Obama Created US-Israel Crisis

Administration 'turned gaffe into showdown'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2010 1:22 AM CDT
Palestinian workers are seen on a construction site in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Sholmo.   (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

(Newser) – Israel's announcement of settlement expansion in Jerusalem during Joe Biden's visit was lousy timing, but President Obama has turned this "gaffe" into a crisis, writes Charles Krauthammer. The Israelis did their best to smooth it over but the administration used the incident to tell Israel it had to show it was serious about peace, when Israel has never been anything but, Krauthammer argues in the Washington Post.

The administration's one-sidedness here may be because "Obama likes appeasing enemies while beating up on allies," or because he wants to bring down Israel's coalition, Krauthammer notes. Or it may be because the president sees himself as a "historic redeemer" who can solve the Middle East's problems, Krauthammer writes, and he "has little patience for this pesky Jewish state that brazenly insists on its right to exist."

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