The US should apply pressure on Netanyahu, just as Jim Baker did - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    Without American Pressure on Netanyahu, little will move in the direction of peace. The Obama administration should learn the lesson of the Papa Bush administration and apply some serious pressure on this Israeli government. The Likud government at the time, headed by Shamir, was hard line. Secretary of State Jim Baker announced in 1990 that when Israel is interested in peace, she should call the White House by phone (and publicly gave out the number). In 1991, Israel was facing a flood of Aliya from the former Soviet Union. She asked the US for loan guarantees to absorb the immigrants. Papa Bush refused. When AIPAC tried to get Congress to approve the loan guarantee anyhow, Bush came out and complained publicly about the armies of lobbyists employed. AIPAC realized this would anatagonize the American people and gave up the battle. In addition, Bush started voting for some "unpleasant" Security Council resolutions. Israelis are no dummies, and realized the disaster that Shamir was taking them into. In the 1992 election, they replaced Shamir with Rabin. Obama should do the same with Netanyahu, immediately after the coming US elections. Get rid of the disaster by discrediting him and his policies in the eyes of Israelis. Examples: Announcing a "re-evaluation" of the relationship with Israel, or allowing the Security Council to condemn Israel for building in the Occupied Territories will be unmistakable signals.

    from the article: Obama: East Jerusalem building plans 'unhelpful' to peace efforts
    First published 14:12 09.11.10 | Last updated 14:12 09.11.10
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