April 27, 2010, - 4:08 pm
Over the years I’ve warned people about Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. He talks tough, but usually relents and gives in to the enemies of Israel and those who apply pressure on the country. He did it during the Clinton Presidency when he was ready to give the Palestinians a good deal of Israel through the Wye Accords. Fortunately, that disaster was avoided when Yasser Arafat said no. But now there is no recalcitrant Arafat. There is the more political Abbas, a better pretender.
And now Netanyahu–despite talking tough about the 1,600 apartments being built in Jerusalem–has quietly halted all building in the Eastern part of the city. It isn’t the first time either. Since he took office, he’s frequently frozen building on the so-called West Bank by Jews on Jewish land that they own. And he even dismantled some settlements there. It takes his more lefty opposition to point out that Netanyahu’s public swagger is fake, as usual. And he’s doing it to appease Barack Obama. The pressure behind the scenes must be very great from the Obamaniks. But Netanyahu’s strength must be greater.
- Israel’s main opposition party said on Monday the government has quietly frozen approval of Jewish housing projects in East Jerusalem in a bid to heal a rift with Washington and coax the Palestinians into peace talks.
“I am talking about a fact. I checked it out. All of the work of the Jerusalem district planning committee has been frozen completely, except for the veteran neighborhoods,” legislator Roni Bar-On of the centrist Kadima party said in parliament.
He said he was using the term “veteran neighborhoods” to refer to areas of Jerusalem that were under Israel’s control before it captured the eastern part of the city, along with the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in a 1967 war.
You simply can’t trust a thing this guy says, just as all three of his wives couldn’t (unlike the Muslims, he was only married to one at a time). Netanyahu is the opposite of Teddy Roosevelt’s keen advice to “speak softly and carry a big stick.” Netanyahu speaks loudly and defiantly, but when push comes to shove, he carries a soggy toothpick.
If Netanyahu really wanted to stand up for Israel and show the Muslims and their terrorist henchmen who’s boss, he’d be building up a storm right now . . . all over Israel. But he isn’t.
And that’s why, while I know that Netanyahu is “tougher” than previous choices, he’s not really that tough. And certainly not tough enough.
There’s no bite to match the bark. Sadly.
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