Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu — a gentleman we here at TVCELI are quite fond of calling “the leader of the free world” — is visiting the United States this week ahead of a visit to the White House and the AIPAC.
Of course, with current events, one would think that the Obama administration would be focused like a laser on events unfolding in Ukraine. Drawing red lines and such to demonstrate to our enemies America’s seriousness of purpose.
…but you would be wrong. Red lines are for America’s friends:
In an hourlong interview Thursday in the Oval Office, Obama, borrowing from the Jewish sage Rabbi Hillel, told me that his message to Netanyahu will be this: “If not now, when? And if not you, Mr. Prime Minister, then who?” He then took a sharper tone, saying that if Netanyahu “does not believe that a peace deal with the Palestinians is the right thing to do for Israel, then he needs to articulate an alternative approach.” He added, “It’s hard to come up with one that’s plausible.”
Peace on whose terms, Mr. President? Will it be a peace arrived or a peace imposed? Moreover, what security guarantees is the world giving to Israel in terms of Iranian disarmament, reducing Hezbollah’s influence in Syria and Lebanon, and finding a willing partner for peace on the Arab and Palestinian street?
“There comes a point where you can’t manage this anymore, and then you start having to make very difficult choices,” Obama said. “Do you resign yourself to what amounts to a permanent occupation of the West Bank? Is that the character of Israel as a state for a long period of time? Do you perpetuate, over the course of a decade or two decades, more and more restrictive policies in terms of Palestinian movement? Do you place restrictions on Arab-Israelis in ways that run counter to Israel’s traditions?”
Fact check. Who started the 1967 Yom Kippur War, again? What sort of “restrictions” should Israel accept so that Obama and Kerry can have a second-term legacy?
Netanyahu will have some tough questions thrown at him by the liberal media. Yet the Israelis know that freedom has a friend in the United States. Hopefully, Netanyahu’s reception will be a warm one despite the snow blanketing the Washington D.C. area this week.