You have to laugh at the ABC news radio’s description of Obama’s speech at AIPAC. Obama was “Daniel entering the lions den, and he emerged ALIVE!” While it indeed seems that Obama modified some of his initial State Department salespitch towards a more proIsrael nuance, would you buy a used car from this man?
Netanyahu did well to express himself and Israel’s position in a forthright manner. Maayana Miskin has written a good article about how prior Israeli leaders have reacted to pressure – Netanyahu is certainly not out of line. The article quotes liberally from Yoram Ettinger – who spoke excellently a while back in Australia. One positive comment was as follows “Ettinger recalled the words of former White House Chief of Staff Alexander Haig, who credited Israel with saving America an estimated $20 billion per year through its intelligence information, advances to American military technology, and more. Israel must remember that it is not merely a recipient of American goodwill, he noted.”
Here is Yoram Ettinger about the 2 way Israel-US relationship. In it, he adds “Former Secretary of State and NATO forces commander Alexander Haig … says he is pro-Israeli because Israel is the largest American aircraft carrier in the world that cannot be sunk, does not carry even one American soldier, and is located in a critical region for American national security. ” Also “Senator Daniel Inouye recently argued Israeli information regarding Soviet arms saved the U.S. billions of dollars. The contribution made by Israeli intelligence to America is greater than that provided by all NATO countries combined, he said.” .. and “In 1982, Israel destroyed Soviet anti-aircraft batteries in Lebanon that were considered immune to American weapons. Israel promptly shared the operation’s lessons, estimated to be worth billions of dollars, changing entirely the global balance of power in the process and contributing to the Soviet Union’s eventual disintegration.”
Israel and its supporters should certainly hold their heads high
Meanwhile an article in Debka suggests that Abbas is being stood up by both Jordan and Moscow. Interesting.