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Losing Face in Israel

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Posted on March 18 2010 8:23 am
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by Ben Smith

The intensity of the U.S. response to an Israeli housing announcement raised high expectations for the Israeli reaction: You can’t just “affront” and “insult” your most important patron, and then expect it to go away, right? Those words are about respect and public shows of strength, not about issue positions.

We’ve now passed the point at which many on the U.S. side expected Prime Minister Netanyahu to eat crow, kill the new housing, and make some other unspecified concessions — and to lose face in the heat of American anger.

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