U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro leveled some harsh criticism at the country during a security conference in Tel Aviv, saying that Israel has “two standards of adherence to the rule of law: one for Israelis and another for Palestinians.” This sort of public admonishment is nearly unheard of in current American-Israeli relations.
In the wake of his widely condemned remarks last week—remarks that seemed to play right into the hands of Holocaust deniers and revisionists—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would like to offer a few points of clarification: 1) The Nazis definitely did the Holocaust, but 2) we should still definitely blame the Palestinians, too.
While Barack Obama was sharing fine teas and cakes with the Queen of England and Kate Middleton in London today, hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu swooped himself into a long, colorful address to a joint session of Congress. Everyone loved the guy, especially Republicans! Is there any sort of waiver or whatever that they can give him to run for the U.S. presidency? Some would hope.