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‘Politico’ leaves Israel off list of 25 ‘awkward allies’ of U.S.

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Politico Magazine has a special report up called, “Obama’s World: America’s 25 Most Awkward Allies.” The list is endless and includes Equatorial Guinea and Turkey and Bahrain. The story begins:

“Let’s be honest,” [National Security Adviser Susan Rice] said, “at times … we do business with governments that do not respect the rights we hold most dear.”
American presidents have long wrestled with this dilemma…

[Politico has] put together a damning, revelatory collection of reports on the following pages about the “imperfect choices” the United States has made…

Here’s the list of 25 Awkward allies:

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Myanmar, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Tajikistan, Rwanda, Cambodia, Honduras, Uganda, Qatar, UAE, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Djibouti, Morocco, Kazakhstan, Turkey.

The absence of Israel is laughable. Obama has been repeatedly attacked by Israeli politicians and the country’s U.S. supporters for not being more supportive, and for not visiting Israel in his first term. He corrected that alleged error in his second term. He has met with Prime Minister Netanyahu 12 times, as of yesterday; and the relationship has been famously strained. Even American media bridled when Netanyahu lectured Obama at the White House three years ago, and when France’s Sarkozy called Netanyahu a liar in a private conversation that went out on an open mike, Obama said, “You’re tired of him; what about me? I have to deal with him every day.” Yesterday the pool reporter said that John Kerry got a “grave” expression as Netanyahu defied the president again on his push for two states in the Middle East, saying:

Israel has been doing its part and I regret to say that the Palestinians have not. … Mr. President, I think it is about time for the Palestinian people to recognize a state for the Jewish people. In the Middle East, the only peace that can endure is the peace we can defend. The people of Israel expect me to stay strong for the future of the only Jewish state.

Politico’s oversight is further evidence, the Israel lobby is embedded in the US press.

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  1. Krauss
    Krauss
    March 4, 2014, 10:51 am

    It’s not just political, it’s also personal.

    If you’re a non-Jewish journalist – like the founders of Politico – or editor in the Beltway media, you have many friends who are Jewish. Potential business partners and bosses, too. And probably a past girlfriend or even current spouse, as well.

    Given the complete Zionist concensus that exists among older, educated middle-aged Jews in the media and in business, you are well aware of this and conscious of it.

    Speaking frankly about Israel would affect your business, your work relationships and even your intimate relationships in many instances.

    What price is there to throw, say, the Vietnamese under the bus?
    It’s as safe as a babywalk, which is why it is on the list.

  2. Chu
    Chu
    March 4, 2014, 10:52 am

    Politico has poor judgement. Why invent a list when your too cowardly to put the most awkward ally at the top of the list? How do they make the Sauds no. 2 on the list but Israel gets no mention. Obama and Yahoo are completely awkward, everyone recognizes this.

  3. Krusty
    Krusty
    March 4, 2014, 11:02 am

    “Politico’s oversight is further evidence, the Israel lobby is embedded in the US press.”

    Once again, this is where you lose me. Israel has an approval rating around 65% in the US and it’s an “awkward ally”? California, the most populous state, just signed a trade deal and Bibi Netanyahu is giving a speech at AIPAC, which Kerry (and a huge portion of the federal government) attended.

    There’s a big gap between Israel and Bibi Netanyahu, and it’s not evidence of some grand conspiracy for Politico (writing for an American audience) to say that a popular place isn’t among the 25 most awkward allies.

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      March 4, 2014, 4:23 pm

      Once again, this is where you lose me. Israel has an approval rating around 65% in the US and it’s an “awkward ally”?

      Yes, when Israel has to explain how Israel represents US values. Unless of course, apartheid became a new initiative at the State Departmemt .

    • March 4, 2014, 7:48 pm

      If the mainstream media in the USA reported the truth about Israel, that 65% approval rating would be lower than Congress’.

  4. MahaneYehude1
    MahaneYehude1
    March 4, 2014, 11:12 am

    Weiss;

    Your statement that “‘Politico’ leaves Israel off list of 25 ‘awkward allies’ of U.S.” is awkward. I glad most of the Americans don’t think like you, Maybe they see the reality fairly than you see it.

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      March 4, 2014, 4:26 pm

      I glad most of the Americans don’t think like you,

      You should be glad that Anericans steaming them IDF ignorant and brainwashed in the world, seeing as Israel only enjoys support in the US and nowhere else.

      It’s changing though and Israelwill lose the US too.

  5. Tuyzentfloot
    Tuyzentfloot
    March 4, 2014, 11:16 am

    They also made a ‘list of awkard allies that are too awkward for the awkward allies list’ but it was empty so they didn’t publish it.

  6. gingershot
    gingershot
    March 4, 2014, 11:29 am

    Burston from today’s Haaretz:

    Here’s burston describing the magnificent charger than Joan of Arc plans to ride to her coronation:
    ‘This, on a week when a shaken, insecure and bewildered AIPAC met in Washington’

    American polls just showed that American’s don’t give a shit about Israelis and their Apartheid Exceptionalism –

    Hillary Clinton is running as the candidate of the Apartheid State-AIPAC

    Guess what, Hillary?

