Her position helps clear up another reason why so many of us were terrified last year that she might get her hands near a nuclear button, thanks to John McCain. Since Obama took office, the White House has for the first time in many, many years actually tried seriously to get Israel to stop engaging in daily provocation of the people they will one day have to make peace with by stopping settlement construction. The Israeli government, contemptuous of the new administration, has given the US the finger again.
Today, in an even more brazen act of anti-American defiance, we read this:
The cornerstone-laying ceremony at Nof Zion took place a day after the Israeli authorities moved ahead with plans for the expansion of Gilo, a Jewish residential district in south Jerusalem also on land captured in the 1967 war. The plans for 900 more housing units drew a sharp rebuke from the White House.
The contempt for the US president and contempt for the Palestinians is revealed in this Goldblog email:
Gilo is so much a part of the Israeli consensus that even a Meretz member of the Jerusalem City Council told Army Radio this morning that it is integral part of Jerusalem and that Israel has every right to build there.
The criterion here is not what America might think, or the Palestinians might think, but just where the Israeli consensus is. That's all that matters - even to American commentators. And all this is designed, of course, to prevent any future two-state solution.