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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Friday, June 05, 2009

You're telling me they all stood up to the Israelis?

If true, Wow. From Haaretz,
It is a disentanglement now seen most clearly in Congress, which in the past served as Israel's stronghold against administration pressure on the issue. But when Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu came to Capitol Hill for a May 18 meeting after being pressed by President Obama to freeze the expansion of West Bank settlements, he was "stunned," Netanyahu aides said, to hear what seemed like a well-coordinated attack against his stand on settlements. The criticism came from congressional leaders, key lawmakers dealing with foreign relations and even from a group of Jewish members....

The Israeli prime minister also found little support for his position on settlements from the organized Jewish community. Jewish communal groups have largely remained silent and did not spring to Netanyahu?s defense.

Admittedly, this shift is just on settlements, not the myriad other issues, but it would still mark something of a sea change if it holds.


  • If you will excuse a generalization I think American Jews are seen as naive in Israel.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:55 AM  

  • I think you catch it in generalization. We often take the shortcut of calling the governing party "Israel," when in fact there's a much broader spectrum.

    Yes, by the Likud folks and the hawks, this is considered naive, BUT by the necons and Cheney, we're naive, and there are plenty of other folks who disagree, you know?

    (I've been thinking I need to get around that "Israel says" shorthand.)

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:26 AM  

  • Maybe but there was something like 90% approval for the attack on Gaza. And we don't hear much from Israeli peace groups these days.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:37 AM  

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