http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/14/op...4friedman.htmlI am a big Joe Biden fan. The vice president is an indefatigable defender of U.S. interests abroad. So it pains me to say that on his recent trip to Israel, when Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s government rubbed his nose in some new housing plans for contested East Jerusalem, the vice president missed a chance to send a powerful public signal: He should have snapped his notebook shut, gotten right back on Air Force Two, flown home and left the following scribbled note behind: “Message from America to the Israeli government: Friends don’t let friends drive drunk. And right now, you’re driving drunk. You think you can embarrass your only true ally in the world, to satisfy some domestic political need, with no consequences? You have lost total contact with reality. Call us when you’re serious. We need to focus on building our country.”
Friedman only writes about Israel when he has something bad to say about it. He needs to prove that although he's Jewish, he will be tough when it comes to Israel!
Sure, the announcement to build in E. Jerusalem came at a bad time, but let's push all this nonsense aside. Obama may want all of Jerusalem to be given to the Muslims, but the reality is that these apartments are going up in a Jewish neighborhood of Jerusalem. This neighborhood was always understood by US and Israeli gov'ts as part of Israel forever. I think Israeli leaders and American leaders who support Israel should be very clear about this. The media is making it like these apartments are going up in Arab neighborhoods. It was commonly reported that Israel announced apartments will be going up in "Arab East Jerusalem." Make no mistake. He is letting his lackeys do the dirty work, but Obama is making this story into a HUGE deal to make Israel look bad and to widen the rift.