Leading Democrat: "Israeli Leader Is an A** Kisser!"
UPDATE: Democrats Threaten Israel!
** Democrats are outraged that Israel had the nerve to criticize Pelosi!
Judith W. sent this news from the Jewish Daily Forward:
Dems Warn Olmert About Playing Politics
Despite Concilliatory Talk, Tension Remains Over Criticism of Pelosi
Washington – Israeli officials and Democratic lawmakers are working to mend fences after the fallout between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following Pelosi’s visit to Damascus. But Democrats are still angry about what they see as Olmert’s desperate attempts to align himself with President Bush even if it means wading into American political controversies.
Since then, Olmert is said to have apologized to Pelosi, and Israel’s ambassador to Washington has praised the speaker. But some Democrats are still upset at Olmert’s actions and attribute them to his weakened political standing at home.
“It’s all politics,” said Rep. Gary Ackerman, a New York Democrat who chairs the House Subcommittee on the Middle East. When asked what led Olmert to criticize Pelosi’s trip to Damascus, Ackerman said that the Israeli premier had “kissed President Bush’s ass.”
Is this how the democrats plan on building alliances?
It’s not that Pelosi messed up and gave the wrong message to the Syrians.
It’s all Israel’s fault!
Powerline has the Caroline Glick’s latest article on Fighting Israel’s Next War. Syria has been openly preparing for war since the last summer. And in the space of the past week alone, the Syrians twice announced their intention to attack Israel. Obviously, Israel is concerned about the democratic maneuverings in the region.
UPDATE: (11:00 PM CST) Democrats Threaten Israel!!!
Shmuel Rosner writes at Haaretz.com:
As Guttman wrote Thursday: “Israeli officials and Democratic lawmakers are working to mend fences”, and the Waxman-Ackerman statement is a first sign. Sources in Washington told me today that next week, when all the Democratic Presidential hopefuls will appear before delegates to the National Jewish Democratic Council conference, we will see more of this conciliatory tone coming to fore.
However, this source said, “even as our leadership is working to calm things down, the rank and file Democrats are getting tired of these Israeli maneuvers.” If Israel doesn’t “get its act together” and doesn’t reciprocate these pacifying moves – “if Olmert keeps doing such irresponsible things” – it will get more “difficult for Democrats who do care about Israel” to defend their position.
It almost sounded like a threat.
Umm… It was a threat!