Bibi Takes A Stand

Among there ongoing myths surrounding the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his American supporters is that standing tough has resulted in greater security for the Jewish people. By the way, about 15% of the people of Israel are Muslim or Christian so what happens to Israel also will happen to them. Prime Minister Netanyahu is on his way to America to talk with President Obama. He informed the world: “we will discuss the Iranian issue and t he diplomatic process. In recent years the state of Israel has been under various pressures. We have rejected them, that is what has been and will.” This is the talk of a man who rejects compromise, not a man who really intends to engage in compromise.

Reality, it is rare in the human world for one to attain a 100% of what one desires in life. Compromise is the essence of human interaction. Secretary of State John Kerry has been struggling to engage Israel and the Palestinian Authority in a process of peace. He wants both sides to agree on some Guidelines that would establish parameters for behavior. Unless both sides agree on a process, how can there be peace?

Tough talk is what Vladimir Putin is able to pull off. Sorry, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Israel is not in the same ball park of power as is Russia. And, when Bibi gets to Washington he will discover that President Obama, at this point in time, is focused on Russia and Ukraine, not on the Middle East.