Brain Bush’s Blog

The Apology Won't Go Away

  • By : Brian Bush
  • March 25, 2014
  • 4:13 pm

Hello Everyone,

The controversy over Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon's recent remarks regarding US foreign policy and Israel-US relations is still making the news here in Israel.

The Defense Minister has 'apologized', in his mind, but not to the American Administration's satisfaction this second time. His Boss, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu made him 'do it'.

This is Mr. Ya'alon's first 'apology' to the American Administration was made mid January.

But here is what is coming out; Israelis think that Moshe Ya'alon spoke the 'truth', expressing how many Israeli's feel.

That 'truth', is that the Obama Administration is week in it's foreign policy and that Mr. Kerry is seeking to 'shove the peace process down the parties' throats'.

Mr. Ya'alon's comments have been viewed in some circles here as “childish”. But he was speaking what was on his mind – and apparently the minds of the majority of Israelis according to one poll.

Ya'alon's damage was in fact due, because he was very blunt in speaking about a Statesman of an ally – much less the President of the United States.

His view differs from that of the President. President Barak Obama is not using America's power in the Ukrainian crisis with Russia over the Crimean Peninsula.

Mr. Obama has identified the limits of power and prefers using diplomacy and economic strength to 'contain' Russia.

Mr. Ya'alon, in his comments in January put his feelings on the table – that the peace process is not relative because Israelis and Palestinians are not on the verge of peace. And polls show that the majority of Israelis do not believe in the negotiations.

In his second comments about two weeks ago, he was playing on the common belief that most Israelis have, that America do not understand the Middle East and that it's actions in the region over the Arab Spring demonstrate this.

But what's funny here is that people aren't talking much about America's longstanding and huge support – especially militarily, during Mr. Obama's two terms, for Israel.

The President of the United States is the leader of his country, and not a member of Israel's political system, who is not necessarily under obligation of office to act in a way favorable to a foreign country's populace.

Having said that, Administration officials are quick to point out that Mr. Obama has done more to protect the population of Israel than any previous President has.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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