"What The Hell Do They Want From Me?"


Bibi is discombobulated by the sea-change in Washington. Another Laura Rozen must-read:

According to many observers in Washington and Israel, the Israeli prime minister, looking for loopholes and hidden agreements that have often existed in the past with Washington, has been flummoxed by an unusually united line that has come not just from Obama White House and the secretary of state, but also from pro-Israel congressmen and women who have come through Israel for meetings with him over Memorial Day recess. To Netanyahu's dismay, Obama doesn't appear to have a hidden policy. It is what he said it was.

To actually have an American government and even Congress demanding that Israel actually stop its settlements because they are undermining both Israel's and America's security interests is a real refresher. And Netanyahu is behaving as Indyk noted: "like the boy who killed his parents and then asked for mercy because he was an orphan." He should know who he's dealing with. As Indyk also said,

I think that Bibi suffers from the fact that many people in the Obama administration know him too well: they were there during Clinton’s time. They have not forgotten.

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