"Obama now has the choice of absorbing the blow or engaging in a politically unpalatable battle with the Israeli leadership, which past U.S. presidents have largely avoided.
Yeah, they got the message after JFK.
Obama may be too invested in key domestic problems, the Iran nuclear issue and two wars to walk into that political minefield"
So he can't take on Israel because.... they CONTROL OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM, 'eh?
Why would the Globe want to hide that?
"US-Israel row highlights quandary over settlements" by Karin Laub and Steven Gutkin, Associated Press Writers | March 10, 2010
RAMALLAH, West Bank --An open diplomatic row during the visit of Vice President Joe Biden has shined a spotlight on the U.S. failure to rein in Israeli settlement ambitions and deepened Palestinian suspicions that the United States is too weak to broker a deal.
Sad, but true.
Biden's handshakes and embraces gave way to one of the strongest rebukes of Israel by a senior U.S. official in years after Israel's announcement during his visit that it plans to build 1,600 homes in disputed east Jerusalem. Israel apologized for the poor timing but is sticking to its plan to build the homes....
What does that tell you?
The vice president on Wednesday assured Palestinians the U.S. is squarely behind their bid for statehood and urged the sides to refrain from actions "that inflame tensions or prejudice the outcome of talks."
Israel's announcement was widely seen as a slap in the face to its all-important U.S. ally.
Hey, they DO IT ALL the TIME!!
Used to do it to Condi Rice if you remember.
Nobody does, but I do.
Oh, yeah, same is true for that Israeli appendage we call the United States Congress.
It stirred significant anger among U.S. officials and widespread skepticism about whether the Obama administration would have the courage or the backing to take Israel to task as the U.S. relaunches long-stalled peace negotiations.
The future of those talks was called into question late Wednesday when the Arab League recommended withdrawing support for them.
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Finally see the light, did he?
"This is a global message of American weakness and Israeli arrogance," said Palestinian lawmaker Hanan Ashrawi.
Yeah, I THINK EVERYBODY GOT IT!
The vice president's visit had been largely aimed at repairing U.S.-Israeli ties strained over the very same issue now overshadowing Biden's trip....
Translation: He was going to get the administration's marching orders.
Biden condemned the Israeli announcement and pointedly arrived 90 minutes late to a dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Yeah, THAT WILL PUNISH THEM!!
Any SANCTIONS or AID CUT-OFFS coming, Joe?
Obama still signing the checks?
Yeah, he wants to stay alive, doesn't he?
Israel's oblique response to the row -- that Netanyahu was blindsided by the announcement, that no one meant to offend Biden, that in the future the prime minister would make sure sensitive announcements are routed through him -- did not appear likely to put the matter to rest.
You know, the LYING BULLS*** is WORSE than the ACT!!
It WENT THROUGH HIS OFFICE and NEEDED HIS SIGNATURE!!!
This was a DELIBERATE ACT to SHOW the WORLD who is wearing the pants in the "special relationship."
The words of Interior Minister Eli Yishai, whose office ordered the new homes -- "I am very sorry for the embarrassment ... Next time we need to take timing into account" -- only reinforced the feeling that there would in fact be a "next time."
And all these brilliant guys running Israel tone-deaf to public relations?
Sure SELL THEMSELVES VERY WELL at AIPAC and to the U.S. CONgress!!!!
It appears President Barack Obama now has the choice of absorbing the blow or engaging in a politically unpalatable battle with the Israeli leadership, which past U.S. presidents have largely avoided. Obama may be too invested in key domestic problems, the Iran nuclear issue and two wars to walk into that political minefield.
The Palestinians largely lost faith in the U.S. as a broker after Obama tried -- and failed -- to get the hawkish Netanyahu government to stop building on lands Palestinians claim for a future state.
They are NOT the ONLY ONES!!
Plenty of Americans are feeling the same way!
Netanyahu eventually agreed to a construction slowdown rather than a freeze, but that did little to mollify Palestinians....
Why should it?
After 60+ years of being shat on?
And THERE is WHERE the PP cut comes!
Anything worth saving from the cutting room floor?
Ministry spokeswoman Efrat Orbach said the ministry routinely issues announcements of planning decisions immediately after they are taken. This is not the first time that such announcements have dovetailed with visits by top U.S. officials. Plans for hundreds of settlement apartments were announced during the peace mission of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Yeah, DIDN'T I REMARK UPON THAT above?
Israel could end up paying for this slap by seeing amplified U.S. pressure to make concessions....
The condemnation appeared likely to exacerbate a widespread feeling in Israel that Obama is less friendly to the Jewish state than his predecessors.
You better VET YOUR SECURITY SERVICES REAL GOOD, Obama!
Either that or bend over.
Still, Israeli leaders have traditionally been reluctant to openly spar with the United States, and Netanyahu could pay a domestic price....
That's it! I'm sick of swimming in Zionist s***.
