Speak softly (without paying hard cash), and carry a big stick - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 16.07.10 | 21:50 (IDT)

    The US is using the wrong approach with Likud. These people are IDEOLOGUES; you don't buy them with hard cash. With such people, only the big stick works. What worked with Shamir, the really hardline Likudnik? The US DENIED Israel loan guarantees meant to help in the absorption of the Russian Aliya. This too was money, so it didn't work much on Shamir, but the Israeli public understood the possible future implications and brought down the Shamir government. Mr. Obama, if you pay, Israelis will take it that hardline is advantageous, even financially. Israel can use some good and clearly understood threats.

    from the article: U.S. official: More U.S. aid will help Israel make 'tough' decisions
    First published 19:10 16.07.10 | Last updated 19:10 16.07.10
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