This is a letter submitted to the Jerusalem Post in response to Israel's right wing response to Obama's speech - in which they referred to Obama as 'the next Arafat'. The contention of course is that Obama supports a return to 1967 borders, which makes him a founding member of the PLO in their myopic eyes.
As I wrote the above intro, the irony struck me as I considered how I might have constructed the mother of all run-on sentences by continuing to explain the 'responses' that constitute the backstory. Indeed, that is the backstory - in the Middle East, foreign policies only respond/react. If so many people hadn't died, were dying, or otherwise made miserable, the whole thing would be pitifully laughable.
Without further ado, the slap of the 600 character-limited lead-lined velvet glove...
This is a 'friendly warning' to Israel. Note that it is not 'friendly advice' - it's beyond that.
America has shed blood, tears & shekels untold for Israel. While we certainly advanced our interests, Israel has been a net beneficiary. What we get is 'Obama is the next Arafat'.
The American public & leadership is increasingly neutral or opposed to advancing Israel's cause. However, Israel must see that dealing with Obama is preferable to dealing alone with 'the PLO' - or perhaps Israel should try that so it might know for itself?
Indeed, why should America care about who Israel deals with in any scenario?
Updated by BOknows at Fri May 20, 2011 at 12:47 AM PDT
Only on Kos can the same diary be accused of simultaneously advancing the conservative cause (ie accused of being trollish), being too kind to Obama, and too harsh towards Israel (indeed I was called anti-Semetic).
To those who hide-rate and make accusations of trolling, I ask of you: How can I be so pro-Obama and so anti-Obama with the same words? Do you read other people's comments and see the disparity? I think not, as that wouldn't fit in with the narcissism that's implied by hide-rating in the first place.
If it's not abundantly clear...I wrote the letter to the JPost in response to the description of Obama as 'the next Arafat' - and then posted the JPost article for the reader to reference. Now why exactly does that make me a troll?