- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 6, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Chicken Little eventually deduced that the sky was not, in fact, falling. Washington Times contributing editor Arnaud de Borchgrave might take this parable under his wing and consider that, perhaps, rather than being monopolistically preoccupied with Iran (“Biden’s ‘Operation Boondoggle,’ ” Opinion, March 16), Israel today is as focused on the short-term challenges of its near Middle East as is President Obama.

Unlike the president, however, Israeli public opinion might be slightly more insulted by threats to liquidate the Jewish state or charges that the Mossad and the Central Intelligence Agency under former President George W. Bush manufactured the atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001.

As there is as yet no defined network of nuclear weapons assembly to target in Iran, Israeli hints and intimations of a pre-emptive military strike have always been something of a bluff. That is especially the case now, when, unmentioned in Mr. de Borchgrave’s recitation of Israeli designs on the eastern half of the Jerusalem municipality, bands of Palestinian rioters, encouraged by Hamas and factions within the Palestinian Authority, are roaming the streets hurling concrete at Jewish automobiles, burning tires and shooting at riot cops. Why? They are protesting the mythical Zionist plots to rebuild the Temple atop the Al Asqa mosque.

Mr. Obama is not known to be personally insulted by the Palestinian re-enactment of the old-school Weathermen’s “days of rage,” which may tell us something. Even with the shifting haze of tear gas as a guide, it is not always easy to tell which way the wind blows.

PAUL FREEDMAN

Falls Church, Va.

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