2:10 PM, Jul 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Elliott Abrams, writing for the Council on Foreign Relations:
Israel is under attack by the terrorist group Hamas. Hundreds of rockets have fallen on its cities and towns. Millions of Israelis run, and must pull their children, into shelters each day.
Prime Minister Netanyahu has discussed this with French president Hollande and with German chancellor Merkel.
But not with President Obama, who has not seen fit to call Netanyahu or take a call from him. This is quite amazing behavior for an ally. I am aware as all readers are that the two men have a difficult relationship, but that is no justification. If the president has time this week to fund-raise, he has time to call the leader of an ally under attack.
I am sure such a call will happen sooner or later, perhaps over the weekend. But the damage has been done: Israel is under attack, and the president of the United States cannot bring himself to call its prime minister. Israelis are unlikely to forget this, nor should Americans. Our alliance system cannot function when we treat allies in this manner. Once again, every vulnerable ally from Riyadh to Taipei to Seoul to Manila to Kiev will wonder how reliable an ally we are, at least under the present leadership we have.
Hosted by Michael Graham.12:30 PM, Oct 4, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the Shutdown, Obamacare, and Netanyahu's visit.
9:56 AM, Apr 30, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The father of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the historian and Zionist Benzion Netanyahu, died this morning. He was 102 years old.
11:29 AM, Apr 19, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Here's the text of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's powerful Holocaust Remembrance Day speech to his countrymen. Worth reading.
Kadima goes right.12:15 PM, Jun 25, 2010 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
“The party and the viewpoint that we’re closest to in Israeli politics is actually Kadima.” -- J Street founder and president Jeremy Ben-Ami, October 28, 2009.
Over the last 18 months, there’s been a lot of debate about the Obama administration’s strategy in Israel – not whether it’s working (you can’t find anyone in town to make that case), but what it seeks to achieve.
Fifteen months of Obama diplomacy have undermined Palestinian autonomy.12:00 AM, Apr 28, 2010 • By ELLIOTT ABRAMS
Will proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority soon begin? While both Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Abbas have said they hope so, the matter is no longer in the hands of the Palestinians but in those of the Arab League foreign ministers--who meet May 1.
And Schumer and Gillibrand.1:38 PM, Mar 30, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
The former mayor of New York City, Democrat Ed Koch, has strong words for President Obama and senators from New York:
A piece of paper will not bring peace to the Middle EastApr 5, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 28 • By ELLIOTT ABRAMS
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned, it seems, to direct the Middle East policy of the Obama administration.
With him, everything is opposite.5:30 PM, Feb 5, 2010 • By JAMIE FLY
The 2010 Herzliya Conference in Israel ended with a whimper on Wednesday evening. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, delivering the 2010 Herzliya Lecture, stunned the audience of Israeli and international security experts by using his prime time platform to speak about almost every issue except Israel's security.
Some thoughts from Israel.9:41 AM, Feb 3, 2010 • By JAMIE FLY
The first full day of meetings at the Herzliya Conference in Herzliya, Israel began on Monday, aptly enough, with a panel discussion entitled “Still Special? U.S.-Israel Relations.” The fact that the organizers even had to pose the question intimated that something was amiss, but surprisingly, the majority of the panelists ignored reality and argued that the relationship was not threatened. This was perhaps due to the fact that two of them were representatives of the governments in question. The others sounded a note of caution about jumping to conclusions too early in Obama’s presidency despite concerns in Israel about the Obama administration’s Middle East policy ranging from its engagement with Iran to its pressure on Israel to compromise aimed at furthering the peace process.
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