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    • Vladek
    • 19.03.10 | 18:35 (IST)

    Since the end of the Cold War, Israel has lost its strategic importance to the USA. The Arab nations have moved more towards Western ways and accomodation with the USA. What remains is the threat of extremist Muslim groups that leverage Israeli abuses against Palestinians to recruit and deploy zealots. It is time for Israel to take responsibility and treat Palestinians as equals entitled to human rights, freedom and autonomy. It is time to reconcile and repair decades of economic damage done to the Palestinians. It is time to build relationships with its neighbors without the baggage of suppression and land expropriation. The USA is in a position to reevaluate its Israeli policies. The USA public and a significant part of the Israeli public are frustrated with Netanyahu's and Lieberman's intransegience. The Cairo speech has opened the door to a new relationship with the Arab countries, and Obama has a vote of trust to pursue those relationships.

    from the article: Obama, Netanyahu to meet in U.S. on Tuesday
    First published 16:39 19.03.10 | Last updated 07:26 20.03.10
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