Our friends in Israel are apparently concerned that Obama will pressure Bibi to curtail settlements. Demonstrating outside chez Bibi, Israelis declare:
“People tell us that it is impossible to stand up against American pressure; there is no bigger lie,” yelled out Dani Dayan, who heads the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, which helped to organize the event. It was timed to coincide with US envoy George Mitchell’s visit to Israel.
Netanyahu’s government should be concerned with its election promises to support the settlements, rather than with its obligations to the US, Dayan said. This government has an obligation to return Israel to the Zionist path of settling the land, he said.
Prior to the rally Dayan told The Jerusalem Post he hoped “Netanyahu will learn lessons from those who preceded him.”
He added that “David Ben-Gurion founded Israel in spite of American pressure… Menachem Begin destroyed Osirak in spite of American opposition, and Yitzhak Shamir rejected American demands to stop construction.”
Demonstrators held signs that said, “Yes to Israeli Independence! No to American Demands!” Other signs read, “Israel will not fold.”
Holding aloft a banner bearing the legend “Stop Screwing Israel,” Zvi November of Ramat Eshkol in Jerusalem told the Post: “All of the land of Israel belongs to Am Yisrael… There are 22 Arab states comprising five and a quarter million square miles of land – they don’t need ours.”
Someone needs to remind them with whom they are dealing. It would save alot of drama. The American ‘Realists’ have gotten the message already. “Ch-ch-changes” is just an old Bowie tune. As our friends at TPMCafe note:
The venerable Landrum Bolling has produced a new video, New Hope for Peace: What America Must Do To End The Israel-Palestine Conflict, that looks aimed directly at the Obama White House. In it Bolling interviews Jimmy Carter, James Baker, Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski, all of whom offer their advice for the current Obama efforts. There seems to be tinge of concern that the administration isn’t willing to do what needs to be done.
Gee, ya think? People are policy after all, followed closely by campaign donations. We’d love to be there outside Bibi’s digs now. We’d offer some chill advice (for free), hand out the rave bracelets and get Oakenfold or someone to do some mixes. Bring it all down mellow easy. They missed the birther joyride, but if the Israeli Right plays their cards smartly, together with Dennis Ross they can look forward to the culmination of the Obama/Mitchell initiative — Bibi and Abbas hoisting a beverage at the White House. Naturally, after Gates and the po po clear out.