March 13, 2012

Some Hastily Compiled Thoughts About A Potential Israeli Strike on Iran’s Nuclear Facilities

Looking at the initial Iran War Clock time of 10 minutes to midnight, which means a roughly a 50% chance of war between Iran and Israel and/or the United States, I’m reminded of something.

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March 5, 2012   1 note

Two Differing Views on Israel…

It’s absolutely bizarre to hear, for instance, Republican presidential candidates taking positions which either dropped out of Israeli political discourse 30 years ago, or would put them far to the right of Netanyahu… I think it’s terribly unfair to Netanyahu to say that Gingrich or Santorum is acting like a Likudnik, because the positions that they have evinced are actually way to the right, in Israeli terms, of the Likud.  The Republican candidates have placed themselves somewhere out on the tin hat radical right of Israeli politics, and that’s being described as a pro-Israel position.  It sort of blows my mind.

Israeli-American author Gershom Gorenberg describing how the American Right has hijacked what it means to be “pro Israel.”

On the other hand, here’s House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on his reaction to President Obama’s speech to AIPAC (via Daniel Drezner):

…we need to make sure that this president is also going to stand by Israel and not allow his administration to somehow speak contrary to what our ally thinks is in its best interest.

The quote from Cantor is the first time I can recall someone — much less a high-profile, influential guy like Eric Cantor — actually say that the United States should subsume its own interests in favor of another country, and essentially let a foreign nation dictate American policy.