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    • 16.04.10 | 15:02 (IDT)

    Without American Pressure on Israel, little will move in the direction of peace. The Obama administration should learn the lesson of the Papa Bush administration and apply some serious pressure on the Netanyahu government. The Likud government at the time, headed by Shamir, was hard line. Secretary of State Jim Baker announced in 1990 that when Israel is interested in peace, she should call the White House telephone number (and publicly gave out the number). In 1991, Israel was facing a flood of Aliya from the former Soviet Union. She asked the US for loan guarantees to absorb the immigrants. Bush refused. When AIPAC tried to get Congress to approve the loan guarantee anyhow, Papa Bush came out and complained publicly about the armies of lobbyists employed. AIPAC realized they would anatagonize the American people and gave up the battle. In addition, Bush started voting for some "unpleasant" Security Council resolutions. Israelis are no dummies, and realized the disaster that Shamir was taking them into. In the 1992 election, they replaced Shamir with Rabin. Obama should do the same with Netanyahu. Get rid of the disaster by discrediting him and his policies in the eyes of Israelis.

    from the article: Clinton: U.S. won't impose peace deal, but Israel must do more
    First published 04:01 16.04.10 | Last updated 10:12 16.04.10
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