Israel waits until US President is in the Middle of the World Stage before it moves on building 900 additional housing units in East Jerusalem, considered by all but the Israeli to be Palestinian territory.
“Dismayed,” is how Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs reacted.
This, after Sec State Hillary Clinton congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on his ‘restraint’ in his building program on Palestinian territory.
Since his inauguration, Obama had tried to get a peace process in that part of the Middle East back on track but has been constantly embarrassed by Netanyahu’s rebuffs.
Recently, high profile US opinion leaders have questioned the US gift program that sends $3 billion of military equipment to Israel each year. The US is getting absolutely nothing in return but public ridicule.
Obama should know better than to turn his back on Netanyahu.