Israel lobby attempts to play Washington off against Moscow
By Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
July 6, 2012
Writing in The Weekly Standard, Foundation for Defense of Democracies adjunct fellow Victoria Coates comments on the significance of the memorial to Soviet soldiers, dreamed up by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that was unveiled during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to Israel:
The most recent unexpected twist in the labyrinthine history of the Jewish people commemorated at Netanya may be an increasing rapprochement with the Russian strongman. Having survived so many attempts at extermination, however, the Jews know that they do not always have the luxury of choosing their friends. Given that Russia has significant leverage with both Syria and Iran, while the United States appears to have none, it may seem only prudent to celebrate an example of Russian-Israeli friendship at this juncture. Certainly Israel would prefer to ally with the successor to Washington, Lincoln and Reagan than with a man who considers Joseph Stalin a hero and the break-up of the Soviet Union a catastrophe. The monument at Netanya does not mean the US.-Israel alliance is irrevocably broken. But it is a tangible reminder that we need to take the responsibilities of that relationship seriously, or risk ceding the rights to another—and decidedly unfriendly—party.
Doesn’t this sound less like a friendly suggestion than a thinly-veiled threat? If you don’t give us what we want, Tel Aviv appears to be intimating to Washington, we have other options.