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Daybreak: Obama Vs. Bibi

Plus before Syrian and after Egyptian blood, and more in the news

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President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu last September.(Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images)

• The backstory on President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s antagonism, and why each may wish to be the first to offer a peace plan. [NYT]

• Tomorrow will be “Great Friday” in Syria. Expect much blood and possibly a real impact. [NYT]

• The three-week Egyptian upheaval took at least 846 lives, according to a government fact-finding mission. [AP/WP]

• What motivated Richard Goldstone’s mea culpa op-ed? [NYT]

• Turkish President Abdullah Gul takes to the Op-Ed Page to insist that his country’s mediation could hold the key to Mideast peace. [NYT]

• Give the Move Over AIPAC folks credit: Much of their rank and file was displeased with the invitation to Helen Thomas, and she has duly pulled out. (Of course, even inviting her in the first place … .) [JPost]

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The posts on the NYTimes story of Obama and Netanyahu sadly show the hatred and anti-semitism of that paper’s readers.

At least the anti-AIPAC group is now restricting themselves to serious Middle East experts like Patch Adams.

Mr Mel says:

“The posts on the NYTimes story of Obama and Netanyahu sadly show the hatred and anti-semitism of that paper’s readers”

That’s nonsense.

““The posts on the NYTimes story of Obama and Netanyahu sadly show the hatred and anti-semitism of that paper’s readers”

That’s nonsense.”

Yes, I left out a qualifier; I should have said “the hatred and anti-semitism of MANY OF that paper’s readers.”

Having caught a glimpse on the train of the NYTimes headline, ‘Netanyahu versus Obama’, (or the other way around, whichever it was) I do think the way they’ve framed the story does reflect their biases. We always seem to be ‘courting Assad’, or trying a ‘reset’ with Putin, or trying to ‘reach a deal with Kim Jong Il’, or ‘extending a hand’ to Ahmedinejad, or even, before the current war, ‘rehabilitating’ Qadaffi.

But these are men who are enemies of America, who in some cases are responsible for the deaths of Americans, and not just military personnel.

Israel is a stalwart ally, and yet the NYTimes pits Obama against Netanyahu, reducing the conflict to the simplistic clash of personalities and interests typically invoked by knee-jerk anti-Israel camp.

Is Netanyahu Obama’s greatest adversary, or the biggest problem in the world or the Middle East?

I think Netanyahu is an abject failure, and I wish he were replaced, but the NYTimes seems incapable of discerning where the actual, structural problems in the Mideast. They have really bought completely into the MoveonAipac line.

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