I was shocked when I heard my own government "summon" the Israeli ambassador to be read a statement indicating that the U.S.-Israel "relationship" was "at risk." "At risk"? The U.S.-Israel "relationship"??
A lot of left-wingers in Israel are grinning these days. Watching Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu sweat after being reprimanded by Hillary Clinton is, sad to say, the best news we've had since his election.
Obama must first and foremost reach out and directly address the general Israeli public and media. If he will not visit Israel, he must talk to Israelis directly through news outlets to disabuse those who still may have doubts.
What accounts for the effective collapse of U.S. efforts to bring about a two-state Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Obama and his key advisers may actually still believe much of the discredited Israeli mythology that prevents a peace settlement.
Obama has said that good friends should be honest with each other and that he intends to be honest with Israel -- and that looking out for Israel means calling on her to take difficult steps and make painful compromise.