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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

"You can say 'no' to the US"

Former Defense Minister and Israeli ambassador to the US, Moshe Arens:
Former Defense and Foreign Minister, Prof. Moshe Arens, said on Monday that he believes it is possible to refuse US requests regarding the construction freeze.

Speaking to Arutz 7, Arens said: "The Americans respect us when we stand up for our principles. They do not respect capitulations."
I'm all in favor of standing up to the US and not extending the 'settlement freeze.' But why didn't the government in which he was Defense Minister do the same in early 1991. Or is he perhaps being regretful that he and Yitzchak Shamir did not stand up to the US ten, because the result was the Madrid Conference and Bush I putting a stop on the loan guarantees?



At 4:22 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel survived without the loan guarantees.

Israel can survive without Obama's meaningless promises.

But Israel will not survive if it doesn't stand its ground on Jewish rights in Eretz Israel. If Jews have no right to live there, they have no right either to live in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.

That is the crux of the issue and here its important for Israel to say "no." In other words, if the country won't stand on principle, then its time to start swimming.


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