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Sundown: Obama Supplicates Abbas

Plus remembering Fischer and Uncle Leo, and more

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• World’s most powerful man calls disputed leader of foreign-occupied territory to ask him nicely not to propose a U.N. resolution that the world’s most powerful man can, if he wants, squash on command. This is very, very poor diplomacy on the Obama administration’s part. [Haaretz]

• Hating myself for not linking to Rabbi Andy Bachman’s fantastic take on patrilineal descent in the Reform movement. [Forward]

• When is “ethnic cleansing” also “genocide”? For Israel and Jewish scholars, the question hits particularly close to home. [Forward]

• Garry Kasparov on Bobby Fischer. [NYRB]

• Kinda wish this article on Jews for Jesus had made it more clear that it believes that they’re, y’know, not Jews. [New Voices]

• Israel closed its Turkish embassy in Ankara and consulate in Istanbul in response to apparent threats from Hezbollah. [Haaretz]

GOODBYE, Uncle Leo. You made us laugh. (And condolences to cousin Jeffrey.)

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During the Bush Administration, if I recall correctly, the president of the United States was unceremoniously neglected by several Middle Eastern heads of state. To say nothing of having had a shoe thrown at him.

During the fiasco surrounding the Biden visit to Jerusalem and Ramallah last year (remember, the visit heralding America’s assertive promotion of “peace talks” that fizzled in two weeks?), SecDef Gates was ordered by the Saudi king to make an unscheduled stop in Riyadh to explain, not the peace talks since nobody seriously expected them to go anywhere, but the hidden agenda behind the Biden visit and the real reason for the Jerusalem brouhaha, to deal or not with the Iranian nuclear threat. So foreign heads of state embarrassing the US is nothing new. In fact, it is becoming a fact of life as the US retreats from the scene.

But to have the head of an unofficial and entirely dependent non-state publicly turn down a favor requested by the American president, and dare him to proceed against the wishes of the that dependency!

What further evidence is needed to set off a light bulb in Washington that if it hopes to retrieve its position in the Middle East, then whatever it believes is working might be tested against the events on the ground, and CHANGED!

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