Reprinted from Wallwritings
On January 20, 2017, Barack Obama will give up his presidency, leaving him 15 weeks to fuss and fume over his inability to dislodge the Israeli elephant which sits on his back.
For evidence of that elephant's heavy and humiliating presence, start with Bibi Netanyahu's latest in-your-face insult to the departing Obama.
Ha'aretz announced the news Wednesday under the headline: "U.S. Blasts Israel's Plan for New West Bank Settlement, Says Netanyahu Broke His Word."
The subhead continues: "In unusually harsh statement, State Department ties timing of construction plans to signing of aid deal. U.S. official says White House was livid over timing of approval of plans, which seek to resettle residents of Amona."
How is Obama expected to respond? He is a lame duck. Bibi revels in that fact. So, for the moment, Obama issues responses.
His options are small in number. The Congress belongs to Israel. It is, as Pat Buchanan once said, "bought and paid for." Mainstream TV and print media, likewise. Cable television, ditto.
American Christian churches? Also bought and paid for in guilt chits and free trips. What Obama gets from the churches are resolutions issued periodically.
Luke 4:18 does not say issue resolutions. It says:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed."
With no national will behind him, Obama keeps White House and State computers set for "mild to harsh to outraged" responses.
The latest response to Bibi's latest insult is a "harsh" one:
"The U.S. administration published an unusually harsh statement on Wednesday against a plan to build an alternative settlement for residents of the illegal outpost of Amona.
"The statement, signed by Mark Toner, deputy spokesman for the State Department, drew an unusual linkage between the signing of the defense aid agreement with Israel and criticism of settlement building.
"Toner stressed that the U.S. views advancement of the plan as a violation of a commitment by Netanyahu's government not to establish any new settlements in the West Bank."