An American Political Earthquake

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3978980,00.html, November 03, 2010

The November, 2010 mid-term election produced a seismic political effect:  the widest Congressional and Gubernatorial victory since 1948, eroding Obama's

political clout, and increasing the number of pro-Israel legislators. 

Congress: Yes We Can!

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3908093,00.html, June 22, 2010

The sweeping Capitol Hill support of the Jewish State is a rare bi-partisan consensus during the current US political polarization.

 

The active role played by Democratic leaders in the pro-Israel display, exposes the significant gap between President Obama’s and Congress’ attitudes toward Israel.  It sends a loud and a clear message from the Legislature, which is equal in power to the Executive and constitutes a systematic bastion of support of the Jewish State.

Does Jerusalem Get It?

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3883761,00.html, May 03, 2010

The assumption that Israel is facing an imperial and an omnipotent American president, who supposedly benefits from a health reform-driven political tailwind, is refuted by the April 21-22, 2010 Quinnipiac University Polling Institute findings.  The Institute is quoted often by the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and FOX.

Earthquake in Massachusetts

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3837659,00.html, January 20, 2010

Scott Brown's victory, in the race for the Massachusetts Senate seat, constitutes an unprecedented earthquake in US politics. If a Massachusetts Senate seat is not safe, then no House, Senate or White House seat is safe anymore!

Warning Signs to Democrats and Obama

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3801613,00.html, November 09, 2009

The November 2009 Republican victory has exacerbated Democratic anxiety about the November 2010 election for all 435 House seats, 36 Senate seats and 36 governorships. The GOP success constitutes a severe warning sign to President Obama, who worked tirelessly on behalf of the losers in the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial races. 

The President Proposes but Congress Disposes

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3741070,00.html, July 01, 2009

President Obama and his advisors pressure Prime Minister Netanyahu to avoid intensive contacts with Congress.  They claim that such contacts would undermine the Presidency, and would therefore damage US-Israel relations.  However, refraining from such contacts would demote Congress into a "Supporting Actor", and thus would be an insult to the American People, to its representatives on Capitol Hill and to the US democracy, which regard Congress as a "Co-Starring Actor." In the long run, it would degrade vital Israeli interests and weaken US-Israel relations.

Obama Pressures? No Need to Panic!

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3727711,00.html, June 05, 2009

President Obama's speech in Cairo intensified psychological pressure on the Jewish State.  Obama erodes Israel's special standing in the US.  He has adopted evenhandedness and moral equivalence toward Israel (a staunch democratic ally, a role model of counter-terrorism) and toward the Palestinian Authority (an ally of US' enemies, a role model of terrorism and hate-education). He ignores Israel's ancient history, suggesting that the justification for its existence is rooted in the Holocaust. And, he has transformed "Settlements" into the crux of the Arab-Israel conflict, although Palestinian terrorism and Arab wars against Israel preceded the 1948 establishment of the Jewish State and the 1968 establishment of the first "Settlement."

Israel is not a Banana Republic

http://www.ynet.co.il/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-3665583,00.html, February 06, 2009

In October 1998, on the eve of the Wye Plantation Summit, Democratic leaders of the US House of Representatives told Secretary of State, Madelyn Albright: "Should President Clinton decide to pressure Israel, he would face a Democratic-Republican opposition."  In September 1982, Prime Minister Begin rejected the Reagan Plan – which called for an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria – by throwing the official envelope at the lap of the US Ambassador, declaring: "Israel is not a Banana Republic."  In spite of – and probably due to – the blunt rejection, the Reagan era enhanced US-Israel strategic relations in an unprecedented manner.

Quo Vadis Obama?

"Makor Rishon" weekly, December 26, 2008

The ties with the US constitute Israel's backbone militarily, diplomatically, financially, commercially and technologically.  These ties are not shaped exclusively by the President, even when the President's own party enjoys overwhelming majorities in both chambers of Congress. Much is shaped by the House and the Senate, sometimes in defiance of the White House. Moreover, Israel is not a classic-foreign-policy-issue.  Israel benefits from a unique foundation of mutual-values, which precedes its own establishment in 1948 and even 1776. US-Israel relations have constituted a win-win two-way street. How will they be impacted by the incoming Obama Administration?

THE LIMITS TO U.S. PRESSURE ON ISRAEL

"What's Going On?! - Basic Facts on The State of Israel," edited by Prof. Ezra Zohar, August 01, 2002

Does the Department of State reflect the position of the US President, Congress and public toward Israel?

Does the US Administration express - exclusively or dominantly - the US position on Israel?

Does Israel's defiance of White House pressure undermine US-Israel relations, and are the bilateral relations advanced by Israeli submission to US pressure?

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