Sovereign nations cannot have feelings as people do -- but there are times when they would blush if they could. The ascent of the administration to the perfection of embarrassment was gradual, and its stages deserve to be remembered.
There's a long history of Israel giving in to U.S. pressure in the last 18 months. The administration's efforts to push the Israelis to compromise suggest the president and his advisers would like to do more, if they felt politically safe.
What to do when the country I live in totally loses its compass? I have watched Israel present itself as a respectable member of the club of developed countries. It is time for us all to hold it to that claim.
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.
Netanyahu has some serious soul searching to do if he is going to act in Israel's long term interests instead of presumed short term gains. This includes reigning in his coalition ministers and presenting a unified Israeli public voice.
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"??
It is true that a more critical and vigorous dissent on the part of APN and J Street risks backfiring, and there might be something to be said for a strategy that was only a little to the left of the consensus -- but only providing it was working.