The U.S. State Department Wednesday sharply criticized Israel for travel restrictions on Americans, mostly of Arab origin and whom Israel considers security risks. “We have made it quite known to the Israeli government … that we expect all American citizens to be treated the same regardless of their national origin,” State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said.
Give ‘em an inch, and they grab a mile. Hold that line!
Ever since the “settlements” issue jumped to the forefront right after the Great Cairo Speech, I’ve perceived it more as a ploy for control by The Great B O than as a real issue. Not that it hadn’t mattered before, but it gained a huge new significance when The Prez launched his new attack in that area.
He seemed to think he’d found a pressure point, if not to exert control over Israel, to at least impress his buddies in the Arab community.
As we’ve noticed by now, it didn’t work very well. It has produced a firmer stance by the Israelis, helped solidify support behind the Netanyahu government, and subjected him to even more disrespect from the PA and from just about everyone else he was trying to impress.
Humph! Time to try something new. Oh, I know – let’s tell them how to run their security. That’ll show them. Everybody knows Israel has the best security in the world. Look, they have to – it’s simply a matter of survival. So, if we can put the pressure on them here, then maybe we can impress our friends, and threaten their existence all at one time. That will really make a splash!
Well, I think we’re about to make a splash, all right. We’re just going to have to adjust our water wings a little.