Flashback to '10. Biden visited Israel.
Obama, Biden and Hillary decided to use the visit to stage an incident with Netanyahu. They claimed that a housing project (which was never built) in Jerusalem passing one stage of a multi-stage review was a calculated and deliberate "insult" to the United States.
Biden refused to come down. Then he did and the results were ugly. Hillary Clinton spent hours screaming at Netanyahu over the phone.
The whole point of this was to stage a fight with Israel as part of a plan to discredit Netanyahu.
Six years later, Obama is pulling the same stunt all over again.
Ahead of US Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to the Holy Land next week, the American administration is “hysterical” about the possibility of Israeli authorities embarrassing him by announcing the construction of new housing during his visit, the Hebrew news site nrg reported on Monday.
According to the exclusive report, the level of anxiety in Washington is so high on this score that senior administration officials are sidestepping proper diplomatic channels and directly appealing to Israeli public figures to prevent an incident similar to that which occurred during Biden’s visit six years ago.
The "level of anxiety" is similar to that experienced by Brer Rabbit asking not to be thrown into the briar patch. This is set dressing for the fight Obama wants to pick.
Israel is not a dictatorship. Prime Ministers actually have less power than presidents. Which means it's quite possible that somewhere, some part of Israel's bureaucracy will review and approve something in one of the many parts of Israel that Obama doesn't want to see any Jews living in.
And, I highly suspect, that Obama Inc. already knows where and when, and has scheduled the visit for just that when.
At the time, Netanyahu apologized to Biden, claiming he had not been aware that the municipal committee tasked with deciding on such matters would be meeting during the visit. Since the “Ramat Shlomo incident,” Netanyahu has demanded that all announcements of construction in Jerusalem be run by him first – something that nrg claimed has dramatically slowed the building process.
However, according to nrg, Biden has indicated a lack of confidence that a similar incident will not occur during his upcoming visit, and therefore a number of phone calls have purportedly been made from Washington to Israel’s housing and interior ministries, as well as to Jerusalem’s City Hall, to “beg” that no such announcements be made next week. However, the same Israeli representatives were told, according to nrg, that “construction in the Arab section of the city would be welcome.”
So aside from crippling construction for Jerusalem, itself an objective, Obama Inc. is adding stress to the situation even though it's entirely up to the White House to regard some committee somewhere signing a piece of paper as an "insult".
So this is a game. It's the kind of game that people play in abusive relationships. Which is what Obama's relationship with Israel is.