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Leading US Jewish Publication Questions Netanyahu’s Grasp On Reality

The bitter back and forth between Israeli and US officials in the Obama Administration that spilled out into the open earlier this week has taken another twisted turn. After The Atlantic reported that a Senior Obama Administration official called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “chickenshit” Israeli officials began slamming US officials openly.

Now one of the leading Jewish publications in the US, The New York Jewish Week, has questioned Prime Minister Netanyahu’s grasp on reality after he dismissed critics of his blatantly illegal plan to build 1,000 new units in the Arab section of Jerusalem as “detached from reality.” Rather than the critics, the Jewish Week argues, it is Netanyahu who needs a reality check as he is recklessly jeopardizing Israel’s most important alliance in the world.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans to build more than 1,000 new units in Jerusalem neighborhoods beyond the Green Line, fully aware of the negative response it would receive in America and in the international community. And it did, with the State Department calling the plans “incompatible with the pursuit of peace.”… Netanyahu responded by saying that Israel will “continue to build in our eternal capital,” adding: “I heard the claim that our building in Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem makes peace more distant, but it is the criticism itself that makes peace more distant.” He said the criticism feeds the Palestinians’ false hopes and is “detached from reality.”

But it’s fair to ask just who is more detached from reality these days, the president of the U.S. and leader of the free world, or the leader of a small country almost totally dependent on American support? (It’s not so much the $3 billion a year in U.S. aid that counts as much as its support at the UN and in countless other ways that would be felt should the relationship continue to erode.)

The editorial goes on to say that Netanyahu is going forward with the settlements because he is scared of internal political opposition from the right wing as Bibi  is “sensing calls for a new election.” If the US retaliates against Netanyahu by letting the resolutions and sanctions fly at the UN then Israel could be in some serious trouble.

Prime Minister Netanyahu was also quick to dismiss the European Union’s concerns about building settlements in Jerusalem, opening Israel up to facing both economic and political consequences. With Sweden already recognizing Palestine and the other EU states considering it, this was probably a bad time to provoke them by calling them deranged.

What would you call someone who panics into calamity at the first sign that he may have a tough election if he does the right thing?

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Leading US Jewish Publication Questions Netanyahu’s Grasp On Reality

The bitter back and forth between Israeli and US officials in the Obama Administration that spilled out into the open earlier this week has taken another twisted turn. After The Atlantic reported that a Senior Obama Administration official called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “chickenshit” Israeli officials began slamming US officials openly.

Now one of the leading Jewish publications in the US, The New York Jewish Week, has questioned Prime Minister Netanyahu’s grasp on reality after he dismissed critics of his blatantly illegal plan to build 1,000 new units in the Arab section of Jerusalem as “detached from reality.” Rather than the critics, the Jewish Week argues, it is Netanyahu who needs a reality check as he is recklessly jeopardizing Israel’s most important alliance in the world.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans to build more than 1,000 new units in Jerusalem neighborhoods beyond the Green Line, fully aware of the negative response it would receive in America and in the international community. And it did, with the State Department calling the plans “incompatible with the pursuit of peace.”… Netanyahu responded by saying that Israel will “continue to build in our eternal capital,” adding: “I heard the claim that our building in Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem makes peace more distant, but it is the criticism itself that makes peace more distant.” He said the criticism feeds the Palestinians’ false hopes and is “detached from reality.”

But it’s fair to ask just who is more detached from reality these days, the president of the U.S. and leader of the free world, or the leader of a small country almost totally dependent on American support? (It’s not so much the $3 billion a year in U.S. aid that counts as much as its support at the UN and in countless other ways that would be felt should the relationship continue to erode.)

The editorial goes on to say that Netanyahu is going forward with the settlements because he is scared of internal political opposition from the right wing as Bibi  is “sensing calls for a new election.” If the US retaliates against Netanyahu by letting the resolutions and sanctions fly at the UN then Israel could be in some serious trouble.

Prime Minister Netanyahu was also quick to dismiss the European Union’s concerns about building settlements in Jerusalem, opening Israel up to facing both economic and political consequences. With Sweden already recognizing Palestine and the other EU states considering it, this was probably a bad time to provoke them by calling them deranged.

What would you call someone who panics into calamity at the first sign that he may have a tough election if he does the right thing?

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