February 25, 2015

THINKING?:

Another Unforced Error for Netanyahu (Jonathan S. Tobin, 02.25.2015, Commentary)

What was Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu thinking when he rejected an invitation from Senate Democrats to speak to a private meeting of their caucus? Netanyahu's rationale is that he only wants to speak to bipartisan groups rather than to meet with either Democrats or Republicans and thereby be drawn into America's partisan disputes. But by publicly rejecting what seems like an olive branch from Democrats, he is doing just the opposite. Rather than uphold the bipartisan nature of the pro-Israel coalition in Washington, the prime minister's refusal is being interpreted as another snub to President Obama's party after his decision to accept an invitation to speak to a joint session of Congress from House Speaker John Boehner without consulting with the White House. Just when you thought this story couldn't get any worse for Netanyahu--at least as far as the way it is perceived in the United States--the Israeli leader dug himself and his country a slightly deeper hole in yet another unforced error.


The great recent tragedy of the Middle East was Ariel Sharon's stroke.

Posted by at February 25, 2015 12:25 PM
  

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