Will Aid Ship Attack Harm US-Israeli Ties?

White House Largely Mute on Massacre

Israel’s impromptu massacre of a boatload of aid workers in international waters has caused something of an international stir, but other than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceling a White House visit what effect will it have with the Obama Administration.

So far the sum total of the Obama Administration’s response was a brief phone call in which he “expressed the importance of learning all the facts and circumstances around this morning’s tragic events as soon as possible.

Privately however many are expressing doubts about how sustainable the Obama Administration’s attempts to combine unquestioned support for Israel with efforts to appear moderate internationally.

The key to the administration’s strategy has been the indirect peace talks between Israel and the PA, but the massacre could well put enormous pressure of the PA to abandon the talks.

As Israel finds itself increasingly isolated internationally the Obama Administration will likely find itself scrambling for a new policy, one that doesn’t involve praising the right-far-right coalition government in Israel every time its military attacks something.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.