Laura Rozen–one of the decent reporters working at the dubious Politico–reports on the latest complaints concerning Barack Obama and how he approaches Israel and Middle East policy (emphasis added):
Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren is reported to have told Israeli diplomats that the U.S. and Israel are experiencing a “tectonic rift,” not a temporary crisis. [snip]
“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,” Haaretz reports.
Imagine that: a President of the United States approaching Mideast policy and the State of Israel with American interests trumping everything else.
I know that putting America first is what an American President is elected to do, but I’ve also marveled over the years at how when it comes to Israel we must follow policies that do not necessarily serve our National interest. It would be nice if that changed. Such a change would be better for the USA, Israel and Palestine.
When it comes to the decades old mess in the Middle East a little more focus on the cold interest and considerations of America would be a good thing. As I said, I hope this report turns out to be true.
Time will tell.