JTA has been publishing press releases from the Israel lobby for so long it simply has no clue how to cover the Obama administration’s new approach to Israel. When you read the following passage from Eric Fingerhut, note that despite the fact that Israel’s settlement policy violates international law and U.S. policy, not to mention the views of most American Jews, it is Obama’s policy that is “hardline:”
Even as it publicly stakes out a hard-line position against Israeli settlement expansion, the Obama administration is avoiding serious criticism from most U.S. Jewish groups and pro-Israel Democratic lawmakers.
The rest of his article is actually quite interesting, as it notes that many of the typical Israel lobby groups are like a deer caught in the headlights when it comes to responding to the bulldozer that is the Obama administration when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. These are some tough, mean sonsobitches and if they’re at a loss (momentarily no doubt) it’s a damn good thing for the good guys.