The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT & ANALYSIS -

Noah Pol­lack dis­sects Barack Obama’s state­ment on the cri­sis in Le­banon, which, he says: “Surely must be cause for cel­e­bra­tion in Tehran, Da­m­as­cus, and Bint Jbeil. First of all, there is the al­ter­nate­re­al­ity feel to it: ‘This ef­fort to un­der­mine Le­banon’s elected gov­ern­ment needs to stop, and all those who have in­flu­ence with Hizbol­lah must press them to stand down im­me­di­ately.’ Does Obama un­der­stand that the peo­ple who ‘have in­flu­ence with Hizbol­lah’ hap­pen to be the same peo­ple on whose be­half Hizbol­lah is ram­pag­ing through Le­banon? Then there is the ab­surd pre­scrip­tion: ‘It’s time to en­gage in diplo­matic ef­forts to help build a new Le­banese con­sen­sus that fo­cuses on elec­toral re­form, an end to the cur­rent cor­rupt pa­tron­age sys­tem, and the de­vel­op­ment of the econ­omy that pro­vides for a fair dis­tri­bu­tion of ser­vices, op­por­tu­ni­ties and em­ploy­ment.’ So that’s the prob­lem in Le­banon? Eco­nomics and the elec­toral sys­tem?” com­men­tary­magazine. com/blogs

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