Tuesday, September 22, 2009

PR Negotiating Hype? or Unbending Principles?

Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, according to his aid, media adviser Nir Hefetz, won't bend on the "settlement issue."  Read carefully, Hefetz is his "media adviser," that means public relations, image etc.  I wouldn't read much policy in that.

Bibi has already come out with lots of mixed messages about our rights to live freely in the Land of Israel.  He's a PR expert, a master with words and images.  The big problem is that the State of Israel isn't some toiletries or shoes to be marketed.  It's a life and death issue.

Our enemies, like Jimmy Carter, are uncompromising in their demands that we have no rights to live and build Jewish life, homes, communities in Judea and Samaria.  We in Israel and Jews all over the world must recognize the fact that the world doesn't care what happens to us.  They didn't care seventy years ago when the Nazis persecuted and murdered Jews, and they don't care now.  The war against the Nazis had nothing whatsoever to do with helping Jews.  It was to stem German aggression.  Germany's aim was to take over the world starting in Europe.  That's what World War Two was all about.  A historian like Netanyahu should know that.

There's nothing for Bibi to discuss with Obama.  He should stay home and build our country!  That's the best defense!


Anonymous said...

when the leader of the free world calls, you go. at least as a courtesy.
and netanyahu is not a historian. his father is.

Hadassa said...

Israel owes no courtesy to America, which has never been a friend to Israel. As far as Bibi not being a historian, he does have a list of books to his credit. I did a Google search in English only, and the list I found may not be all inclusive. A Hebrew search might yield more.
Titles: A Durable Peace: Israel and Its Place Among the Nations, Fighting Terrorism, The Jerusalem Alternative: Moral Clarity for Ending the Arab-Israeli Conflict (by Bibi and others), A Place among the Nations: Israel and the World, by Bibi Netanyahu and International Terrorism: Challenge and Response, Terrorism: How the West Can Win, edited by Bibi.
That list may not qualify Bibi Netanyahu as a historian, but he still should know better than to engage in useless discussions with Obama.

goyisherebbe said...

Obama was the leader of the free world until he more or less abdicated the position and denied the concept. He is now trying to have his cake and eat it too and maybe also lose weight. He is not going to have even as many allies following behind him as Bush did when it comes to any serious strategic decision. But then again Obama may never make one. Last week I heard that Obama said he was losing patience with Netanyahu. Although I didn't chase after a verification of that statement, if it is true I have to say that I strangely agree with it. The problem is that it's for the opposite reason.

Batya said...

a, Obama is Pres of US, and that's it. The US is declining as a power, and that decline has speeded up with Obama at the helm. Israel doesn't have to jump for Obama.

I've hear Bibi off-the-cuff history answers, and he's a historian by nature and knowledge.

Hadassa, goyish, I agree.

Keli Ata said...

Bibi should stay home and just tell Obama he has nothing to say to him.

People are starting to buck against Obama (ie. Rep. Joe Wilson who publicly called Obama a liar--the very public "You Lie" comment and pointing finger).

Obama is media hound and graves public approval like a junky craves crack cocaine. Reject him and he'll get the message loud and clear. That's what Bibi needs to do.

And for future reference, Israelis should prepare plenty of signs reading "You Lie" for Obama's next visit to Israel.

How do you write You Lie in Hebrew?

Keli Ata said...

In case you missed it, here's the video in which GOP Joe Wilson says those famous two words to Obama.


If Obama can put his feet up and point the soles of his shoes while talking to Bibi as if to say 'you're beneath me' Bibi can reciprocate and not meet with him in person.