Is Netanyahu So Bad That He is Actually Good?

[tweetmeme] It has crossed my mind more than once in the last couple of days that the extremely conservative Netanyahu coalition might actually be a necessary evil.  Of course, under Bibi, settlement construction has continued to expand and Palestinian rights are nowhere close to being guaranteed, but rather the rather bold move of showing up VP Biden has created a mini-crisis in US-Israeli relations.  As an isolated event, this is a bad thing: the US and Israel have a very strong bond.

But, the crisis has given Obama and Washington an excuse to question the unquestionable.  Unconditional American support for Israel is a drug that is quickly sucking the life out of America’s international image.  Basing American support for Israel on American interests is a smart move and perhaps Bibi has (foolishly) created an opportunity for such a reassessment.  A reassessment of the reasons for American support of Israel would be wise for America and would significantly help the Palestinians.  So is the extremism of the Netanyahu coalition helping Palestine in some sick way?

The New York Times ran an article today on the state of the US-Israel relationship that included a great little ending tidbit:

“Some Palestinians are saying that we should send police and soldiers to guard Netanyahu and Lieberman because they are so good for our cause,” one Palestinian leader joked.

(HT to Andrew Sullivan)

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