The European Union also urged Israel to reverse its decision "and to refrain from unilateral decisions and actions that may jeopardize" negotiations. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband called it a "bad decision at the wrong time." Germany said the plan was "not acceptable" given the two sides' recent agreement to renew talks.
From the windows of his limousine Wednesday, Biden was able to see many of the region's points of contention -- including several enormous east Jerusalem settlements and the towering gray cement slabs of Israel's West Bank separation barrier.
Oh, so JOE took a ONCE-OVER LIMO RIDE to give it a LOOK-SEE, huh?
And we call it the APARTHEID WALL around here, sorry.
In Bethlehem, the city of Jesus' birth, the vice president toured a Palestinian quarry and stopped at a local souvenir shop where he bought a small golden cross.
But Joe is a Zionist!
"How many such visits have we already had?" asked Rizek Qassis, a Palestinian butcher from the nearby town of Beit Jalla, as he watched the scene. "They come, shake hands, go home, and we remain behind, like always."
Just STAY THERE and HOLD ON to that LAND as HARD AS YOU CAN, please!
Obviously, I was disappointed to see this in it place.
"Palestinians blast Israel on East Jerusalem settlement plan; Abbas remains committed to indirect talks" by Ethan Bronner, New York Times | March 11, 2010
RAMALLAH, West Bank — Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. spent Tuesday expressing deep American solidarity with Israel in its quest for security and desire to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons....
Good thing they are not building them, huh?
I mean, we just went through all this crap with Iraq!
Yuli Edelstein, minister of public affairs for Israel, said in an interview.... “Normally our friends in Washington understand....’’
Yeah, I would be watching my back in any event, Obomber.
Just the perception of disobedience will get you killed.
Yes, PLEASE, PLEASE TAKE CARE of yourself, Mr. President.
Yeah, but crapping in our face time and again is no problem, 'eh?
First, the president sent out Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to condemn the Israeli bureaucratic stupidity as an “insult to the United States,’’ and then he sent out spokesmen Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod to continue the assault on Israel, feeding the outrageous nonsense that Israel’s internal debate over how to protect its citizens constituted a threat to American servicemen.
Notably, this was from an administration that had stayed conspicuously silent for 14 months while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refused even to negotiate with Israel, and as Abbas openly pursued a strategy of stonewalling peace talks because he could do so without fear of any consequences. Indeed, the administration has from its inception purchased the proverbial Brooklyn Bridge of Middle East affairs, namely, the false notion that Israeli settlements are the impediment to peace....
Awwww, are you feelin' so sorry for the lying, land-stealing, mass-murdering, war-criminal *ew, dear readers?
By the same token, when the administration resorts to the sort of ugliness that it has over the last week, it raises serious questions among Israelis and others about whether Obama can be trusted to protect the security of Israel.
Interesting word choice, huh?
I hear gunshots and the sound of Joe Biden taking the oath, don't you?
Wow, this is an OPINION PIECE in the BOSTON GLOBE?
When did they become an extreme Zionist outfit?
Oh, right, been one for a long time now.
Yup, ISRAEL'S SECURITY comes BEFORE America's, Obama!!
Why not? I guess that's why they "selected" you for president.
This, in turn, hardens the suspicion of the Israeli right that the president is prepared to sacrifice Israeli security in order to garner the political capital that comes with proclaiming a diplomatic win, and makes it less likely that the right will take risks for peace — at least risks dictated by the United States.
Honestly, I'M TIRED of ZIONIST INSULTS about OUR American PRESIDENT!!!!
Yeah, HE is being POLITICAL!!
No one has a monopoly when it comes to the stupidity market....
Yeah, and this guy just proved it.
the Israeli government managed to make matters worse.
That is the FIRST THING I AGREED WITH!
And now I know he is sunk when the Zionists editorialize for some "tough love."
"Tough love for Israel
Somehow they turn it around to empathic love, watch:
SECRETARY OF State Hillary Clinton delivered the right message to the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Monday night, declaring that America’s commitment to Israel’s security is “rock solid, unwavering, enduring and forever’’
That is why I'm not taking her bulls*** criticism seriously.
By the same token, Obama must recognize that Netanyahu will not take political risks for peace unless the Israeli public is on board.
There is THAT WORD again!
Sort of a subtle signal about who is in control from the Zionist War Daily, isn't it?
So Obama, who reached out to Arabs and other Muslims with his Cairo speech last year, needs to convince Israelis that his current display of tough love is just that — and that the deepest interests of Israelis, Americans, and Palestinians converge in a peace accord based on two states for two peoples.
Translation: nothing is going to change.
And if it does, what tough love will Israel show Obama, hmmm?
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Look, I may be unhappy with the continuation of the Bush presidency; however, LEAVE YOUR MOSSAD MITTS OFF OUR PRESIDENTS, you stinking stain of a state!
I once again IMPLORE President Obama to PLEASE SURROUND YOURSELF with only the MOST TRUSTED CONFIDANTS!!
The first thing you can do is dump that Mossad mole you call a chief of staff!