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    • Dan
    • 20.06.14 | 04:12 (IDT)

    The article suggests it’s a problem that American Jewish organizations have lesser White House influence and thus (it is implied) less leverage than ever vis-à-vis the White House. I would suggest that the reverse is true: that here you have one of the most antipathetic administrations to the sitting Israeli government in many years, yet the White House is totally boxed in in terms of Congress and the American public attacking it if it does the slightest thing against Israel. Obama is hamstrung, not the other way around. Secondly, what pressure do you suggest can/should be brought on Abbas? He has already condemned the kidnapping, cooperated with Israel as fully as possible, all but vowed to destroy Hamas in the West Bank/Judea & Samaria, and all but declared the unity government dead. So, pressure to do what exactly? In other words, Israel is acting (and very aggressively) generally unconstrained by the White House; the minute Obama voices the slightest pressure he’ll be attacked by John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and every Republican presidential hopeful; Abbas is doing everything asked of him; and Israel is moving unconstrained. Sounds to me like we’re in pretty good field position. I don’t see the crisis you imply.

    from the article: U.S. Jewish organizations: Too weak to be their brother's keeper?
    First published 02:39 20.06.14 | Last updated 02:39 20.06.14
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