--It is not true to say "skeptics can't help but gloat." I have seen about 15 articles written by real live conservatives that all took a totally different tack. They read what was important in the Obama statement as an anti-Israel theme, blaming Israel for the lack of peace. Others have predicted dire consequences for Israel from Obama's visit. As far as I know I'm the only person who has written up the event as a victory for Israel.
But you see the problem is stereotyped approaches. Zacharia and company are looking at things in terms of Obama always doing good. Conservatives tend to look at things as Obama always doing bad. What's rejected by Zacharia and her type is trying to figure out what's actually happening.
I think the typical analysis among both Obama's supporters and critics is to say what Jeffrey Goldberg, one of the best writers on the region, told Haaretz: ""The Obama of the first term did not come to Israel and demanded a settlement freeze. The Obama of the second term is coming to Israel so he could be in the position to demand a settlement freeze in the future."
Some who say that like it; some who say that don't like it. But it seems to be what everyone but me is saying. Yet I believe Obama has learned something and I also believe that the Palestinian Authority and Arab states--many of which are now ruled by Islamists--will never give Obama an incentive to press Israel.
--The word "gloat" is intended to make the "liberal" readers of Slate angry and ignore what I said. Gloating is a nasty behavior, bragging, taking pleasure in others failures, etc. Change the words to read: gloating about the poor state of the U.S. economy, gloating about the mess in Egypt. The use of the word gloating cancels out the fact that someone was correct and that the writer was wrong. An attempt to understand an important issue has been turned into a ping-pong game. Rather than "gloating," I explained why Israel should talk about what a great president Obama is even though I retained freedom of action as an individual. I think that also accurately predicted what is happening on this trip.
--By not mentioning my being Israeli, Zacharia redefines the "we" who has won a victory. I meant the "we" as Israeli interests. But by the way she wrote it (Zacharia teaches communications, remember) it would appear that the "we" are American conservative opponents of Obama! So suppose you like Israel but also like Obama. That turns my analysis from something you would regard as a good thing--good for Israel and Obama since he would avoid making a policy mistake--into a bad thing--some nasty, smirking person attacking your favorite political leader.
Oh, and this is rich. She concludes that the American media hate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as much as Bush. True, but that's through the work of people like her.
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