The Speech; The Visit; the aftermath
President Obama spoke to the AIPAC conference Sunday. Still doing the exegesis myself. Here is the report in the NYTimes (the comments are always instructive).
Here is M.J. Rosenberg, pretty positive that Obama delivered a message that says the U.S. is in charge of its own military and foreign policy.
What do you decipher?
THE VISIT: From Ha’aretz, Netanyahu’s visit to the WH on Monday: “The Iran issue was the focus of the talks. It permeated everything from the agenda of the one-on-one meeting to Netanyahu’s gift to Obama: a decorated copy of the Book of Esther, which will be read tomorrow night and Thursday morning at Purim services around the world. It recounts the story of the evil Persian King Ahasuerus and his viceroy, Haman, who tried but failed to annihilate the Jewish people.
“Then, too, they wanted to wipe us out,” Netanyahu told the president.” Netanyahu is single-minded. What would Queen Esther say?
THE THREAT! Paul Pilar offers another view: “We Can Live With a Nuclear Iran.” at the Washington Monthly.
Tuesday: The harshest assessment I’ve seen so far: “Natanyahu sat in the Oval Office and once again lectured the president of the United States on the world and the place of the United States in it . He said that Israel trusts nobody. He also said that Israel exists because Gentiles cannot be trusted but that the US and Israel are the same thing. This implies that the US, although untrustworthy as a country is nevertheless at the disposal of Israel for various suitable tasks. The inevitable conclusion of these statement is that the US must obey Israel.” Here
MORE: Israel’s bete noir, Walt and Mersheimer had this to say about Israel’s existential threat: “In fact, the Palestinian issue is the real existential threat to Israel. More than 500,000 Israeli Jews now live in the occupied territories, and continued settlement building will lead to a single state between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean sea. Given demographic trends, this “Greater Israel” could not be both a Jewish state and a full democracy. Instead, it would be an apartheid state, threatening Israel’s legitimacy and long-term survival.” Financial Times