Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress next week has led to much talk of a rift between the Israeli prime minister and the US president, and even between their two countries. Tuesday, national security adviser Susan E. Rice said the growing partisanship regarding Israel is "destructive of the fabric of the relationship."
But what all this sound and fury misses is that for the Palestinians there is no meaningful Obama-Netanyahu rift.
But wait! There IS a rift between Obama and what's-his-name. You can see The Rift now being performed at your local AIPAC Playhouse. Don't worry about getting a ticket. The US government has made a group purchase for all US citizens at a cost of $3 trillion.
Enjoy. You're paying for it.
This is another Madeleine Albright style "WE think it was worth it" moment (as taken from the article):
"The next day, after disappointed Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas signed the treaty acceding to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Obama's State Department declared itself "deeply troubled," accusing Palestinians of an "escalatory step" that "badly damages the atmosphere with the very people with whom they ultimately need to make peace."
Power said the Palestinian move "really poses a profound threat to Israel."
These words are perverse. Israel's 51-day long attack on Gaza that left more than 2,200 people dead didn't "damage the atmosphere" as far as the Obama administration was concerned, but any Palestinian effort to use international bodies in pursuit of justice and accountability is tantamount to an act of war.
I challenge Ms. Power to go and repeat her words to any of the 100,000 Palestinians in Gaza still living in the damp and freezing rubble of their homes, to the surviving parents of more than 500 children killed in the Israeli attack, or to the thousands who will live with lifelong injuries."
And relating to this:
"Neither the ambassador nor her president has commented on the findings of Amnesty International, which said that Israel "brazenly flouted the laws of war by carrying out a series of attacks on civilian homes, displaying callous indifference to the carnage caused."
The problem is that the entire canard that led to the free-for-all in the Middle East is itself emblematic of this very thing, up to and including the drone strikes that take out 70 civilians for every 30 purported (after the fact, sans evidence) enemy combatant targets.
In a just world NONE of this aggression would be going on, or supported by the Press, heads of nations, and even religious figures of authority.
This is a post-justice phase, but out of its broken, wounded carcass, the flower of what's next will take root and grow.
Theatre of the amorally absurd
For Suffering Palestinians, the Obama-Netanyahu "Rift" Is a Side Show
The headline says it all, really.
Dear Senator Stabenow, Feb 28, 2015
Thank you for responding to my recent letter. However, I do have some additional concerns.
If peace in the Middle East is one of your primary goals, I feel that backing Netanyahu is not the way to achieve it. He has stated openly that his goal in coming to Washington is to derail the negotiations with Iran which would force us to use military force to curtail their nuclear program. He is not a man of peace. Recently, he tried to convince us to bomb Syria, because of some imaginary red line in his head that had been crossed. He advocated our entry into the Iraq War. His devastation of Gaza was so horrific that many feel he should be brought before the International Criminal Court. Despite having a 30:1 kill ratio in their favor during the attack on Gaza, he vainly attempted to portray Israel as the victim. Further, his expansion of the settlements in the West Bank has made a two state solution next to impossible.
Because of his past behavior, I feel that not attending his speech before Congress might have a sobering effect on him. It would be a very mild slap on the wrist, but it might get him to see that we are not going to jump to his every whim. He is not the President of the United States, and he can't get away with insulting the man who is. His antics and hubris border on the unbelievable. They most certainly will add to the strain on U.S. - Israeli relationship. Please don't let Israel pull us into yet another war.
Oh, but Bibi IS the president of U.S. foreign policy. AIPAC sets his agenda and congress leaps to their feet to pay obeisance to this murdering thug. The WAR MACHINE which is Israel systematically slaughters Palestinians periodically using the pretense of 'missle attacks' to cull the Arab herd. The Hague is too civilized for the Yahoo.