If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem-Or Stop Building Here Because the Obami Told Me To-Let My Right Hand Wither . . .
1:25 PM, Jul 19, 2009 • By RACHEL ABRAMS
Michael Oren, the new Israeli ambassador to the U.S., was issued a summons by the State Department "over the weekend," as news reports are putting it, and given a message
Worse yet is that the administration believes it is proper-no, essential-to tell the Israelis they haven't got the right to build housing for Jews in the political-and religious-capital of their country.
But worst of all is that the Obami seem to have swallowed whole the New York Times view that the eastern part of Jerusalem, sacked and ruined and left to rot until Israeli soldiers liberated it in 1967, should actually end up Judenrein:
The answer from Binyamin Netanyahu, a resounding NO:
Adds Avigdor Lieberman: "Thousands of Arab families build houses in Jerusalem, in the neighborhoods of Neve Yaakov and French Hill, and I've never heard any comment on the matter from the United States or Europe."
How greatly lucky for Israelis that their present leaders have no illusions about "Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking," and no intention of bending over for an American interlocutor bent on delivering them a horsewhipping.