Bibi's Big Blunder

Gary Rosenblatt, the editor of The New York Jewish Week, is scratching his head at Prime Minister Netanyahu's penchant for scoring on his own goal:

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had an excellent response to President Obama's major speech on the Arab world and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. But it came two days too late, and the net result is another hasbara (propagandistical publicity -- ed.) disaster for Jerusalem.

Netanyahu said on Saturday that Obama had "shown his commitment to Israel's security, both in word and deed," in Thursday's Presidential speech, adding: "We are working with the administration to achieve common goals."

Why couldn't he have said that on Thursday, instead of immediately rejecting Obama's views on moving peace talks forward?

And for more on Bibi's performance, please see James Fallows' post, The Dick Cheney of Israel. I'm not sure, but I don't think he means it as a compliment.


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