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    • Dubi Yarden
    • 07.10.10 | 18:54 (IST)

    Shavit's idea is excellent and original, but the Bush Commitment should just be a starting point, since it is as if the U.S. would be selling us the same shirt twice - we pulled out of Gaza because of the first sale. Some additional promises that Israel should insist on, with enforceable consequences: 1) embedding the Bush Commitment in signed legislation, so that Obama does not opt out shortly thereafter; 2) a commitment to veto all U.N. Security Council resolutions against Israel, as long as Obama is president 3) quid pro quo of equal value from Arab countries and/or the Palestinians, the quid pro quo that was promised when Netanyahu committed to the first freeze (hint - agreeing to show up at negotiations is not a quid pro quo). 4) A guarantee that the U.S. will not recognize a Palestinian state that is not achieved through negotiations with Israel and will veto any Sec Council resolution to that effect. 5) No U.S. treaty terms shoved down Israel's throat 6) No threats to cut off arms shipments 7) Protection of Israel against IAEA attacks and the "nuclear-free MIddle East" NPT meeting. Without these U.S. concessions, there is no point in getting the Bush Commitments - Obama will squeeze Israel some other way, and the Commitments will be worthless.

    from the article: Only the Bush-Sharon formula can save Obama and Netanyahu
    First published 02:12 07.10.10 | Last updated 02:12 07.10.10
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