Obama Heads to Israel
by Stephen Lendman
Expect little from the trip.
As now scheduled, he'll arrive March 20. He'll remain until March 23. It's his first presidential visit. He made several trips before. He's only the fifth US president to go. Others included Nixon, Carter, Clinton, and GW Bush.
He waited until Israel's new government was formed. It took weeks to do so. On March 15, coalition partners agreed.
Netanyahu remains Prime Minister. Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett become troika partners. It's Israel's most extremist government ever. It reflects fascism writ large. Israelis have themselves to blame. They're stuck with what they should have rejected.
Obama and Netanyahu don't like each other. It doesn't matter. America's committed to Israel's security. Doing so jeopardizes its own. The special relationship's often one-sided.
It does more harm than good. It's wearing thin. It still persists. It's long past time to reconsider policy. Don't expect Obama to do it. He's largely in lockstep with Israeli policy.
Whether he'll wage war on Iran remains to be seen. Face-to-face meetings will discuss it.
Saber rattling, red lines, timelines, sanctions, sabotage, cyberwar, targeted assassinations, accusations, and threats so far substitute. Whether it stops there isn't known.
Past and present high-level officials in both countries oppose war. They do so for good reason. It's madness. It threatens the entire region. It could spread globally. No sensible leader would dare risk it.
Netanyahu menaces the region. He exceeds the worst of Ariel Sharon. He's over-the-top and reckless. He considers diplomacy a four-letter word.
Israeli insiders detest him. They don't trust him. He's unfit to serve. He lies calling Iran's peaceful nuclear program an existential threat. More on that below.
Obama's waging multiple direct and proxy wars. He hasn't attacked Iran so far. Perhaps he won't. He's got plenty of time to try. Hopefully he's not foolish enough to consider it. He's got enough blood on his hands already.
The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) calls itself "the most influential group on the issue of US-Israel military relations."
It "advocate(s) on behalf of a strong US military, a robust national security policy and a strong US security relationship with Israel and other like-minded democracies."