Should Israel's PM address Congress, v. Obama?....
Yes he should, writes WSJ pundit Bret Stephens. He recounts some slights Team Obama committed at Israel's expense. Then he argues:
This history is worth recalling because it underscores the unpleasant truth about America in the age of Obama. The president collects hard favors from allies and repays them with neglect and derision. He is eager to accommodate the political needs of authoritarian leaders like Iran’s Hasan Rouhani but has no use for the political needs of elected leaders like Mr. Netanyahu. He believes that it is for other statesmen to stake their political lives and risk their national future for the sake of a moral principle—at least as Mr. Obama defines that principle. As for him, the only thing sacred is his own political convenience.
This is the mentality of a peevish and callow potentate. Not the least of the reasons Mr. Netanyahu must not give in to pressure to cancel his speech is that he could expect to get nothing out of it from the administration, while humiliating Mr. Boehner in the bargain.
Mr. Netanyahu also needs to speak because Congress deserves an unvarnished account of the choice to which Mr. Obama proposes to put Israel: either accede to continued diplomacy with Iran, and therefore its de facto nuclearization; or strike Iran militarily in defiance of the U.S. and Mr. Obama’s concordat with Tehran. A congressional vote in favor of Kirk-Menendez would at least make good on Mr. Obama’s unmet promise not to use talks as “an excuse for inaction.”
Israel cannot count on, BS writes, continued US friendship if "it acts like a fretful and obedient client to a cavalier American patron." Israel must seek respect, not love, from US administrations.
Let me add a few items: (1) in 2011, while Israeli PM Netanyahu was in an airplane over the Atlantic, the administration repudiated the 1967 UN Security Council Resolution 242, which called for Israel to give up less than all the territory it acquired in the 1967 Six-Day War; (2) in 2013 Team Obama did not demand that the Palestinians abandon their bypass of the Oslo Accords, which required negotiations between the parties; (3) in 2014, during the Gaza War, Team Obama stood by while Israel's sole international airport was shut down, and then but off routine resupply of ammunition, to force Israel to end its efforts to destroy Hamas: (4) despite Hamas--already preparing for the next war--having used human shields behind which they fired rockets into Israel, having dug massive "terror tunnels" with materials Obama pressured Israel to allow into Gaza, and despite Israel's having taken greater precautions than even the US to minimize civilian casualties, President Obama & his minions condemned Israel for using excessive force to defend itself against naked, patently illegal aggression and countless war crimes; (5) Obama pursues a grand bargain with Iran that will leave the mullahs with a few months breakout to field a nuclear bomb.
Bottom Line. Israel's back is to the wall. It must state is case to Congress and, hence, directly to the American public. It faces an administration determined to shove Israel into making maximum concessions without any assurance of reciprocity, and determined to make a deal with Iran in reckless disregard of civilizational risk to Israel from an Iranian bomb.
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