Love | Peace Two top Israelis were in Washington yesterday. Israel’s defense minister Ehud Barak made the founds at the State Department and the Pentagon, with smiles all around. President Obama even dropped by, staying for 40 minutes. Sounds good.
Across town, on Capitol Hill, the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, was making his own rounds, unfurling maps that showed development in his city’s Jewish and Arab neighborhoods. His message was also clear: Jerusalem will not stop construction in East Jerusalem, either formally or informally, regardless of whether it hurts American efforts to restart peace negotiations.
“There is no freeze,” Mr. Barkat said. “We’re minding our own business, building the city for the residents.”
This is not what President Obama wants to hear days before announcing a resumption of peace talks. Was this a tag team event of divide and conquer? In 2 Officials and 2 Views on Discussing Mideast Peace, we read that Netanyahu can’t keep his bureaucracy in line. It sure looks like chaos to me.