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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 05.11.10 | 00:57 (IST)

    He can, however, give an Israeli Prime Minister an excuse for making peace. If an Israel Prime Minister is able to tell Israelis that the choice is not Settlers or Peace, but the end of Israel's Special Relationship with America or the Settlers, then he may make peace. No Israeli Prime Minister may make such an argument so long as the United States remains a groveling servant instead of the nation who's support is necessary. James Baker and George H.W. Bush came very close to creating peace in the mideast. Only the election of Bill Clinton prevented it. Bush and Baker were able to squeeze Israel where it hurt, and make it absolutely clear that the US deserved something besides contempt for it's largess. The ONLY way the US might influence Israel is by making it absolutely clear that the USA is not required to continue to harm itself for the right to subsidize and supplicate to Israel. Unless Obama tells Netanyahu, and Israel, that it may have an alliance with the USA, or the Settlements, there will never be peace in the region.

    from the article: Obama can make peace, but mustn't force a final deal
    First published 02:45 04.11.10 | Last updated 02:45 04.11.10
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