Very good piece, Phil. Whatever we think about Obama’s record on this for his entire administration, this move really serves to tip things re how Israel is perceived, with implcations domestically for Israel as well as for the US, although where it leads is anyone’s guess.
But on the issue of Israel domestically — we need to be aware of what that anti-Netanyahu ad actually says — the translation on the side leaves out the most interesting part. Here’s what it says:
For the sake of a few isolated caravans, Netanyahu has brought our entire country into a condition of isolation. Bibi has to go! — The Zionist camp.”
It’s that first line that is interesting, right? “Caravans” is the Israeli term for the trailers that are brought in to establish an illegal “outpost” that then grows into a full-fledged city-colony. They all started that way. One wonders what this “Zionist camp” really means to do by kicking Bibi out. If it is characterizing the project of colonization, annexation, and Apartheid warehousing as “a few isolated outposts” then I don’t think we’re looking at any kind of change. It’s about finding a way to make the project acceptable, all they’re doing is calling for a smarter diplomatic policy now that they see they are in danger of losing the US along with the rest of the world.