Perspective on American power - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
  • p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '1'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap
    • Reluctor Dominatus
    • 27.06.10 | 04:39 (IDT)

    When the "Freedom Flotiila" incident inflammed the world most Americans were already of the mind that those onboard those ships deserved whatever dire fate awaited at the hands of the IDF. When the videos showing what Israeli commandos had to endure came to light the reaction was almost universally incredulity given the world's reaction. Americans always have a habit of saying..."what if that were me" when making their judgements. Most were wondering why the IDF was using paint balls! That coupled with an almost 90% negative feeling toward the Palestinians resulted in a solid 70% + polling of support for Israel. The only place there was a lack of support was the 30% hard core left supporters of Obama and his cadre...and Obama himself. If Oren has come away from Washington thinking there has been a "tectonic" shift it was because he was on the soft ground of the politicians and their ideologies and he let them shake him up. Israel does not have the luxury 10 years to turn around what some perceive as a PR problem. Political strategy is critical at this point; don't trust Obama or Congress to do anything but get in the way of what Israel knows is in Israel's best interest. Take it to the American people without saying a single word to them. By that I mean act and let the chips fall where they may. It was not AIPAC that secured the signatures on the letter of support from congress, it was fear of the American people who rightly believe the government has lost conviction and a moral compass. It may be hell for Israel while all hell breaks out in the United States when you do act...but the dust will settle in Israel's favor. Have a little faith...there's a reason the Mexican drug cartels don't lob missles and mortars (or even snipe) across the border; all hell would break out and not one politician in Washington would show himself in Texas or Arizona until every cartel shooter was dead and every weapon was siezed 50 miles deep into Mexico. Americans don't understand why Israel puts up with 50K missles in Lebanon and Americans really don't care that Obama doesn't get it. Shape your field while you still have the chance.

    from the article: Envoy to U.S. Michael Oren denies saying Israel, U.S. drifting apart
    First published 01:50 27.06.10 | Last updated 01:50 27.06.10
Haaretz Headlines
Palestinian Hamas militants march in front of a mock burnt Israeli bus during an anti-Israel rally

Gaza tensions rising as Israel gains edge over Hamas tunnels

Hamas is under pressure twice over, from both the worsening domestic situation in the Strip and the militant organization potentially losing its main threat against Israel.

Ted Cruz announcing the suspension of his presidential campaign in Indianapolis, Indiana, May 3, 201

Cruz suspends campaign after Trump's Indiana win

Trump virtually clinches Republican presidential nomination; Bernie Sanders wins Indiana Democratic primary.

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Opposition MKs doubt Herzog will join Netanyahu’s coalition

Herzog hasn't explicitly ruled out joining coalition, and is keeping talks on the matter from his colleagues. Herzog 'knows full well that there is a hard core of MKs in the party who will not allow this maneuver,' Zionist Union lawmaker says.

Border police photographed at Qalandiyah shortly after last week's two deadly shootings.

Palestinian father tries to make sense of two offspring killed in Qalandiyah

'Let's say she had a knife even if she had a cannon – why couldn't they shoot her in the legs? And why did they shoot her brother? Why did they kill them both?,' dad of slain 16 and 26 year old says.