...and really, could you blame me? Government officials going to various state-proxy television stations to rant about Israel is usually the stuff that accompanies the hookahs with breakfast in the Middle East, not the United States. But then again, we are living in a sea of Change:
David Axelrod — a political operative who now seems at the center of foreign-policy formulation — went on the Fox, ABC, and NBC Sunday talk shows to repeat how insulted the Obami were over Israeli building in Jerusalem and what an affront this was to them.
"This was an affront, it was an insult but most importantly it undermined this very fragile effort to bring peace to that region," said David Axelrod, one of President Barack Obama's closest advisers.
"We have just started proximity talks, that is shuttle diplomacy, between the Palestinians and the Israelis, and for this announcement to come at that time was very destructive," he said on NBC television's Meet the Press show.
But there was no sign Washington was prepared to let go of the issue.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Netanyahu's expression of regret was "a good start" but suggested that the Israeli leader had more to do to placate his country's closest ally.
In an interview on Fox News Sunday, he said that in her conversation with Netanyahu, Clinton outlined steps that the United States thinks he should take.
"I think what would be an even better start is coming to the table with constructive ideas for constructive and trustful dialogue about moving the peace process forward," he said.
Such tone, such words. Words never used to eviscerate the folks who kill American soldiers in Afghanistan, words never used against the Iranians, who openly plot a Second Holocaust while planning to bring a reign of nuclear terror to the Middle East, words never used against the Chavezes and Kim-Jong's who incessantly plot against us.
No - Israel is The Affront, Israel is The Insulter, Israel is the Destructive Force in the fragile peace process. Because they build houses for Jews in their capital, don't you know...
And to make amends, they must bow to the clenched fist of Hillary Clinton, who dares demand this proud nation crawl on her knees to the negotiation table, to abide by terms dictated by Barack Hussein Obama, he of the twenty years worshipping at the feet of the anti-Semitic preacher from Hell, Reverend Wright.
As Jennifer Rubin says, It is disturbing indeed to hear an American administration adopt the Arab rhetorical line...but it goes even further, for while the administration betrays Israel on the world stage, we turn a blind eye to actions taken by the Palestinians at the very same time:
Although world pressure forced the Palestinian Authority to cancel the official ceremonies to name a square after the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi last week, several senior Fatah officials participated in a "popular inauguration" organized by Fatah's youth movement. According to the PA, the square is now named after Mughrabi and an official ceremony, including placing a monument, will take place at a later date. Thursday's "popular inauguration" was on the 32nd anniversary of "the Coastal Road Massacre" of 1978, in which 37 were murdered in a bus hijacking.
All civilians, 13 of whom were little children. But celebrating mass murdererswith palsm gleefully awash in Jewish blood is not a provocation on the scale of building apartment building, I suppose, nor "destructive" to an alleged "peace process"...
Seems like Barack Obama has taken up the Palestinian worldview. Smart diplomacy, I suppose, as things have worked out so well for them so far...