In a column in The Atlantic magazine titled “What Obama is Actually Trying to Do in Israel,” [Jeffrey] Goldberg, who is close to Obama, said the president wanted to cause a rupture in Netanyahu’s coalition that would necessitate bringing in Kadima. He said he spoke about the matter with officials in the White House.
“I’ve been on the phone with many of the usual suspects (White House and otherwise), and I think it’s fair to say that Obama is not trying to destroy America’s relations with Israel; he’s trying to organize Tzipi Livni’s campaign for prime minister, or at least for her inclusion in a broad-based centrist government,” Goldberg wrote. [...]
At a Kadima rally in the North on Tuesday night, Livni accused Netanyahu of “weakening Jerusalem” by “acting stupidly.”
“Had the opposition acted in a statesmanlike manner, Israel would not be under such international pressure,” Elkin said. “Israel is a democracy, and only its citizens will decide what our coalition will look like.” [...]
Israel Beiteinu MK David Rotem said Obama should “check how many gangsters he has in his own government.”
He called the prospect of Kadima replacing Israel Beiteinu in the coalition “wishful thinking on the part of the reporter.”
“With all his problems, Obama should be too busy to run our government,” Rotem said.
A Shas official noted Goldberg’s Jewish name and said that “even in Medieval times, Jews were their own worst enemies.”
Fair. Balanced. American.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
About your last name, Mr. Goldberg...