So says the superb Caroline Glick in “Livni’s Obama strategy” in the Jerusalem Post, November 7 (thanks to Dan):
With Sen. Barack Obama’s victory in the US presidential race, the stakes have been raised for Israel’s February 10 general elections.
Whatever the Obama administration’s position on Israel may be, it will not be more supportive of the country than the Bush administration has been. And over the past year, the supportive Bush administration has decided not to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and not to support an Israeli effort to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
If Israel’s next prime minister intends to prevent Teheran from acquiring the means to implement its stated aim of destroying Israel, he or she must be prepared to stand up to America. Indeed, the greatest diplomatic challenge he or she will likely face will be standing up to a popular new President Obama, supported by large Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress and the overwhelming majority of American Jewish voters.
Over the past few days, the two contenders for the premiership – Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu – have demonstrated their starkly contrasting views of how to deal with a potentially hostile administration in Washington.
Reacting to Obama’s electoral victory on Wednesday, Livni made clear that from her perspective, the best way to deal with an unfriendly White House is to preemptively surrender Israel’s national interests.
In her words, Israel’s election results “must reflect the country’s interest in advancing the peace process, otherwise the international community, headed by the US, will try and push us in this direction.”…
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