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Is the Special Relationship Unraveling?
I just finished reading Richard Beeston's take on the US-Israeli tensions over Ramat Shlomo.
According to Beeston, there are "other voices" in Washington "openly questioning Israel's value as a strategic ally." General David Petraeus is the only name dropped.
The Pentagon may be coming to the conclusion that the failure to achieve an Arab-Israeli peace deal is the best recruiting sergeant for militant Islam. Live footage of Palestinians being beaten or shot by Israeli troops are beamed around the region on satellite news channels. They can whip up public fury and angry sermons from Cairo to Kabul. America may not be directly involved in these incidents but it is blamed for arming and funding Israel and providing the Jewish state with diplomatic cover at the United Nations. If America’s unwavering support for Israel is endangering the lives of US troops in Kandahar or Baghdad, then the Jewish state has a problem.
That goes way beyond a spat with one US administration.
The underlining principles behind American support for Israel go much deeper: democracy, Judeo-Christian values, individual rights such as the freedom to speak, protest, and pray, and a sense of idealism. They're the reason a very recent Gallup Poll found American public support for Israel at a near all-time high of 63 percent.
Announcing the development of 1,600 homes during a Vice Presidential visit was careless and somewhat insulting. But at least the Wall St. Journal kept some perspective:
Since nobody is defending the Israeli announcement, least of all an obviously embarrassed Israeli government, it's difficult to see why the Administration has chosen this occasion to spark a full-blown diplomatic crisis with its most reliable Middle Eastern ally.
For further food for thought, this Haaretz commentary lists a few reasons why the US response to Ramat Shlomo is excessive. Among them:
- The majority of Israelis support Jewish development in eastern Jerusalem.
- Netanyahu really wasn't aware of the bureaucratic approval granted.
- The White House underestimated Netanyahu's public approval thanks to the strident headlines generated by an Israeli newspaper war.
- "Afghans don't care about Ramat Shlomo, or about the Palestinians and Netanyahu . . . the seven-year presence of American forces on Iraqi soil is a good enough excuse to attack Americans."
- The heavy-handed response emboldens Palestinian intransigence.
What do you think?
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Why should the Israeli government be embarrassed- Why should America dictate with respect to the building of houses in Jerusalem-
Its Israel's capital for goodness sake.
East Jerusalem as-well as Judea and Samaria were taken from Jordan during the war of 67- Not from "Palestinians"
Well those bureaucrats in the pentagon are quite ignorant and have shown they know nothing about islam. Which isn't suprising considering these are the same people who are in denial that the fort hood jihadist was acting in the name of islam and ignored the warning signs prior to the massacre. It is THEY not Israel who are putting the lives of American soldiers at risk. Not to mention the rigid rules of engagement our soldiers are forced to deal with.
muslim jihadists have massacred hundreds of Christians in Nigeria, are murdering Coptic Christians in Egypt, are committing genocide in the Sudan, are waging jihad throughout Africa and in India and Kashmir, the Philippines, Thailand. Muslims are burning churches in Malaysia and Indonesia and Kosovo, are rioting and waging jihad on the streets of Europe and everywhere else they are the majority or constitute as significant proportion of a country’s population. I'd like the pentagon to explain how any of this global muslim violence has anything to do with Israel.
Finally after Obama's speach in front of the AIPC the day before he was elected where he promised "Jerusalem will not be divided", we are finally seeing what he meant and just how much he was lying.
The current Democratic appeasement policy and burying their heads in the sand when it comes to how Islamic Jihad operates and what it means to their people is both a major setback and a defunct policy in fighting this scourge, whcih is what we have come to expect from Democrats.
The sad part is to notice how many Jews are on the bandwagon.