Thursday, July 21, 2011

The US capital shouldn’t be Tel Aviv
For those who missed it and those who just might care, the new American Ambassador to Israel is Dan Shapiro, who was sworn in by Hillary Clinton in front of a power-packed audience on Friday. Shapiro described his passion for the job and said that President Obama had instructed him that Israel’s security is his top priority. Now some of us old-fashioned types have long believed that an American ambassador is supposed to represent US interests, but that is apparently no longer the case, at least when Israel is involved. Even assuming that Obama is dissimulating just a tad to burnish his pro-Israeli credentials, the assertion that Israel’s security is job number one should be producing some indigestion somewhere in the media or punditocracy, but, alas, I cannot find it.
From @TAC.

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