by Daniel Pipes
On the surface, that the Obama administration decided one fine day to pick a fight with the government of
A closer look, however, suggests that this gratuitous little spat might turn out better for
(1) It concerns not a life-and-death issue, such as the menace of
(2) If Obama et al. hope to bring down Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government, they can't count Knesset seats. Peeling away Labor will lead to its replacement by rightist parties.
(3) An Israeli consensus exists to maintain sovereignty over eastern
(5) A recent poll of American voters shows an astonishing 8-to-1 sympathy for Israel over the Palestinians, so picking a fight with Israel harms Obama politically – precisely what a president sinking in the polls and attempting to transform one-sixth of the economy does not need.
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