Tuesday briefs

The undeclared war: The Iranians are now using Hizbullah to murder IDF soldiers from two borders–Lebanon and Syria. Another IED went off as an IDF patrol passed by on the Israeli side of the Syrian border. This is SOP for Hezballah.

Yeah, they probably did it: Iran is blaming Israel and the U.S. for attempted sabotage of the Arak heavy water reactor. And by “attempted sabotage”, I’m guessing they mean “Shit! They got us again!”

The bias is clear: Mahmoud Abbas is in the White House, and Obama is lobbing softballs. Palestinians “need to take risks” for peace.

“We’re going to have to take some tough political decisions and risks if we’re able to move it forward,” Obama said.

Note that he is not accusing Abbas of not wanting peace–which he did to Netanyahu. Remember this from his interview with Jeffrey Goldberg?

But I believe that Bibi is strong enough that if he decided this was the right thing to do for Israel, that he could do it. If he does not believe that a peace deal with the Palestinians is the right thing to do for Israel, then he needs to articulate an alternative approach. And as I said before, it’s hard to come up with one that’s plausible.

There you have the Obama Middle East problem in a nutshell. He blames Bibi and coddles Abbas. Congress is catching on and pointing that out. But don’t worry, that won’t stop Abbas from demanding Israel release more murderers as a condition to keep talking.

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