March 17, 2010 Hillary and Israel; You Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks Phil Boehmke In a conference call to the Israeli consuls general on Saturday night, Michael Oren (Israel's ambassador to the United States) informed his diplomatic colleagues that relations with the U.S. were in a state of crisis not seen in 35 years. What should have been a minor incident between trusted allies has been used by the Obama administration for their own political purposes. The Jerusalem Post reports . THERE ARE now ominous signals that to obviate their failures, White House strategists are cynically distancing themselves from us in order to curry popularity by capitalizing on the anti-Israel hatred which has engulfed the world. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been busy escalating a perceived insult to Vice President Biden (the poorly timed announcement of the approval of new homes in Ramat Shlomo) into a stinging rebuke of Israel's commitment to the peace process. For an administration which coddles dictators and reaches out to rogue states it is troubling to watch their treatment of our closest and most reliable ally in the middle east. That Hillary should treat Israel in such an undiplomatic way should not really come as a surprise. In his book American Evita, Christopher Anderson writes. At a time when elements of the American Left embraced the Palestinian cause and condemned Israel, Hillary was telling friends that she was "sympathetic" to the terrorist organization and admired its flamboyant leader, Yasser Arafat. When Arafat made his famous appearance before the UN General Assembly in November 1974 wearing his revolutionary uniform and his holster on his hip, Bill "was outraged like everybody else," said a Yale Law School classmate. But not Hillary, who tried to convince Bill that Arafat was a "freedom fighter" trying to free his people from their Israeli "oppressors." (1) See http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/03/hillary_and_israel_you_cant_te.html for rest of article.