Will an Undiplomatic Appointment Hurt Israel?

A lot of people in Israel are both shocked and outraged. The response from some American Jews as well as the U.S. foreign policy establishment could best be described as dumbfounded. By appointing Danny Danon, a harsh opponent of the idea of a two-state solution to the conflict with the Palestinians, as Israel’s new ambassador to the United Nations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has seemingly validated criticisms that claim he doesn’t care about peace. The thought of putting Danon, a man best known for his hard-right politics, shoot-from-the-hip style and ferocious ambition seems just about the opposite of what Israel or any nation needs representing it at the United Nations.

  • Dave

    As I see it, the U.N. appoints hard left anti-Israel clowns all the time so I’m thinking there needs to be a STRONG opponent to help balance things.
    But hey, I’m no diplomat.

    • k1992

      That makes sense. Personally, I was thinking that most nations (including the US) at the UN basically treat Israel like a pariah so what difference does it really make anyway? They’re just going to keep on bashing Israel regardless.

  • Ron MacDonald

    He’s sending a message to Obama.

  • Blacksmith

    So they are surprised Bibi is giving the bird to Oblowme and the UN? I for one and not surprised.

    • Maggat

      I for one, am all for it.

  • Brett_McS

    No point in ‘getting along’ with either Obozo or the UN.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Why not? No point in pretending anything would ever make the least difference.

  • luna

    Two States is not the solution. What offends Muslims is the existence of the Jewish state of Israel.

  • luna

    The UN has become another battlefield against Israel. Might as well send in someone who will aggressively defend the countries right to exist.

  • Jay Currie

    Israel has realized – officially rather than tacitly – that it is on its own. Sending a hardcore guy to the UN makes perfect sense. So does, as is being reported at Debka.com, selling drone technology to the Jordanians. And working with the Egyptians to fight Hamas and ISIS. And providing intelligence to Saudi to take on Iranian proxies in Yemen.

    • dukestreet

      Biblical prophesy being played out before our eyes. The Bible talks about a ‘do not attack alliance between Israel,Jordan & Egypt. I don’t remember the Biblical name of the Saudis. I think that the Philistines is a term used for the people who would now be the Palestinians.

  • Alain

    Those who are “shocked and outraged” were never allies or friends of Israel and in fact never will be. Let them be as shocked and outraged as they choose. Diplomacy for them means pretending that a moose turd is a pearl or diamond and basically that shit doesn’t stink.

    • bverwey

      Agree. Israel needs to act more like Trump …. kick the click in the balls.

      • Alain

        “Balls” you say? Surely you jest.

        • Justin St.Denis

          I was about to say the same thing.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Israel has nothing to lose in fighting boorishness with boorishness. And the more fiercely and forthrightly Israel defends itself, the more respect it gains.