Divesting from Israel UPDATE

Tom Friedman on an Israeli TV show had this to say about Israeli-U.S. relations: " You are losing the American people," Friedman warned. "Not to dislike, not to opposition - they are fed up, fed up with the Palestinians, believe me, fed up with the Mideast in general."But they're also fed up with Israel. When they see their president working hard to try to tee up an opportunity. All we're asking is just test - go all the way to test whether you have a real partner." http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/a-special-place-in-hell/bibi-tom-friedman-and-u-s-jews-divesting-from-israel-1.323586Since I'm never sure Friedman knows what he's talking about, I have to wonder if he knows what he's talking about here.UPDATE: And if you're into the Realpolitik view of foreign relations, here is Stephen Walt on the subject: "Indonesia is a potentially crucial partner for the United States (if you want to see why, take a look at the sea lanes in Southeast Asia), and it is also a moderate Muslim country with history of toleration. Yet the Palestinian issue resonates there too, and makes it harder for the Indonesian government to openly embrace the United States. As Kaplan notes in his Times op-ed, "China also plays on the tension between the West and global Islam in order to limit American influence there. That is why President Obama's mission to rebrand America in the eyes of Muslims carries benefits that go far beyond Indonesia and the Middle East." http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/blog/2072

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.

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