I’m of the mind that the crisis in the middle east is best left to those directly involved– simply because it’s too much of a conflation of fear, dishonesty, anger, stubbornness, and bitterness. It’s strangling debate and beating down some Israeli citizens:
As an Israeli citizen, I want to thank you for this post. You should know that many Israelis actually do understand that we should go back to 67′ borders, but the environment here is so toxic – Not unlike what the far right has done in America - that you just can’t say anything out loud or you’ll be denounce as almost Antisemitic. What’s going on here is awful, Bibi is taking us straight to hell. It’s amazing to think that if Ulmert was still in charge, he would have cut a deal with Obama a year ago. What a waste to finally have an American president who is so sincere, serious and decent, at a time when there’s no leader, no vision and no hope in Israel.
What path is Netanyahu leading his country down? Aside from his utter disdain and hatred of the Palestinians–and his obvious contempt for this administration– there is no clear path toward compromise being discussed by Netanyahu and his government. It’s a pity really. Why is Netanyahu not held responsible for devising a plan to achieve peace? Why are his belligerent attacks on an American president tolerated–and why are they universally accepted by the American media and Washington? Apparently Netanyahu is unaware of the dynamic that has formed here. It is Israel that needs America, not the other way around. His lack of respect and humiliatingly failing attempts at bullying this president are appalling.
When has a foreign official or government ever been able to guide the hand of an American administration in crafting policy? Were this Merkel, Sarkozy, or Medvedev–what tempest would their interference stir from the opposition in America? They not only would continue to demagogue his presidency, they would ratchet up their isolation and continue berating him as weak-kneed.
The relationship the United States has with Israel is not worth the U.S. ceding power or authority. No foreign power should ever dictate any policy of this country. Conservatives and the pro-Israeli lobby should actually be supporting the president here. He is attempting to show strength in the face of indomitable ambivalence and arrogance. Yet it seems anathema for any conservative to lend any support to this president here. After all, Washington is built on a foundation of hypocrisy and duplicity.
The reality here is something quite different. This process is not about lip service or acquiescence; it’s about patience. It’s about compromise. It is about tough choices and the earnest discussion that must be had by all parties involved. It is about rational thought which does not suffer fools. It’s simply about the truth, and have the balls to listen to it.