Clinton adviser Ann Lewis tacked to the right, criticizing Obama for saying he’d meet with the President of Iran and for suggesting that a US President needn’t have to echo the policies of the Likud Party in order to be “pro-Israel.” “The role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel,” Lewis said. “It is not up to us to pick and choose from among the political parties.”
McCain Advisor Lawrence Eagleburger, deputy secretary of State under Bush I, tacked to the right of both, saying McCain “will not talk with the Syrians, will not talk with the Iranians, will not talk with Hamas and Hezbollah…He isn’t going to push the Israelis.”
That tells you all you need to know about what they will be like as president. Clinton will support whatever policies Israel’s government decides to implement including continuing settlement expansion and a refusal to enter into final status talks with the Palestinians. She also apparently will consider U.S. policy as a mere extension of Israel policy. It makes you wonder whether the dog’s wagging the tail or vice versa.
And as for McCain, it’s even worse–more No’s than you can shake a stick at and they all amount to sticking our head in the sand regarding any Middle East parties with which we have differences. Refusing to talk to them is certainly likely to bring us closer to understandings with all of them, don’t you think? And just think what U.S. relations will be like with the Arab world under a McCain presidency. More of the same failure of the past seven years.
With presidents like these the Likud doesn’t need to lobby the White House, it will have an honorary Likudnik IN the White House.
And if you want to read why the American Jewish leadership is completely out of touch not just with the American electorate, but even the majority of American Jews read Dana Milbank’s anti-Obama screed covering the event at which the three presidential representatives spoke.