The “tectonic shift” in U.S.-Israel relations
posted at 9:28 am on June 27, 2010 by Meryl Yourish
Politico and Ha’aretz are reporting that Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren is saying that President Obama’s policies on Israel are a “tectonic shift” in U.S.-Israel relations. (Laura Rozen mentions Yedioth Ahronoth as the source, but I can’t find a Ynet link.) In the Ha’aretz article, Oren denies that he ever said such a thing.
“There is no crisis in Israel-US relations because in a crisis there are ups and downs,” Oren told a a closed briefing to senior officials in the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s North America Branch and research division, Yedioth Ahronoth’s Itamar Eichner reports.
If this is true, twenty years of listening to Reverend Wright absolutely made their mark.
Oren noted that contrary to Obama’s predecessors – George W. Bush and Bill Clinton – the current president is not motivated by historical-ideological sentiments toward Israel but by cold interests and considerations. He added that his access as Israel’s ambassador to senior administration officials and close advisers of the president is good. But Obama has very tight control over his immediate environment, and it is hard to influence him.
“This is a one-man show,” Oren is quoted as saying.
Obama met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Toronto Saturday.
“The two leaders had a wide-ranging and candid discussion between allies that addressed Iran’s nuclear program, Middle East peace, the flotilla incident, Afghanistan, the PKK and terrorism,” according to the White House readout of the conversation.
Why do I get the feeling that the meeting wasn’t a lot of Obama telling Erdogan to stop the anti-Israel incitement and own up to the fact that his people instigated the attack? By the way, could Israel-Turkish relations get any worse? Yes, yes they could.
Seventy-eight percent of American Jews voted for the most anti-Israel president in decades. Will American Jewish leaders wake up and realize that Obama is not their friend?
Cross-posted at Yourish.com.