The Likud rebels believe Israel has a "right" to US GIFTS - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    "We must not accept a new norm under which we will be expected to pay for diplomatic support or military aid that we have received up until now only by virtue of the alliance [with the United States]." - Likud MKs// These Likudniks forget that only AIPAC extortion gave Israel past US gifts. So here is an opinion of A. Cordersman, a VERY respected US analyst on Israel's value to the US: "America’s ties to Israel are NOT based primarily on U.S. strategic interests. At the best of times, an Israeli government that pursues the path to peace provides some intelligence, some minor advances in military technology, and a potential source of stabilizing military power that could help Arab states like Jordan... Israel should show enough discretion to reflect the fact that it is a TERTIERY U.S. strategic interest in a complex and demanding world.. Israel’s government should act on the understanding that the long-term nature of the U.S.-Israel strategic relationship will depend on Israel clearly and actively seeking peace with the Palestinians—the kind of peace that is in Israel’s own strategic interests. Israelis should understand that the United States opposes expansion and retention of its settlements and its efforts to push Palestinians out of greater Jerusalem." - Anthony Cordesman (2 June 2010) csis.org/publication/israel-strategic-liability

    from the article: Cabinet stalls on settlement freeze as Israel and U.S. clash over terms
    First published 01:28 17.11.10 | Last updated 01:28 17.11.10
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