Stephen Walt, co-author with John Miersheimer of the best-selling book The Israel Lobby, has recently started a blog on FP [Foreign Policy]. It is well worth reading. Pithy and factual Walt brings undoubted expertise to his analysis of whatever he is writing on.
In one of his recent pieces "The more things change...." he writes:
"Several prominent bloggers (including Andrew Sullivan, Juan Cole, and Matt Yglesias) have taken note of Ehud Olmert's remarkable statement claiming credit for getting the United States to abstain from the U.N. Security Council Resolution on Gaza, even though the United States had helped write it. Sullivan suggests that the episode reveals just how differently the government of Israel was treated compared to other governments during the Bush years.
He's right, but this pattern of behavior didn't start in 2001. As a number of participants have chronicled, the Clinton administration let the government of then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak determine the direction and pace of Arab-Israeli peace negotiations and Barak often treated Clinton and his aides in a remarkably peremptory fashion. Even Dennis Ross's memoir The Missing Peace (which is generally sympathetic to the Israeli perspective), betrays repeated irritation at Barak's highhandedness (see especially pp. 530-532, 539, 550-551, 578-580). The apotheosis was Clinton's abortive meeting with Syrian President Hafez al Assad in Geneva in March 2000. Undertaken at Barak's insistence, Clinton later complained to the Israeli PM that the meeting made him feel "like a wooden Indian sitting there doing your bidding."