Understandably, some American Jews were annoyed that Obama had failed to include Israel in his July 2009 Mideast trip. But what rankled them even more was that the president seemed to adopt the Arab narrative to explain the existence of Israel.
All Americans, especially Jews, who want to see a secure Israel, a viable Palestinian state alongside it, a stable Middle East and a respected United States should support Obama's policies regarding Israel.
In discussing Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks, Ashrawi warned that moving to direct talks when no progress has been made will lead to the Palestinian national leadership's loss of credibility with its own constituents.
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.