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    • James O
    • 03.11.10 | 16:28 (IST)

    It will make less difference than many Israelis may imagine. The US legislature and the American people have a great deal more on their minds than Israel, a great deal more than Afghanistan or Iraq too for that matter. It is difficult perhaps for those in authority in Tel Aviv to understand that Israel’s continual scrapping with the Palestinians is more of an irritant than a serious preoccupation. It is absurd that the situation even needs for the US to adopt a role in its resolution. Most people wonder why the Israeli leaders cannot resolve their issues with the Palestinians without involving the US? Resolved, however, they have to be because slowly but surely the US electorate is waking up to them and it is doing so with its own peculiar enthusiasm for those they perceive to be victims of injustice, which is the way they increasingly see the Palestinians. I follow the US media daily and it is remarkable how many stories there are recounting details of the Palestinian, and particularly Gazan, predicament compared to, say, two years ago. Yahoo news, for example, yesterday had a story on IDF treatment of Palestinian prisoners and it attracted over 133,000 comments, many you would not like to read. This would have been inconceivable two years ago. Concurrently there is another kind of resentment arising each time mention is made of US financial subsidies to Israel. Whichever US party holds the balance of power, candidates must eventually listen to the demands of their electorate otherwise they won’t get from here to there.

    from the article: How will the Republican-controlled House affect U.S.-Israel ties?
    First published 09:29 03.11.10 | Last updated 09:29 03.11.10
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