Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel-Palestine, by Tom Friedman – The New York Times

“Israel has recently been under intense criticism on the world stage. Some of it, like the “boycott, divestment, sanctions” (B.D.S.) campaign, is a campus movement to destroy Israel masquerading as a political critique. But a lot of it is also driven by Israel’s desire to destroy itself — thanks to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s steady elimination of any possibility that Israel will separate itself from the Palestinians in the West Bank.Netanyahu is a man who is forever dog paddling in the middle of the Rubicon, never crossing it, always teasing you (“I’m coming your way — I’m going to make a decision”), only to remain right where he is, balancing between all his rivals, so that he alone survives. Meanwhile, Israel sinks ever deeper into a de facto binational state controlled by Jewish extremists.Soon, this newspaper will have to call Netanyahu what he’s made himself into: “Prime Minister of the State of Israel-Palestine.”I raise this now because Israel under Netanyahu has gone from bad to worse. He just forced out Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon. Yaalon, a former army chief of staff, is a very decent man — a soldier’s soldier, determined to preserve the Israeli Army as a people’s army that aspires to the highest standards of integrity in the middle of a very dangerous neighborhood.”

Source: Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel-Palestine – The New York Times

My comment to the NYT:

David Lindsay

Hamden, CT Pending Approval

This is so complicated, that I always feel like a freshman in this arena. My quick reaction, is to vote that we discontinue our $3-4 Billion annual subsidy to Israel. Could the NYT explain the old and the new rationale for continuing this gigantic subsidy, when the the Netanyahu continually thumbs his nose at our President, and the advice of our military. I remember thinking, the illegal and brutal land grabs in Palestinian lands by Israeli setters is immoral. How can supporting Israel, in turning Palestine and the Palestinians into a perpetual gulag and killing field, help US interests? Have the Palestinians refused every and all reasonable offers for reconciliation? The Reverend Robert Cromey reported that the mistreatment of the Palestinians by the Israeli government was unconscionable. Is this true? If it is, why are we supporting it? If our support is misguided, doesn’t it fuel our enemies in Al Qaeda, ISIS and the angry, unemployed, Muslim world. If so, it is costing us a lot more than the cost of the subsidy?