The state of domestic Israeli politics continues on its hyper-nationalist descent into madness:
The Central Elections Committee on Monday banned Arab political parties from running in next month's parliamentary elections, drawing accusations of racism by an Arab lawmaker who said he would challenge the decision in the country's Supreme Court.
The ruling, made by the body that oversees the elections, reflected the heightened tensions between Israel's Jewish majority and Arab minority caused by Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip. Israeli Arabs have held a series of demonstrations against the offensive.
Knesset spokesman Giora Pordes said the election committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of the motion, accusing the country's Arab parties of incitement, supporting terrorist groups and refusing to recognize Israel's right to exist. Arab lawmakers have traveled to countries listed among Israel's staunchest enemies, including Lebanon and Syria.
When you see a good friend doing something that will inevitably lead to harm, and you have the power to intervene to help that friend, you should do something. The administration's "let Israel do whatever" policy is hurting a lot of people, none more than Israel. I don't see anything shifting domestic politics in Israel at the moment other than a much sharper American rebuke.
I'm not holding my breath, though, that Obama will be any different on this front.