Increased Tensions? Not Really.


From Daniel Estrin for the Associated Press:

JERUSALEM (AP) — A senior Israeli Cabinet minister on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s planned Mideast policy speech a “pathetic step,” further heightening tensions between the two close allies as the Obama administration prepares to leave office.

It took me a moment to notice the man-handed bias, partly because I’m out of practice.

The phrase “further heightening tensions between the two close allies as the Obama administration prepares to leave office…” blames the supposed heightening of tensions on the Israeli Cabinet minister.  As if there is no history of heightening tensions prior to that statement. When some folks report on ongoing conflicts involving Israel, this is the norm. Whatever Israel does, the reporters pretend it is the first event.

In 22 days, the new administration will take over. Rather than wait for smarter and more talented people to take over, the Obama Administration is still trying to make some impact on the Middle East peace process.  They will accomplish nothing, as evidenced by the last 8 years.

Are there now heightened tensions between the “two close allies?” No. There might be increased tensions between Obama/Kerry and the Israelis, but those two guys will be out of work in less than a month.

With good reason.

 

 

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