Israeli insult to Biden should have been no surprise

Max Blumenthal puts the lie to the claim that the interior minister surprised Netanyahu with his announcement of further settlements with this report on a hoedown with John Hagee and Netanyahu on the eve of Biden’s visit, in which there was endless talk of further settlements:

Vice President Joe Biden was greeted in Jerusalem with the announcement that the Israeli Interior Ministry approved the construction of 1600 new homes in Occupied East Jerusalem contrary to U.S. wishes and complicating Biden’s mission to help jump start the peace process. But Biden should have known that Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu intended to upset his plans by Netanyahu’s appearance with John Hagee.

The day after a series of talks between US Special Envoy for the Middle East George Mitchell and Netanyahu, and a day before Biden’s arrival, Netanyahu appeared onstage with Pastor John Hagee in Jerusalem. The occasion was Hagee’s Night To Honor Israel, an event the far-right Texas-based preacher arranged to tout his ministry’s millions in donations to Israeli organizations and to level bellicose rhetoric against Israel’s perceived enemies…

Hagee’s ceremony featured a 15-minute film highlighting the recipients of donations from John Hagee Ministries that totaled $58 million since 2001. The recipients included Jewish settlements from the West Bank like Gush Etzion and Shomron, which was involved in promoting an “Obama Hilltop project” that promoted more settlement building and compared Obama to Pharoah.

About Philip Weiss

Philip Weiss is Founder and Co-Editor of Mondoweiss.net.
Posted in Israel Lobby, Israel/Palestine, US Politics

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  1. Citizen says:

    Which Pharoah? Egypt had a special relationship with the Hebrew tribe at the expense
    of average Egyptians for years. Eventually, as with Rome, the Hebrews pushed the royal envelope too far, no? Tell us.

  2. RE: “Israeli insult to Biden should have been no surprise” – Weiss
    ALSO SEE – Analysis: US hamstrung on Israeli settlements, By Steven R Hurst, AP News, Antiwar Newswire, 03/11/10
    (EXCERPT)…By initially demanding Israel change tactics on settlements, there was the assumption that Obama had also told Netanyahu that there was an “or else.”
    That “or else” — some form of withholding aid or arms or just a diplomatic cold shoulder — would, however, have ensured a political explosion among Israel’s supporters in the United States, particularly among the powerful Jewish lobby.
    Perhaps Obama, in taking his tough initial tack, had not foreseen the deep political divisions he would face a little more than a year into his presidency.
    “He can’t win on Jerusalem right now. No matter how humiliating, he has to swallow it,” said Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He served for two decades as a State Department senior Mideast policy adviser.
    Working with Israel, said Miller, “is like dancing with a bear. Once you start, you can’t let go.”
    ENTIRE ANALYSIS – link to wire.antiwar.com

    • ALSO SEE: Biden in Israel: They b*tch-slapped him good ~ by Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 01/12/10
      (EXCERPT) The virulent anti-Americanism of the Israeli government, underscored by its recent very loud slap in the face of the Vice President of the United States, is nothing new. Yet many are shocked – shocked! – at Israel’s behavior. The official spin out of Tel Aviv is that the announcement of more settlement-building — at the very moment when Biden was pleading with his good friend “Bibi” to cease and desist – is all due to a single minister in a very fractious cabinet: yet Netanyahu and indeed the entire Israeli government supports this move to throw more Palestinians off their land and build exclusively Jewish settlements….
      ENTIRETY – link to original.antiwar.com

  3. potsherd says:

    If any god should cause some zealous Jew to spit in Hagee’s face, I’ll sacrifice a flawless white bull on that god’s altar.

  4. Chu says:

    Please pull the knife out of my back, Bibi.

    Hagee should be arrested for endangering the troops!

    I hope Biden’s ego will not let this go away
    > or Congress for that matter. At least Biden said Israel
    is endangering our troops. It’s a start, for Zionist Joe.

    • Citizen says:

      In comparison, Senator Lieberman, orthodox American jew of great influrence in US politics, both domestic and foreign, likened Hagee to Moses:
      link to youtube.com

      Wouldn’t you like to see Hagee, Phil, and Adam, and Lieberman on the Jerry Springer show?

  5. Chaos4700 says:

    We need more journalists like Max Blumenthal.

  6. Citizen says:

    I’d like to see Hagee locked in an elevator with Ralph Nader, Dennis Kucinch, and Ron Paul. Mmmm, seems a bit lopsided–you can shove Sarah Palin in there too, along with
    the Cable Guy, and just to round it out nicely, Phil Maher. Video tape it all. Show it on primetime.

  7. bob says:

    tail wags Security Council
    Olmert says he told Bush not to suppport U.N. Security Council cease-fire resolution. And that Bush then called Condi Rice and told her the U.S. couldn’t vote for it. She was upset because she’d co-written the thing. But the U.S. abstained, with 14 votes in favor. Moral nullification.

    Olmert’s Boast of ‘Shaming’ Rice Provokes Diplomatic Furor

    • Chaos4700 says:

      Good reminder. This shit isn’t unique to Netanyahu — the entire Israeli government (excluding, perhaps, the minority members who are routinely banished from Knesset sessions) since 1948 has been playing the United States like a harp from hell in order to get us to run interference for their crimes against humanity. And the corruption has been eating away at the foundation of our country ever since.

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  9. Good cop, slightly less good cop:

    Clinton slams Israel on housing announcement

    link to news.yahoo.com

  10. Les says:

    Hagee’s supporters can’t wait for the day when Palestinians and Israeli Jews wipe each other out. That there is no trouble at all with the extermination of fellow Christians among the Palestinians, should remind everyone of just how racist the Hagee crowd is.

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