Has this story been denied yet? Here I am, sitting in the National Library, waiting for the 17th of Tammuz Fast to end, and this is what I read in Haaretz:
Netanyahu appears to be suffering from confusion and paranoia. He is convinced that the media are after him, that his aides are leaking information against him and that the American administration wants him out of office. Two months after his visit to Washington, he is still finding it difficult to communication normally with the White House. To appreciate the depth of his paranoia, it is enough to hear how he refers to Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod, Obama's senior aides: as "self-hating Jews."
"He thought that his speech at Bar-Ilan would become mandatory reading at schools in the United States, and when he realized that Obama gave no such order, he went back to being frustrated," one of his associates said.
"One of his associates"? With "associates" like that, who needs Haaretz?
The story, about Bibi's paranoia can be read here. It's by Barak Ravid, the guy I always pillory because he acts as a shofar for unnamed government sources, usually in the Foreign Ministry.
"It's not about you, Abba," as my kids say, but would it be churlish of me to remind my readers that I endorsed Bibi for Prime Minister way back in November? I knew that I would be reading stories like this one. I cannot think of a better political constellation for US-Israel relations than Obama in the White House and Bibi in the Dog House. (Well, maybe Jimmy Carter in the White House.)
As for Axelrod and Emmanuel, stick with it guys. Let's hope that years of "palling around" with Chicago terrorists and PLO apologists have done the trick. In the meantime, you have a long way to go before you get to the Self-Hating-Jew club. I'll let you know when you qualify.
(Must be the fast getting to me…. )