The recent verbal attack by Obama on Israel, together with the accusatory British behaviour, has certainly put increased pressure on Netanyahu and his government. However, the government has to doubly ensure that its decisions are in Israel’s best interests, not those of the U.S.A.
It is by no means the first time that Israel has had to stand tall diplomatically – Ariel Sharon famously warned Bush that Israel was not prepared to play the 1938 role of Czechoslovakia.
Yet, Israel has often seemed too self-effacing in its dealings with other countries – the apologetic behaviour towards Turkey is one example.
Marla Braverman in her recent article in Azure, entitled A State in need of a spine provides an excellent overview of Israel’s often meek approach, and cautions as to its dangers. In contrast to the “spineless” examples, she praises the time when “Former prime minister Menachem Begin faced just such a challenge in 1982, when American president Ronald Reagan suspended his country’s strategic cooperation agreement with Israel after the Jewish state applied its law to the Golan Heights, a territory it captured from Syria in the Six Day War. This punitive measure prompted Begin to cancel the agreement altogether and respond in anger, “Are we a vassal state of yours? Are we a banana republic? Are we fourteen-year-olds who, if we misbehave, get our wrists slapped?”
Undoubtably, Israel’s leaders are also very much factoring Iran into the equation; and as Greg Sheridan recently pointed out in the Australian, the diplomatic Obama attack on Israel may have been an attempt to prevent Israel from attacking Iran when Obama shows strong signs of accepting Iran’s push to nuclear capability.
One useful and detailed website we have linked to on the right is entitled Think Israel
Also, here is a relevant article by Caroline Glick seeing the bright side of Obama’s anti-Israel stance..thanks Ruth for your pointing this out.