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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addresses Congress

Posted by Dana Pico on 2012/03/06

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PM: Israel has acted against US advice before

 Binyamin Netanyahu with Speaker John Boehner.

Netanyahu tells congress Israel has historically acted in its own interests against American advice; Boehner pledges Congress will never let Jewish state ‘stand alone.’

By Herb Keinon, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
03/07/2012 00:39

WASHINGTON – Citing historical precedents in which the US and Israel did not see eye-to-eye and Israel acted according to its own perception of its interests, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told congressional leaders Tuesday that Israel viewed things differently than the US did at times, because it was not a global power and was more vulnerable.

Israeli sources said Netanyahu, meeting congressional leaders before flying back to Israel Tuesday evening, noted that David Ben-Gurion declared independence against the advice of the US; Levi Eshkol launched a preemptive attack in 1967, against Washington’s counsel; and Menachem Begin decided to bomb the Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981 despite US opposition.

America has global interests, while Israel is “on the ground and more vulnerable,” Netanyahu said in reference to Iran, saying that this made for a very different perspective.

A very different perspective! While the United States has global interests, Iran does not pose an existential threat to the United States; if Iran succeeds in building nuclear weapons, she would pose an existential threat to Israel.

This is not to say that the United States has never faced an existential threat. Russia has enough nuclear weapons, mounted on sophisticated delivery systems, to turn this country into a radioactive black hole in the ground. And while Russia seems like more of a remote threat now than the old Soviet Union was, the threat still persists.

But Americans really know very little about existential threats. The threat of a sudden Soviet nuclear attack, which was always possible, was still a sort of unrealistic, hazy, implausible, and just plain unreal thing. I am old enough to remember nuclear attack drills in kindergarten, where the teachers would have us scramble under our desks, on the red mats on which we’d take our daily kindergarten naps, but those were back in 1958, when Nikita Sergeievich Khrushchev was Premier and Cпутник was our new orbiting moon. For Americans, the existential threat was always just a threat, something never carried out, and something very unlikely to ever be carried out.

For the Israelis, an existential threat is all too real, because the Jews have faced a real, actual attempt to kill every last one of them, and though now quite elderly, there are still Holocaust survivors living in Israel. Even after the end of the Third Reich and the liberation from the concentration camps, the recovering Jews still faced real opposition in their attempt for form a new state, not just from the hostile Arabs in the Levant, but from the British, who, fearing the Arab reaction if too many Jewish refugees were allowed into the Levant, threw many of them into the Atlit detainee camp. Israel was formed again not by peaceful Jewish refugees from the devastation of Europe, but by an armed struggle against the British Mandatory Authority. This is part of the history that every Israeli child learns, is part of the culture that every Israeli knows, and is still attested to by some of the now very elderly men, and women, who fought for Israeli independence.

We Americans don’t understand the Arabs, and cannot see the appeal that political Islam has for Muslims in the Middle East. The Israelis, being much closer to Western civilization than the Arabs, are a people with whom we can more closely identify. But if we more closely identify with them, many of the Israelis really are cultural strangers to us. While we can kind of, sort of picture the Israeli settlers as analogous to our Western pioneers, they were actually quite different, rarely safe, scratching out an existence in a barren land, surrounded by hostile natives who could not be driven far off, and with the women just as responsible for the defense of the community as the men.

The Israelis are somewhat closer to us than the Arabs, culturally speaking, but only somewhat. When Prime Minister Netanyahu notes that Israel has gone its own way on certain issues of critical importance to them, it has often been because the Israelis believed there was no other choice. Some Americans believe that the Israelis ought to be willing to take chances for peace; that is easy to say when your country is safe and secure behind 3,000 miles of blue water. When your country is a small nation, one that can be driven across in an hour, it may not seem that there is a lot of room to take chances.
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Cross Posted on THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL.

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But It’s The Gimmicks That Get The Votes!

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2012/03/06

Ed Morrissey writes:

So much for a fast start to the recover[y] in 2012. A week after announcing the worst durable-goods orders report in three years, the Commerce Department’s report on factory orders and shipments in January show the worst outcome in sixteen months[.] [pdf]

He then explains why — gimmicks which caused people to make their already-planned purchases earlier than they had planned. And he explains why there will be no robust or sustained recovery anytime soon:

Thanks to the ambiguity of tax policy, energy prices, and regulation in the marketplace, perhaps especially the ambiguity in regulations like Dodd-Frank and ObamaCare, capital investors can’t price long-term risk at all. That means that they can’t make informed decisions on capital investment for business expansions and new-business creation, and so their capital stays on the sidelines. Until we quit tinkering with gimmicky, temporary tax breaks and reform the long-term tax codes, we’re not going to see robust and sustained economic growth.

But you see, those are Conservative fixes, nominally Republican fixes, and they won’t get any votes from the Democrat base or the ignorant (do research the dictionary definition of the term) voters, who easily fall for gimmicks out of their own ignorance. And besides, as I have repeated multiple times in the past, Barack Obama is not at all interested in a recovery and a return to robust economic growth; such would devastate his goal of turning the Free Market capitalist Republic into a Socialist tyranny. Obama learned at the feet of Cloward, Piven, Alinsky, Marx, and many other extreme radical Leftists (many who were Soviet operatives, others died prior to Obama’s learning at their feet, but learn, he did) (HT Patterico’s Pontifications and Hot Air).

No, Obama does not want to fix the economy. He wants to Cloward-Piven the government and the economy, so the Greece-on-the-Potomac can collapse, the US economy can collapse and people will be clamoring for the Red Dawn of the coming Socialist tyranny Obama wants to usher forth here in this country. But Obama needs to keep the lemmings placated. He needs to keep selling his snake oil and pretending to be trying to do something in order to keep his job, so he can do his best to complete the destruction of the US from (ostensibly) within.

The gimmicks will only further delay any recovery or robust growth, and anyone with a lick of sense knows this. But the gimmicks will garner a lot of votes from the rabid Left and the ignorant, while simultaneously capsizing the Ship of State. And that’s why he’s doing it.

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