The election of Democrat presidents is always a cause for celebration among the world’s thugocracies. This is especially true of the current Democrat in the White House, Barack Obama. His unclenched fist is a doctrine reserved for our nation’s enemies, not its friends (just ask Stanley McCrystal). Below, Israel’s ambassador to Washington says the situation between Israel and the U.S. has ‘moved beyond a crisis that eventually passes’, to something more ominous and permanent.
Relations between Israel and its staunchest ally, the US, have suffered a “tectonic rift”, according to Israel’s ambassador to Washington. Michael Oren briefed Israeli diplomats on the sharp deterioration between the countries ahead of Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to the White House early next month.
According to those present, Oren said the situation had moved beyond a crisis that eventually passes. “There is no crisis in Israel-US relations because in a crisis there are ups and downs,” he told the diplomats in Jerusalem. “Relations are in the state of a tectonic rift in which continents are drifting apart.”
His analysis will alarm Israel’s political establishment, which is feeling isolated internationally and under intense pressure to take concrete steps over the blockade of Gaza and settlement building in the West Bank.
Oren said President Barack Obama made judgments about Israel on the basis of cold calculation in contrast to predecessors George W Bush and Bill Clinton, who were motivated by historical and ideological factors. He suggested that Obama was less likely to be influenced by pro-Israel supporters inside or outside the White House. “This is a one-man show,” he was quoted as saying.
Oren’s remarks, reported in the Israeli press and confirmed by officials, go further than comments he made in March after the crisis over an Israeli announcement of a big expansion to a Jerusalem settlement during a visit by US vice-president Joe Biden. Then Oren told colleagues US-Israeli relations were facing their worst crisis for 35 years.
Netanyahu delivered a robust speech to the Israeli parliament last week, warning that the Jewish state’s legitimacy was under attack and criticising the UN and other international bodies for condemning Israeli policies and actions. “They want to strip us of the natural right to defend ourselves. When we defend ourselves against rocket attack, we are accused of war crimes. We cannot board sea vessels when our soldiers are being attacked and fired upon, because that is a war crime.
“They are essentially saying that the Jewish nation does not have the right to defend itself against the most brutal attacks and it doesn’t have the right to prevent additional weapons from entering territories from which it is attacked,” he said.