Indyk Bashes Israel, Obama on Yom Kippur

Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk / AP

The U.S.-Israel alliance “is crumbling” due to waning support for Israel among Democrats and “total disrespect” for the Obama administration among segments of the Israeli government, according to President Barack Obama’s former Middle East envoy Martin Indyk, who alternately bashed Israel and the White House during a frank off-the-record talk at a Washington, D.C., synagogue during the Yom Kippur holiday.

Review: Thirteen Days in September by Lawrence Wright

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, center, leans on the barrel of a cannon as he talks with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, left, and President Carter during a tour of the Gettysburg Batterfield

Examining thirteen days at Camp David in early September 1978, in his latest book Lawrence Wright explains how peace triumphed over the threat of further war. In rich narrative detail—though unfortunately with all-too-conventional analysis—Wright profiles the three men who forged a lasting agreement between Israel and Egypt: Sadat, Begin, and Carter.

In Anwar Sadat, Wright presents a man of great internal contradictions. Forged by his hatred for British colonialism in Egypt and driven by a sense of destiny, Sadat was no simple peacemaker. From his early years spent in violent uprisings and conspiracy with Nazi spies, to his failed 1973 invasion of Israel, peace was a late endeavor for the Egyptian leader. Wright describes an eccentric and often capricious personality: Sadat’s personal habits included lying daily on the floor of his bedroom “with a scarf over his eyes” and a passion for American westerns.