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Folly of 'Stage 1' Thinking
Unlike many, I’ve never seen the United States governments, especially the State Department, as a true friend of the State of Israel.
I remember very well the diplomatic isolation which Israel suffered during the days leading to the 1967 Six Days War. I remember too well that the United Nations immediately acceded to Egypt’s demands that it remove its “peacekeeping” sic forces from the Suez Canal and the silence of the American officials. It was only after Israel’s victory that the United States became friendly, but the State Department was always cold at best.

I also remember the totally mean and antagonistic statements from Bush the Elder’s administration towards Israel. Some Presidents liked Israel more than others, but true allies they never were. Nixon had dreams of Israel begging for help and becoming a sort of protectorate. He and Kissenger were “helping,” both Israel and Egypt during the 1973 Yom Kippur War and had expected a draw where they would be the power to keep the peace. Israel’s victory was not their hope.

So now, the Israeli Labor-Livni post-Zionist party is campaigning that Israelis should vote for them, because they know how to keep the United States happy. And the Americans are saying that Bibi has made mistakes and doesn’t know all that much.

Obama administration on the offensive against “incorrect,” “destructive” prime minister.

Obama loves to blame others, and now all the blame is on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Obama Administration Intensifies Criticism Of Israel’s Netanyahu“He may have a judgment that just may not be correct here,” Kerry said at an appearance before a House panel.
He added: “The prime minister was profoundly forward-leaning and outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq under George W. Bush. We all know what happened with that decision.”
Kerry, while a U.S. senator, voted for the war in Iraq.
Netanyahu is a staunch opponent of talks with Iran, which Israel views as an existential threat.


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Batya Medad blogs at Shiloh Musings.