    American’s don’t give a shit about Hillary’s Legend-in-her-own-Mind-Exceptionalism, either. Hillary thinks she can run as the ‘Unbrainwashed Manchurian Candidate of the Exceptional Apartheid Light Unto Nations’. She CANT ANYMORE but Hillary doesn’t KNOW IT YET

    ‘The poll showed that if Washington’s push for a two-state solution ended in failure, some two-thirds of Americans who now support a two-state solution, would back the creation of one state with equal rights for Jews and Arabs.

    Hillary isn’t smart enough to get off this dead Apartheid horse – just like Israelis aren’t smart enough to do it. Thus we have Burton’s melancholy lament that the Israel in his dreams didn’t match the realities of the Apartheid state.

    The poll showed that if Washington’s push for a two-state solution ended in failure, some two-thirds of Americans who now support a two-state solution, would back the creation of one state with equal rights for Jews and Arabs.

    The only one narcissistic enough not to look her dead gift horse in the mouth is Hillary.

    Her Bright Shining Exceptionalism soon will only rival ONE THING – Israel’s own dysfunctional sense of her own narcissistic exceptionalism that she can do what Apartheid South Africa couldn’t, ‘because they’re Jews’

    DIDN’T APARTHEID ISRAEL ALREADY PROVE TO HILLARY THAT THIS WOULDN’T WORK?

  7. seafoid
    seafoid
    March 4, 2014, 11:36 am

    Another joke. Does anyone in the MSM have the balls to come out in front on Israel or are they waiting for the people to do it ?

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      March 4, 2014, 11:43 am

      Those in the mainstream media only care about their careers when it comes to anything touching on Israel.

  8. Citizen
    Citizen
    March 4, 2014, 11:47 am

    I read that Politico article a few days ago, and the same thing glared out at me. Where’s Israel on the list of awkward US allies? It’s the most awkward of all except the Arab oil states and mini states, but at least there the answer is simple: oil. Nothing awkward about that. Israel, OTH, is as awkward an ally as the US has ever had–Stalin’s USSR was needed as we wouldn’t have won WW2 without him.

  9. March 4, 2014, 4:03 pm

    You write “Politico’s oversight is further evidence, the Israel lobby is embedded in the US press.” True indeed. Others say that Jews/Zionists control the US media. Whatever the real situation there is no doubt that honest reporting about the Israel/Palestine saga is not present in the USA. Anything negative about Israel is simply omitted, covered up or distorted. Frequently lies are published in order to make Israel look good. It is a sad state of affairs. I have to read Mondoweiss or Haaretz in order to hear the untarnished facts. Even Beinart can only get his mild reprobations published in Haaretz.

  10. Icarusverum
    Icarusverum
    March 4, 2014, 9:00 pm

    Israel may not be #1 on the list but they’re pretty high on the list.

  11. Karl Dubhe
    Karl Dubhe
    March 4, 2014, 11:34 pm

    I am utterly outraged that Canada isn’t on this list. I will be contacting Steven about this, mark my words. :)

  12. DaBakr
    DaBakr
    March 5, 2014, 12:01 am

    oh calm down. saudi arabia isn’t on the list so there is so-called ‘balance’ for all those whining. the USAs two ‘best’ friends .

    p.s. anyone here who still thinks haaretz is the only Israeli media to get “untarnished facts” is so biased as to be beyond hope for any interest in what other viewpoints on this issue might be. while many Jews may be too quick to pull out the ‘anti-Jew’ card it by no means indicates haaretz has much credibility as a Jewish Israeli publication beyond the interests of a small % of very left-wing socialist and elitist Israelis who have plenty of money to insulate themselves with as well.

    for g-d’s sakes-the angry arab guy quotes haaretz all the time as his ‘go to’ source for negative portrayals of Israel. And i can’t think of anybody in a position of media prominence who calls more overtly for the complete destruction of Israel as a nation, a homeland for Jews and anything other then a nation for Palestinians were MAYBE some jews can continue to live as long as most go back to europe. this is how appealing the views of haaretz are to your average Israeli….

    • amigo
      amigo
      March 5, 2014, 5:36 am

      “oh calm down. saudi arabia isn’t on the list so there is so-called ‘balance’ for all those whining. the USAs two ‘best’ friends . ” dabakr

      Really, so what this then???.

      Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Myanmar, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Tajikistan, Rwanda, Cambodia, Honduras, Uganda, Qatar, UAE, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Djibouti, Morocco, Kazakhstan, Turkey.

      Yup, there it is right at #3.

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        March 5, 2014, 11:38 am

        glasses. so-sorry, continue to complain with reckless abandon…

        *i could have just as well said Kuwait which discriminates against Palestinians overtly.

  13. Citizen
    Citizen
    March 5, 2014, 6:45 pm

    Israel intercepts an Iranian ship while Kerry is negotiating with Iran: https://www.facebook.com/AmbassadorDanShapiro/posts/639937059377032

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