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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Meridor: 'We never had a deal with a Republican administration; we had an agreement with the United States'

Dan Meridor is one of the more left-leaning MK's in the Likud. The quote is from a foreign press briefing on Monday.
Speaking of the Road Map agreement, struck between the US and former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government, Meridor said that "the relations between the two countries are based in mutual agreements, and agreements must be upheld.

"In 2003, Israel accepted the Road Map plan and the government voted in favor of it, while filing 14 reservations. It is part of a larger agreement, some of which was in writing and some of it was oral, that has been implemented for the past six years.

"We never had a deal with the Republican administration; we had an agreement with the United States. Yes, it entailed halting settlement expansion, including for "natural growth," and it was in writing, but there were understandings as to the nature and the interpretation of the suspension.

"These understandings were a part of the agreement. Its written part and its oral part compliment each other."
Well, we thought we had an agreement with the United States. But the current occupant of the White House doesn't see himself as bound by anything done by his predecessor. After all, he's the anti-Bush.

If the Obama administration keeps this up, it is likely to destroy America's credibility for many years to come.


At 2:18 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Ehud Barak was quoted as saying there is no connection between settlement construction and peace. That together with Meridor's statement, shows even left-leaning Israelis do not think much of America's withdrawal from previous understandings arrived at with the Jewish State. If Israel cannot rely on America to keep its commitments, it cannot be asked to take major risks for peace. If that is not something Obama and Clinton appear to understand, the peace process will go nowhere.

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

With great sadness I note that my countries leadership do not appear willing to honor agreements made by the governments of years past. Or more correctly, to selectively honor or dishonor such agreements.

The end result is that if you strike a deal with my country, the deal may change in 4 years.

The implication of this is that you should not strike a deal with us.

Thank you Barak Obama. Thank you for doing damage to this country far beyond that of your ideological mentor, Jimmy Carter.

How many decades did it take us to recover from the Carter presidency? How many decades will it take for us to recover from the Obama presidency ? Our children and grandchildren will be paying for his policy foibles; it might require centuries.

At 4:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember Taiwan.


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