January 20, 2010

WHAT'S BAD FOR THE DEMOCRATS IS GOOD FOR THE JEWS:

Obama's lost senate seat is a victory for Netanyahu (Aluf Benn, 1/20/10, Haaretz)

No Israeli politician matches his steps to the political goings-on in the U.S. as much as Netanyahu. He dragged out negotiations over the settlement freeze and then decided it would last for 10 months and end in September - just in time for U.S. Congressional elections in which Democrats are expected to suffer heavy losses.

Netanyahu understood he must withstand the pressure until his right-wing supporters recapture a position of power on Capitol Hill and work to rein in the White House's political activities. The election in Massachusetts, one of the most liberal states in America, will from this moment on be a burden for Obama.

Proponents of the peace process will view this as a missed opportunity for Obama, who spent his first year in office on fruitless diplomatic moves that failed to restart talks between Israel and the Palestinians. From now on, it will be harder for Obama. Congressional support is essential to the political process and in the current political atmosphere in the U.S. - in which the parties are especially polarized - Netanyahu can rely on Republican support to thwart pressure on Israel.


You don't realize how thoroughly American culture dominates the globe until you see how obsessively our elections are followed abroad.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 20, 2010 12:52 PM
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