This is a developing story.08:40 07.02.16 | 0 comments
Dino, you are making a mistake here. "Snubbing" is not a diplomatic term and is not used by Israeli diplomats. Refusing to meet with a foreign official who is acting against what Israel sees as its national interest is a fair measure. Nobody gets "insulted"; everybody understands the issue. The question is not whether "snubbing" itself is right or wrong, but whether Israeli policy with respect to the new national unity government is wise or not. I happen to think it is unwise. But the Olmert government always lags behind the rest of the world in its wisdom. We have to see how the Europeans end up behaving and how the US does. Eventually, Israel will follow the US. This is not wise in principle; a country should devise policies that promote its interests. But what can we do? Olmert is Olmert (and Bush is Bush).