations that seemed to indicate that, at long last, the United States was standing up to Israel on the settlement issue. In Israel, it was widely speculated that Netanyahu’s government would fall. Many believed that the dispute would force him to implement a settlement freeze or face serious consequences.
Of course, none of that happened. Today, at least the EU finally spoke up. EU urges Israel to ‘reverse’ plan for 1,300 East Jerusalem homes; Israel also announces plans to build 800 homes in Ariel.
U.S. President Barack Obama cautioned Tuesday that Israel’s plan to construct 1,300 new homes in East Jerusalem could obstruct the pursuit of peace in the Middle East.
“This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations,” said Obama, adding that he was concerned Israel and Palestinians were not making enough of an effort to advance peace negotiations….
The U.S. State Department said it was “disappointed” after it learned Monday that 1,300 Jewish homes had been approved for construction beyond the Green Line in East Jerusalem. Later in the day, it emerged that Israel had also approved second plan to build 800 homes in the West Bank settlement of Ariel.
….the United States sees it (Ariel) as a panhandle sticking into the West Bank, intended to prevent Palestinian territorial contiguity.
”Disappointed?” Is that you, Hillary? If it were not so predictable, we would all be disappointed.
Here’s MJ Rosenberg once again for the last word:
Following Tuesday’s “shellacking,” the big question in Washington is whether the president is going to push back against ugly slaps like this or simply try to conciliate his adversaries.
Click the link for numerous stories about Netanyahu’s disingenuousness and his intent to implement the Likud Charter in what’s left of Palestine. If you don’t know what the Likud Charter is, click HERE. It’s intent is to wipe Palestine off the map (and no, that is not the Iranian PM speaking; it’s what Netanyahu is all about).