Tom Friedman to Israel. You’re driving drunk

Message from America to the Israeli government: Friends don’t let friends drive drunk. And right now, you’re driving drunk. You think you can embarrass your only true ally in the world, to satisfy some domestic political need, with no consequences? You have lost total contact with reality. Call us when you’re serious. We need to focus on building our country.

Haaretz echoes the sentiment.

Netanyahu is trading Israeli security for right-wing ideology

There is one reason for the crisis: Netanyahu’s persistence in continuing construction in East Jerusalem, in placing Jews in Arab neighborhoods and evicting Palestinians from their homes in the city

Clinton made clear to Netanyahu that it was impossible to expand Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem and also enjoy America’s friendship. Netanyahu’s flip-flopping games have come to an end. Even at the price of risks involving domestic party politics, he should opt for what is in the national interest and act to strengthen American support for Israel.

Israel needs to realize without the economic and military support of the US that it would be smoking rubble. Then act accordingly. And the US needs to put rights of Palestinians equal with those of Israelis. Palestinian had their land was stolen from them. They need a place to call home. There will not be peace until they do.

Both quotes via Andrew Sullivan.