US/Israeli Relations


Addressing Trudeau and his wife on the White House lawn, Obama beamed at his guests. “It’s long been said that you can choose your friends but you cannot choose your neighbors,” he announced.

Yes, Mr. President, that’s what Israel has been trying to tell you for the past seven years. But you haven’t been listening.

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RIGHT FROM WRONG: Obama’s Middle East

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US Vice President Joe Biden meets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, March 8, 2016. (photo credit:AMOS BEN-GERSHOM/GPO)

Last week was a busy one for the Obama administration.

On Tuesday, US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in the Middle East to meet separately with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. One presumes this was part of a flimsy effort to get some peace-brokering going – or at least to bang on the lid of the jar, to loosen it for the State Department or the French government. Whatever.

Lo and behold, however, upon landing at Ben Gurion Airport, where he was greeted by a slew of Israeli dignitaries, including the defense minister, the whir of ambulance and police-car sirens put a bit of a damper on the festivities. A terrorist was in the midst of a 20-minute stabbing spree spreading from the area of the Jaffa Port to the Tel Aviv promenade.

During his rampage, which was finally stopped by a quick-witted guitar player who chased and hit him with his instrument, enabling police to finish the job, the 22-year-old Palestinian managed to seriously wound many innocent people, and kill American graduate student and US Army veteran Taylor Force.

More here.  H/T: ChanahS.

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