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.
If U.S.-Israeli relations are held hostage to progress on peace negotiations, the outcome will likely be a continued Israeli-Palestinian stalemate and a further rupture in U.S.-Israeli relations as Iran approaches its nuclear breakout point.
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.