Am I the only one who’s enjoying Bibi Netanyahu’s obvious discomfort during Obama’s visit? The latest is what I’m sure was an ugly call with Turkey’s PM, where Netanyahu apologized for the 2010 flotilla raid that killed some Turks. But, overall, the news I’ve seen has been a mash note to Obama. Here’s an example from Haartez:
Obama’s visit is a royal visit of love, says Ari Shavit, referencing the poem by Israel Pincas. Here the president displayed in his actions a heart yearning for peace, with perhaps a touch of naivete, while his speech in Jerusalem served as a softly admonishing wake-up call for Israelis to enact a promising future.
Sometimes it takes someone from the outside, says Yossi Verter, to tell it like it is. […]
After Obama’s visit, it will be more difficult for his rivals to claim that he has Israel’s worst interests at heart, says Chemi Shalev. […]
Haaretz is not Bibi’s paper, but it’s pretty clear that Bibi is the guy who came at the king and missed, and there’s some making up to do. Realistically, Obama is highly constrained by the pro-Israel lobby, but there’s a hint of truth in this Onion piece: Netanyahu, the leader of a state that is completely dependent on our money, was a fool to gamble on Romney, and the Israeli reaction to Obama’s visit makes him look even more foolish.