For many of the world's conflicts, it is difficult even to conjure up a feasible settlement. In the case of Israel and Palestine, it is not only possible, but there is near universal agreement on its basic contours.
It is just as inexcusable for the U.S. to support a government that kills passengers and crew on a humanitarian flotilla as it is to kill nuns and other civilians working in the Salvadoran countryside.
Obama's behavior on the Gaza flotilla hardly deserves the label policy. Its fecklessness raises the question of whether our leaders have the seriousness to be stewards of the nation's foreign relations.
Ever since Netanyahu's government took office, there has been a never-ending stream of stories from unnamed sources taking shots at the Obama administration, trying to undermine its standing with the Israeli public.
The conflict in the Middle East is not between Israelis and Palestinians so much as between extremists and moderates. And the extremists on both sides have been steadily winning through mutual provocation.
What's been called "Operation Desert Schmooze" continued at the White House yesterday. A group of some 150 people, mostly Jews prominent in their fields, gathered for the latest volley in the Obama charm offensive.