David Brooks has a Times column today saying that Obama has wrongly chosen to be a "fighter" on economic issues. In the middle of the column, whoosh, here comes a stray Israeli bullet:
Obama faced a choice. Double down on conciliator mode or become a fighter. Think of the latter as the Bibi Netanyahu strategy: since I have no negotiating partner I’m going to come out swinging in a way that pleases my base.
Brooks has been to Israel a dozen times and says that love of Israel is a core element of my identity, and Noam Chomsky's, and Alan Dershowitz's, too: "As an American Jew, I was taught to go all gooey-eyed at the thought of Israel…" He is a lobbyist for Israel; he puts in propaganda points for Israel wherever he can. As if the Palestinians are responsible for the fact that Israel has gobbled almost all the land that the world assigned for the Palestinians under partition.