by Caroline B. Glick
Actually, Obama may have done
There is an element of irony in the current crisis of relations between the Obama administration and
On the other hand on most issues, there is substantive continuity between Obama's
The reason relations are so bad of course is because Obama has opted to attack
Finally there is was the report this week in Politico in which nameless administration sources accused National Security Council member Denis Ross of "dual loyalties." Ross of course has won fame for his career of pressuring successive Israeli governments into giving unreciprocated concessions to Palestinian terrorists. Still, in the view of his indignant opponents in the Obama White House, due to his insufficient hostility to the Israeli government, Ross is a traitor. If Ross wants to be treated like a real American, he needs to join Obama in his open bid to overthrow the elected government of
These moves would be sufficient to throw US-Israel relations into a tailspin. When combined with the administration's ultimatum demanding a moratorium on Jewish construction in Jerusalem and its threat to coerce Israel into accepting an Obama plan for Palestinian statehood that will imperil Israel's security, it becomes abundantly clear that there is no way to make this crisis go away. There is a crisis in US relations with
And yet, when Obama's personal animus is set aside and one examines the substance of his actual policies, ironically, there is little difference between the current administration's policies and those of its immediate predecessor.
In his second term in office, Bush ignored the significance of Hamas's electoral victory in January 2006 and its takeover of
From 2004, the Bush administration sought to appease
Bush personally rejected repeated Israeli requests to purchase refueling aircraft and bunker buster bombs necessary for attacking
Despite Syria's open sponsorship of the insurgency in Iraq, its strategic alliance with Iran, as well as its sponsorship of Hizbullah, Hamas and al Qaida in Iraq and Lebanon, the Bush administration sought to prevent Israel from destroying Syria's Iranian-financed, North Korean-built nuclear facility. After
Finally, the Bush administration denied the inherent hostility of the Islamist government in
With Obama of course, things are different. Probably if Obama treated
Although unsettling, this dismal state of affairs has a bright side. It provides
In the hope of winning over the Obama administration,
This week Senator John Kerry travelled to
As to the Palestinians, rather than succumb to US demands in the interest of starting doomed-to-fail negotiations with
Instead of pretending that begging these impotent adversaries for peace serves its interests,
Ironically, all of these policies are consonant not only with
Repeated polls have shown that the American public supports an Israeli strike against
Although much maligned, Emmanuel's call not to let a good crisis go to waste can be taken as a crass way of saying that every cloud has a silver lining.
Caroline B. Glick is the senior Middle East Fellow at the Center for Security Policy in
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