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    Absurd Overreaction To What Netanyahu “Expects”

    Absurd Overreaction To What Netanyahu “Expects”

    Jeffrey Goldberg writes a ridiculous article expressing indignation that Bibi Netanyahu used the word “expect” in connection with U.S. policy towards Israel, Dear Mr. Netanyahu, Please Don’t Speak to My President That Way:

    For whatever reason, I tend to react strongly when a foreign leader disrespects the United States, and its President. I didn’t like it when Hugo Chavez of Venezuela insulted President Bush; I don’t like listening to Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan lecture the U.S. on its sins, and I’m not happy when certain Pakistani leaders gin-up righteous indignation about American behavior when it was their country that served as a refuge for the greatest mass murderer in American history.

    And so I was similarly taken aback when I read a statement from Prime Minister Netanyahu yesterday that he “expects to hear a reaffirmation from President Obama of U.S. commitments made to Israel in 2004, which were overwhelmingly supported by both House of Congress.”
    So Netanyahu “expects” to hear this from the President of the United States? And if President Obama doesn’t walk back the speech, what will Netanyahu do? Will he cut off Israeli military aid to the U.S.? Will he cease to fight for the U.S. in the United Nations, and in the many international forums that treat Israel as a pariah?

    I don’t like this word, “expect.”

    I’ve been tweeting about this nonsense all morning, and in response David Harsanyi pointed out that Goldberg’s reading was not correct, and “it seems to me he [Netanyahu] meant “expect” as in “likely to happen,” not as a demand.”

    But what if Netanyahu did use the word “expect” as a demand.  Is it so wrong for a foreign leader to “expect” that the U.S. will honor prior security assurances?

    And particularly in this case, where those assurance were given as an inducement for Israel to leave Gaza (we know how that worked out), is it so outrageous for Israel to “expect” the U.S. to keep its word?  I would expect nothing less from my president.

    Goldberg implies that it is not patriotic — against “my president” — for supporters of Israel to abide by Netanyahu’s expectations.  To the contrary, it is very patriotic for Americans to “expect” that “their president” will honor commitments made by prior presidents to allies.

    Andrew Sullivan makes a good point in response to Goldberg’s article, that Obama may be trying to lure Nethanyahu into a self-destructive confrontation:

    Don’t push your luck, Bibi. Others have with Obama and they have learned that he is often more canny than they are with political jujitsu. Obama’s usual tactic: gently and subtly prompting his foes to self-destruct. I just hope that in this critical juncture in the Middle East, Netanyahu doesn’t take his country with him.

    If Goldberg’s hyper-reaction is any indication, Obama’s jujitsu may be working, at least on some supporters of Israel.

    Update:  John Guardiano at The American Spectator hearts Goldberg’s indignation:

     That’s not a smart move on Bibi’s part, because disrespecting our president compels American Israeli supporters such as myself to rally to Obama’s side.

    Why does an ally “expecting” us to keep our word demand that we rally to Obama’s side.  I’m not seeing disrespect in an ally saying it expects us to keep our word; would it be better if our allies expected us not to keep our word?  Would it be better if security assurances by an American president meant nothing?

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    I kind of look at this in another way than the nimrod who wrote that commentary. In fact, I'd like to ask the president to quit speaking to our allies as if they were unruly children. After all, since he's come into office the only unruly children I've seen on the political stage have been members the Obama administration and Obama himself.

    As for his desire that negotiations take place with an eye to the 1967 borders.. too bad so sad. See.. what happens when you attack someone and they kick your behind and move into your land is, unless you negotiate to KEEP said land, that land no longer belongs to you. That's how it has been since folks have been doing things forever.

    And if President Obama doesn't walk back the speech, what will Netanyahu do? Will he cut off Israeli military aid to the U.S.? Will he cease to fight for the U.S. in the United Nations, and in the many international forums that treat Israel as a pariah?

    and there you have it, the de facto admission via Goldberg that making people into victims or perceive themselves as victims is the international policy of Obama.

    The typical Obama MO, the middle finger shown here is that Israel has no place to go and must do as it is told.

    My advice to Bibi, wait out Obama to January 2013 when a new POTUS takes office. In the meantime, at every opportunity give Obama the figurative middle finger by making him look like the incompetent boob he is. Have the Mossad get all the intelligence you can on Hamas and the PLO, Obama's new buddies, and make their plans PUBLIC. Each time Hamas is exposed, it will humiliate Obama as a bank shot as he is the one condoning their actions. This is especially true for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, that saintly group of all around nice guys who have taken vows of nonviolence which Obama's director of intelligence would have everyone believe.

    Bibi, it's war by unconventional means, PR, and nothing hurts a liberal like the public exposure of bad press, corruption and inconvenient associations.

    Obama may well have been trying to bait Netenyahu. The attacks on Netenyahu's comments were quite likely part of a previously arranged concerted attack here and Israel designed to oust Netenyahu.

    But I doubt Obama and his allies expected the furore in Israel over Obama's speech, nor Netenyahu's reasoned defence of Israel during the press conference.

    These people rely upon the lie to advance their agenda, and Netenyahu shined the smallest light on the subject.

    Can someone please tell me which foes have self-destructed on Obama's canny, gentle and subtle prompting?

    I'm not sure Netenyahu could say much of anything about Obama that I wouldn't already share the opinion about.

    I second the above remarks of just about everybody. Obama has been a huge disappointment, a terrible mistake, and a grave danger to our allies.

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