May 13, 2009

WHICH BEGS THE QUESTION...:

Crisis of confidence in US-Israel ties (Kaveh L Afrasiabi, 5/14/09, Asia Times)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Washington on May 18 and, by all indications, for the first time in many decades his White House trip coincides with a growing crisis of confidence in relations between the United States and Israel.

Spoiled by eight years of unconditional support by the previous administration of George W Bush, who was hailed in Israel as the "staunchest pro-Israel US president" in Israel's 60-year history, the Israeli government must now face the reality that the US can no longer afford to support its policies against the Palestinians without suffering serious backlashes against its interests in the Middle East.


...when has the US ever had a better 8 years in the Middle East than W's? Even if you set aside the liberation of Iraq and Afghanistan you still have things like Libya coming in from the Cold and Syria begging to be allowed to--though W wisely refused them--as well as favorable election results in Indonesia, Palestine and Pakistan and the establishment of a firm alliance with India on the Eastern Front.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 13, 2009 6:24 AM
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