This wasn't a showdown, it was a slap down.
If it had been a fight, they would have stopped it.
Friday's showdown between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wasn't close, and it wasn't pretty -- though Netanyahu didn't want to leave any obvious marks. The end result was that our president is suddenly aware that Chicago rules don't work on tough-minded leaders of countries surrounded by terrorists.
The battle between the warrior and the academic was bound to turn out this way. President Obama was a community organizer once. Netanyahu was commander of the Israeli Defense Forces' elite special forces unit, Sayeret Matkal. Faculty meetings can get rough, but not as rough as the hostage rescue mission to free Sabena Flight 571.
So the president's absurd declaration about 1967 borders is off the table. In fact, the table is gone. Israel can wait out the 20 months left to Obama's presidency, or even 48 months if American voters insanely choose to experiment with epic incompetence at the top for another term. Israel isn't going back to the Auschwitz borders, and only a naive and inexperienced academic would think that Thursday's speech would do other than worsen prospects for a negotiated settlement.
Obama's ignorance of Israel's geopolitical situations is astounding. Israel defeated the Arab States when Obama was six years old. I was a senior in high school at the time and remember most vividly the excitement at the news that in six days Israel defeated her enemies. To many of us it was like a miracle. It was a miracle.
When Obama opened his mouth and displayed his foolishness to the entire world he literally walked into a gun fight armed with a Pez candy dispenser. Bibi ate him up.
Between 1948 and 1968 approximately 800,000 Jews were forced to relocate to Israel from almost a dozen Arab states. After the 1967 defeat Muslims instituted pogroms, killing hundreds of Jews and forcing hundreds of thousands to flee. Their property was confiscated by the Muslims.
[...]Netanyahu showed a worldwide audience that purposefulness can be as polite as it is pointed, and that Obama has a glass jaw. A clenched glass jaw, but a glass jaw nonetheless.
Israel isn't going back to the 1967 borders. Hamas cannot be a partner in peace negotiations. And Israel is a friend and a valued ally, not a lap dog. The president would do well to figure out that our country prefers Netanyahu's approach to his. Even the president's own party does.
After the 1967 war there were nearly 250,000 Jews living in Algeria, Egypt and Iraq. They had lived there for almost 2,000 years. By 2004 there were less than 250; approximately 30,000 Jews called Syria home for millenia, now there are fewer than 100.
I will send my terror before thee, and will discomfit all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee.