This is the true definition of bipartisanship: when three quarters of the members of the House of Representatives come together to sign a letter expressing a single strong opinion on a subject.
In this case, the strong opinion expressed was disapproval of the ongoing, damaging, and dangerous denigration of Israel by the Obama administration. You may recall President Obama’s appalling lack of diplomacy toward Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu last week, Joe Biden’s very undiplomatic reaction to the Israeli announcements the week before of new settlements being built, and Hillary Clinton’s public reprimand of Netanyahu as a result of that announcement.
This is simply another foreign policy disaster in a long string of foreign policy disasters for this administration.
Perhaps the letter, addressed to Obama’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and signed by 337 Representatives will have some effect on the clear attitude of disdain this President has toward one of our closest and most important allies.
“We are writing to reaffirm our commitment to the unbreakable bond that exists between our country and the State of Israel and to express to you our deep concern over recent tension,” the letter read. “A strong Israel is an asset to the national security of the United States and brings stability to the Middle East.
“We are concerned that the highly publicized tensions in the relationship will not advance the interests the US and Israel share. Above all, we must remain focused on the threat posed by the Iranian nuclear weapons program to Middle East peace and stability.”
Or perhaps, as is usual with this president, he will ignore the will of the people, in this case, as voiced by more than 75% of their representatives, and continue to drive wedges between America and Israel until either Israel no longer exists, or until President Obama is finally voted out of office in 2012.
I know which outcome I’m rooting for.