“Our relationship with the Americans is above all else. It is an alliance that has survived complicated periods, and I had no intention of harming those ties, or to challenge the American administration, or to present obstacles to this important visit by the vice president,” Shas chairman and Interior Minister Eli Yishai said Thursday in an interview with Haaretz on the crisis with Washington over the decision to authorize 1,600 housing units in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo.
No pretext is more dismal than “bad timing.” Ehud Barak immediately put out a press release about the “harmful timing of the publication.” As if there were a proper time for provocations. If the announcement of the 1,600 planned housing units had come before Joe Biden’s trip, they would have said it was aimed at sabotaging the visit, and if it happened after he left, they would have said Biden himself was in on the secret.
You know how to catch a polar bear?
Cut a hole in the ice, and when the bear comes to look in it, kick him in the ice hole.
Forgive me as I move from sceptical to cynical about Israel’s desire for peace.
People who heard what Biden said were stunned. “This is starting to get dangerous for us,” Biden castigated his interlocutors. “What you’re doing here undermines the security of our troops who are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. That endangers us and it endangers regional peace.”
The problem is that U.S. administration officials didn’t buy the explanation that Netanyahu did not know in advance. Officials in both the White House and the State Department accused Israel of having set Biden up. …