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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The silver lining in the cloud of US - Israel relations

Dan Pipes has an interesting take on the silver lining in the currently clouded US - Israel relations.
Strong U.S.-Israel ties induce irreversible Israeli mistakes. Poor U.S.-Israel ties abort this process. Obama may expect that picking a fight with Israel will produce negotiations but it will have the opposite effect. He may think he is approaching a diplomatic breakthrough but, in fact, he is rendering that less likely. Those who fear more "war process" can thus take some solace in the administration's blunders.

The complexity of U.S.-Israel relations leaves much room for paradox and inadvertency. A look beyond a worrisome turn of events suggests that good may come of it.
I can only hope he's right.


At 8:57 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I do hope Obama keeps on doing what Pipes thinks he is going to keep on doing for its the only thing that will keep the Stupid Jews from slashing open their country's own wrist.

Let's hope he's right.

At 9:44 PM, Blogger nomatter said...

There is no silver cloud.
I know Pipes personally. He has great insight. He is a brilliant man. However, he is way too optimistic.

Israel will continue to be pushed because that is what the world does to Jews. Don't worry, in this current situation of hostilities in every direction even Begin would be backing down.

Mark my words no matter what under the current hostile certifiably Narcissist President, the Palestinian's will have statehood and use the George Bush model of one which is contiguous, viable and not resembling swiss cheese!

As for Jerusalem, no President before has exhibited the least amount of compassion for an undivided capital. (except during campaigns and speaking before AIPAC!)

Put on your seat belts. If Iran does not test the sanctity behind the meaning of the Jewish State of Israel, Obama will.


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