Sunday, July 4, 2010

As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap

I guess this is what J Street means when it asks for (and receives) "Presidential leadership" in the Middle East:

Nudge on Arms Further Divides the U.S. and Israel (front page article, New York Times, 4 July 2010)

The article discusses how the the Obama administration has bowed to pressure that the final version of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty push Israel to sign the document — a way of pressuring the Jewish state. In doing so, the U.S. is essentially tossing out its longstanding policy of ambiguity regarding Israel’s presumed nuclear stockpile.

Says the Times:

The United States, recognizing that the document would upset the Israelis, sought to distance itself even as it signed it.
In a statement released after the conference ended, the national security adviser, Gen. James L. Jones, said, “The United States deplores the decision to single out Israel in the Middle East section of the NPT document.” He said it was “equally deplorable” that the document did not single out Iran for its nuclear ambitions. . . .

"Deplorable," perhaps, but not so much so that the current administration won't throw Israel under the bus yet again.

Link to full article here.