Saturday, March 27, 2010
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Over the past year and a half, Barack Obama has made it clear that he will happily tolerate Russia building missile installations, Iran building atomic reactors, and North Korea building nuclear weapons. But in his first real show of presidential resolve and outrage, the president has declared that he will not tolerate Israel building apartments in Jerusalem.
On Tuesday, Obama met behind closed doors with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. No photos were taken of the world leaders together because of the acrimony, and Obama eventually walked out of the meeting to eat dinner alone...leaving word that he could be contacted when the insulted Israeli Prime Minister was ready to cave on building housing within Israel's own borders. Instead, the Israeli delegation left the Whitehouse because of concerns that their private discussions were being covertly listened to.
According to one Israeli newspaper, “The Prime Minister leaves America disgraced, isolated and altogether weaker than when he came.”
The troubling breach of relations between the U.S. and Israel is unprecedented and, to many, absolutely inexplicable. After all, Israel is the only pro-America democracy in the Middle East and...
Oh wait. We just figured out the problem.