Is Barack Obama Israel’s running dog? Yes, I know it’s harsh. But how else can you think about Michael Posner, the U.S. representative to the UN Human Rights Council, when the ambassador of Israel, a nation accused of mass murder and war crimes praises you so effusively?
Oren…stress[ed] how pleased Israel was with the US criticism of the Goldstone Report and its efforts to keep the United Nations from taking action based on its findings of Israeli violations during the Gaza war last winter. He particularly lauded the US statement on the report.
“It could have been drafted in Tel Aviv, it was so wonderful. The statement upheld the morality of the IDF, it upheld Israel’s right to defend itself against terror, it upheld the integrity of the Israeli legal system,” Oren said.
“I spent several hours calling people in Washington, thanking them [for being] willing to show such courage and such commitment to the US-Israel alliance. It was very, very inspiring.”
This does make you wonder to what extent U.S. policy, especially concerning the Goldstone Report, IS drafted in Tel Aviv.
You’ll have to excuse me Mr. Ambassador, but I saw nothing in the U.S. statements that were as sweeping as you’re making them out to be. Posner said Goldstone was “one-sided” against Israel. But he didn’t justify the killing in Gaza. Posner may’ve said Israel deserved a chance to prosecute breaches within its own justice system. But he never said that the U.S. would continue making such statements if in March Israel has done as poorly at investigating itself as it’s done thus far (only one soldier found guilty of stealing a Gazan credit card).
Obama may want to examine whether having the Israeli ambassador state publicly that the U.S. is committed to an “alliance” with Israel is useful for its Mideast diplomacy and overall relations with Arabs states in the region.
H/t to Rabbi Brian Walt.