The New York Times continues to indulge the most right-wing and Israel-narcissistic views in its opinion columns. Here is regular contributor Shmuel Rosner, a rightwing Israeli, holding out the hope that a president Donald Trump would be more friendly to Israel than Barack Obama.
In “Can Israel Handle a President Trump?” Rosner says Hillary Clinton is wobbly on Israel:
Hillary Clinton[‘s] history of thorny relations with Israel’s prime minister began in the mid-1990s, when her husband clashed with the first Netanyahu government, and continued through her tenure as Mr. Obama’s secretary of state….
From a President Clinton, Israel’s hawkish government would come under more of the same pressure it received from the Obama administration.
What is he talking about? Hillary Clinton has been more pro-Israel than any other candidate besides Marco Rubio. She brags that she was born within months of the Jewish state and vows to take the relationship “to the next level.” She wants to fight BDS and have PM Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House in her first month. That’s not good enough for Shmuel Rosner, though!
And the narcissism! Does the Times run op-eds that have their heads so deeply immured in a foreign country’s interests when that country is Myanmar or France or Turkey? Would any other foreign columnist feel so empowered to voice such undiplomatic views as these in an American newspaper? Rosner:
Israel depends on an America that asserts itself abroad. Israel needs bipartisan support. It needs stable, predictable American foreign policy. It desires candidates who sing Israel’s praises as often and as loudly as they can. Mr. Trump, who looks poised to capture the Republican Party’s nomination, offers Israel none of those. Mr. Netanyahu has every reason to be concerned and disappointed by what the American political system has produced this election cycle…
Israel’s government hoped a new president would restore a more traditional definition of friendship — one based on mutual trust and support.
America readers, do you really give a f***** f*** what Netanyahu wants?
Thanks to Donald Johnson.