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    • Tom Mattis
    • 15.03.10 | 20:10 (IST)

    The crisis emerging over the settlement issue emphasizes that it is high time that the United States remembered the words of Lord Palemerston that "nations do not have permanent friends and allies, only permanent interests." American support for the state of Israel is not an Israeli birthright, and when Israel's actions are contrary to U.S. interests we Americans should act as coldly as Israel acts when defending its interests. A long string of Israeli acts harmful to US interests brought us to this pass - it is simply (I hope) the last straw. The Obama adminstration is delivering a message that is long overdue. I hope it does not waver.

    from the article: Netanyahu's rhetoric over policy is jeopardizing Israel
    First published 02:53 15.03.10 | Last updated 08:10 15.03.10
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