On leading the pack – Alon Pinkas in Haaretz:
‘"The difference between humans and animals? Animals would never allow the dumbest ones to lead the pack." This is what Maj. Michael Haley, currently stationed in the Horn of Africa with the South Carolina National Guard, tweeted about Donald Trump after the former president – in his typically insolent, petty, misogynist and vitriolic way – mocked Nikki Haley Saturday by asking where her husband was and why he wasn't on the campaign trail with her.
A week earlier, Trump had confused his GOP primary opponent with the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. This was after he previously called Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán "the president of Turkey," while sternly warning that if U.S. President Joe Biden wins in November, there could be "World War II." Even more dramatically, if Trump loses Pennsylvania, he said, Biden will change the name of the state if he gets back into the White House.’ (…)
‘The media by and large ignored the NATO comment too, because it had a far more pressing thing to fixate upon: Biden's age and memory lapses. The same reporters who became instant epidemiology experts during the COVID years and, later, Ukrainian history mavens, have now become accredited and seasoned psychiatrists.’
‘Hur, a Republican-appointed prosecutor, found no legal justification to charge Biden but went well beyond his mandate and boundaries, providing an amateur's psychiatric evaluation of the president after five hours of interrogation. He's a "well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory," Hur wrote.’
‘Asked by a hollering journalist about Gaza at the end of a news conference on Thursday, Biden blurted "it's over the top" – apparently referring to the scale and ferocity of Israel's ongoing military operation against Hamas. Some attributed this to Biden's anger over Hur's report and the media circus it unleashed, while others questioned whether he was directly criticizing Israel.’
‘He [Biden] may occasionally confuse names or event dates, and it is legitimate to doubt his suitability for the next four years due to his age. But he knows what he is talking about, and on major issues says exactly what he thinks.
Evidence of that can be found in U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's recent statements on regional reconfiguration, on leaks from Washington that the Americans don't think Israel is close to eliminating Hamas, and a deliberate leak that the United States is exploring and considering recognizing a future Palestinian state.
Right now, Biden is fully aware that his Israel policy, however justified he feels it was, is causing him tangible political damage not just among Arab Americans in Michigan, but across a large segment of young 18- to 40-year-old voters appalled by the war. According to a recent poll, 50 percent of them believe Israel is committing genocide in Gaza.’
‘An angry Biden is a dangerous Biden, which is something Netanyahu should know.’
Read the article here.
First, yes Hur was acting like an amateur-psychiatrist. Somebody should have stopped him. Nobody did. The damage is real. The fact that Trump has age-related issues will be hardly of help to Biden.
It’s beyond irony that Biden’s Israel policy could bring Trump back to power. Speaking of the protest voter and his ignorance. Or is the protest voter just a pyromaniac with different excuses?
Netanyahu will disappear before Hamas, the question is when?
As Harel pointed out in Haaretz, Netanyahu is much more interested in his own survival than in the hostages. See here.
Yes, the US, followed modestly by some European countries, put some mild pressure on Israel. Sanctions against a few violent settlers, the threat to recognize a Palestinian state, but I’m not sure how far Biden would go in an election year. Also, I’m not sure what kind of pressure would be effective. After all, pressure is a game of chess, and even a superpower sometimes loses the game.
The Israelis themselves should get rid of the current government. It’s not a decisive step, it’s a first step. But when?