|Thursday, July 24, 2008|
|Weekly Commentary: American pressure is not the problem|
Weekly Commentary: American pressure is not the problem
Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 24 July 2008
It is a mistake to attribute the dismal performance of Israel's leadership
Yes, there is pressure from America. But it mostly excuses, rather than
Consider our recent past.
Israeli diplomatic initiatives have been almost without exception carried
Oslo, talks with Syria, even the idea of a sovereign Palestinian State were
Shimon Peres flew to California to try to convince US secretary of state,
President Bush only talked of a sovereign Palestinian State well after Ariel
When Israel's leadership was determined that action had to be taken it acted
The bombing of the Iraqi nuclear facility was criticized by Washington, and
When Israel's leadership was determined to act in "fact creating" - be it in
Again, that doesn't mean that American pressure doesn't exist.
And it also doesn't mean that Israel shouldn't strive to reduce, to the
But let's not be so easy on our leaders.
Let's not let them off the hook.
They can do the right thing now even if that means ruffling an American
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
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