Again, Obama Caves to Israel
Peter Beinart on the US' longstanding trend of rolling over to its ally
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 12, 2012 1:30 PM CDT
In this Sept. 21, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

(Newser) – President Obama hosted Benjamin Netanyahu last week, and unlike Bibi's last visit—a disaster for Obama—this one went well, with Netanyahu seemingly embracing the president. But that harmony came at the cost of Obama's principles on Israel, says Peter Beinart of Newsweek, in a modified excerpt from his new book, The Crisis of Zionism. It was all too familiar. "The story of Obama’s relationship to Netanyahu and his American Jewish allies is, fundamentally, a story of acquiescence," Beinart writes.

Obama came of intellectual age among Jewish professors and friends. His early statements on Israel mirrored their liberal Zionism, embracing Israel's progressive society while criticizing its occupation of the West Bank. But when he tried to act on that philosophy by demanding a settlement freeze, Israel and American Jews were "scared to death," says one former adviser. Obama wound up capitulating, and that "failure to defend the progressive vision … helped doom the peace process," Beinart says. "If he fails this time, the price may be war." Click for Beinart's full column.

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Mar 13, 2012 4:51 PM CDT
Please. Obama is an anti-semite. He is lucky Bibi will even sit next to him. Look at who all Obama's mentors have been. Anti-semites, all of them.
Mar 12, 2012 11:24 PM CDT
Well, let's see; half of America thinks he is a secret Muslim who hates Israel, half of America thinks he is in the pocket of the Israel Lobby. I'm thinking on the average, he's probably steering the right course.
Mar 12, 2012 10:41 PM CDT
Every time the Israel v. Iran, or any country in the region, issue comes up we're all told it'll end in war. It won't. The truth is that everyone, included the US, is afraid of Israel because Israel will do whatever it takes to make any enemy regret attacking them. That's the way Israel likes it and they're smart to do so.