Saturday, December 31, 2016

Israel should not tell the U.S. what to do

Bibi Netanyahu Makes Trump His Chump

Thomas L. Friedman — DEC. 28, 2016
New York Times

[LP note: Friedman's latest book, Thank You for Being Late, for anyone who wants to know what's really going on in the world today — no, not just political stuff but technology and, indeed, the future. Anytime I can read a book and learn something, I'm impressed. I'm just a quarter thru Thank You, and already I'm very impressed.]
For those of you confused over the latest fight between President Obama and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu of Israel, let me make it simple: Barack Obama and John Kerry admire and want to preserve Israel as a Jewish and democratic state in the Land of Israel. I have covered this issue my entire adult life and have never met two U.S. leaders more committed to Israel as a Jewish democracy.
[Key point:]
President-elect Donald Trump — who could be a fresh change agent — is letting himself get totally manipulated by right-wing extremists, and I mean extreme. His ambassador-designate to Israel, David Friedman, has compared Jews who favor a two-state solution to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis. I’ve never heard such a vile slur from one Jew to another.
(More here.)


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