(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama, who once famously said he would “always have Israel’s back,” may be rethinking that promise as aides begin weighing options in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pre-election disavowal of a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict.
Following Obama’s warning that the United States would “reassess” its relationship with Israel, the administration is not only reconsidering the diplomatic cover it has long given Israel at the United Nations but is also looking at a range of other possibilities to put pressure on its historically close ally, U.S. officials said. Those could include becoming less active in protecting Israel in international forums and finding new ways to reinforce the message of U.S. opposition to Jewish settlement expansion.
As internal discussions proceeded on Friday, the White House appeared in no rush to lower the temperature in the worst U.S.-Israeli crisis in decades, sparked by Netanyahu’s campaign declaration that there would be no Palestinian state on his watch.WE'RE IN THE MIDST OF THE WORST USA-ISRAELI CRISIS EVER BECAUSE THE ISRAELI ELECTION DID NOT GO THE WAY OBAMA WANTED IT TO GO.
THAT ESSENTIALLY MEANS OBAMA IS DISRESPECTING THE WILL ND WISHES OF THE ISRAELI PEOPLE,
IT MEANS THAT OBAMA ONLY HAS ISRAEL'S BACK IF ISRAEL DOES OBAMA'S BIDDING.
BUT REMEMBER, MOST OF THE CONGRESS AND MOST AMERICANS AGREE WITH ISRAEL AND DO NOT SUPPORT OBAMA ON THIS ISSUE, OR ON HOW OBAMA IS HANDLING THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM.
I EXPECT OBAMA TO UNLEASH A TORRENT OF ALINSKYITE TACTICS AGAINST BIBI AND ISRAEL.
AND THE MEDIA WILL PLAY ALONG.
UNTIL A BRAVE BIGTIME DEMOCRAT RISES HIS VOICE AND ASKS OBAMA IS HE HAS NO SHAME.
IS THERE ONE WHO IS BRAVE ENOUGH TO JOIN BOB MENENDEZ IN DIRECTLY CRITICIZING OBAMA ON HIS IRAN AND ISRFAEL OLICY?
WILL SCHUMER? WILL FEINSTEIN? WILL OMALLEY OR WEBB OR WARREN? WILL BILL CLINTON?
I DON'T EXPECT ANY OF THEM TO:
THAT WAS THE POINT OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE DOJ'S MENENDEZ INVESTIGATION.
AND THESE POLITICIANS SEEM TO HAVE GOTTEN THE MESSAGE:
CROSS OBAMA AND HE WILL COME AFTER YOU. THE CHICAGO WAY.
WILL THIS ANTISEMITIC PRO-MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD THUG GET AWAY WITH IT?
I PRAY NOT.