Washington Babylon — November 2, 2009, 3:07 pm

On Bended Knee: Gideon Levy on Obama’s Israel Policy

From Gideon Levy at Haaretz:

Before no other country on the planet does the United States kneel and plead like this. In other trouble spots, America takes a different tone. It bombs in Afghanistan, invades Iraq and threatens sanctions against Iran and North Korea. Did anyone in Washington consider begging Saddam Hussein to withdraw from occupied territory in Kuwait?

But Israel the occupier, the stubborn contrarian that continues to mock America and the world by building settlements and abusing the Palestinians, receives different treatment. Another massage to the national ego in one video, more embarrassing praise in another.

Now is the time to say to the United States: Enough flattery. If you don’t change the tone, nothing will change. As long as Israel feels the United States is in its pocket, and that America’s automatic veto will save it from condemnations and sanctions, that it will receive massive aid unconditionally, and that it can continue waging punitive, lethal campaigns without a word from Washington, killing, destroying and imprisoning without the world’s policeman making a sound, it will continue in its ways.

Of course, Levy is surely a self-hating Jew (like me, I’m told in emails from time to time) and Jeffrey Goldberg will soon be oh so cleverly referring to him as “Sheikh Hassan Levy”. Such is the state of debate about the Middle East in the United States.

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