Sept. 6 (Bloomberg) -- It was an extraordinary scene:
President Barack Obama, sitting impassively in the Oval
Office in May as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
lectured him, at considerable length and at times
condescendingly, on Jewish history, Arab perfidy and the
existential challenges facing his country.
What was extraordinary wasn’t the message -- it was
not an untypical Netanyahu sermon. What was notable was
that Netanyahu was lecturing the president live on
television, during a photo opportunity staged so that the
two leaders could issue platitudes about the enduring bonds
between their nations.