Saturday, February 05, 2011

Netanyahu’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year

Foreign policy: (in red some of the nonsense)

Israel's prime minister may well be having what Judith Viorst would call a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. You'd think that the region's only democracy would embrace the stirrings of people power on its borders. But with Egypt's direction uncertain and its peace with Israel at risk, that alone should make Netanyahu uneasy. Add to that the Hezbollah takeover of Lebanon, risks of uprisings in Jordan, the way these uprisings have distracted from efforts to contain Iran's nuclear program, and the potential further shift in global sympathies that might follow moves toward democracy among several Arab states, and Bibi faces a potentially seismic shift in Israel's strategic position unequaled in nearly a half-century. As one worried, smart, well-known Israel-watcher said to me the other day, "They shouldn't have located Israel in the Middle East. Too dangerous. They should have put it in the Middle … West." [My emph.] For sure, if Kansas and Nebraska were his neighbors, Bibi Netanyahu would be a much more relaxed man today.

But like the ‘fakestinians’, the Mid Westerners wouldn’t have voluntarily ceded territory either.

Thanks Phil Weiss…

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