Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The U.S. and Netanyahu

I second what Matthew Yglesias says:
"A government headed by a Prime Minister who wants to bomb Iran, who thinks he can dictate regional strategy to the President of the United States, and who opposes the creation of an independent Palestinian state backed up by a main coalition partner who rejects the concept of land-of-peace and the basic precepts of liberal democracy is just not a government you can work with as an ally. People keep saying that Netanyahu is more pragmatic than his rhetoric but if so he needs to demonstrate that pragmatism fast, or else the world will just have to hope his coalition collapse sooner rather than later."

The only quibble is that I don't think Lieberman has rejected "land for peace" as a concept, just its application in practical terms. That, of course, doesn't make the situation any better.



Anonymous Jonathan Edelstein said...


5:53 PM  
Anonymous First said...

Does it really matter if Lieberman rejects land for peace given virtually the entire political class in Israel share this rejection? When you get down to it, in 'practical terms', he's no different from Sharon, Livni, Barak or Netanyahu - all he's done is be particularly crass about it.

7:52 AM  

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