There are limits to friendship. It is true that, to his credit George H Bush stood up to Israel and it is also true that he lost the next presidential election. Israel may need the US but the US does not really need Israel. However, as the recent pantomine in the US Congress shows, American politicans need to show support for Israel to ensure that Jewish funds flow through to election coffers. I don't think that Obama is anyway obliged to risk the wrath of AIPAC and thus his chances at re-election to pull Israel into line. The price is just too high. Sometimes you have to let your friends hit rock bottom. If Israel is rushing towards the abyss, then so be it, just don't Obama with you.
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