(IsraelNN.com) Tension between the United States and Israel has reportedly led to a heated internal debate within the US administration, between White House Middle East strategist Dennis Ross and special Middle East envoy George Mitchell.
Politico reporter Laura Rozen quoted an unnamed US official as saying that Ross “seems to be far more sensitive to Netanyahu's coalition politics than to US interests. And he doesn't seem to understand that this has become bigger than Jerusalem but is rather about the credibility of this Administration.”
The Big O thinks he is "bigger than Jerusalem"?! In the words of my Youngest, Holy crap!
Noah Pollak weighs in at contentions:
It’s disturbing to see the vitriol being dumped on Dennis Ross, who may be one of the only voices in the administration with a sophisticated understanding of the issues.... This is poisonous....
And if you haven't yet had enough CHANGE for one day, check this out: The United States May Abstain if the UN Security Council Votes on Eastern Jerusalem Construction.
Will that threat be included in Obama's Passover "greeting"? Will there be an Obama Passover "greeting"?
Oops, this just in.
When Passover begins at sunset on Monday evening, Mr. Obama and about 20 others will gather for a ritual that neither the rabbinic sages nor the founding fathers would recognize.
In the Old Family Dining Room, under sparkling chandeliers and portraits of former first ladies, the mostly Jewish and African-American guests will recite prayers and retell the biblical story of slavery and liberation, ending with the traditional declaration “Next year in Jerusalem.” (Never mind the current chill in the administration’s relationship with Israel.)
Just so you know, that disrespectful disregard in parentheses comes from the New York Times writer, Jodi Kantor -- not me!
Top aides like David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett will attend, but so will assistants like 24-year-old Herbie Ziskend. White House chefs will prepare Jewish participants’ family recipes, even rendering chicken fat — better known as schmaltz — for just the right matzo ball flavor.
If last year is any guide, Malia and Sasha Obama will take on the duties of Jewish children, asking four questions about the night’s purpose — along with a few of their own — and scrambling to find matzo hidden in the gleaming antique furniture.
At the close of the Seder, Mr. Obama added his own ending — “Next year in the White House!”
Dear Gd in Heaven, he really does think he's bigger than Jerusalem.