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http://www.theage.com.au/world/obamas-stance-worries-israelis-20090417-aa90.html

Obama's stance worries Israelis

CAN Israel still call the United States its best international friend? Apparently not, if you believe the tone of the local media.

Watching the drama unfold inside Israel, the increasingly tense dialogue between US President Barack Obama and new Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking on all the trappings of a duel.

Almost every day brings news of another sore point between the two countries, a source of yet further inflammation of their once warm relations.

One could be forgiven for thinking that the more immediate threat to Israel's national security lay across the Atlantic rather than from closer to home.

It is bad enough that President Obama uses almost every opportunity he can to set the parameters of a final peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Now US officials are openly using Israeli anxiety over Iran's fledging nuclear program as a bargaining chip to force Israel's hand on giving up control of the West Bank Palestinian territory.

No less a figure than White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel — whose father fought with the militant Zionist group the Irgun, and whose appointment had provided such reassurance to Israeli officials — was quoted this week laying down the law to Israel.

If Israel wants US help to defuse the Iranian threat, Mr Emanuel was reported to have told Jewish leaders in Washington, then get ready to start evacuating settlements in the West Bank.

Talkback radio blazed with fury across the country the same day, as Israelis protested that no US official had the right to tell them where to live.

Then on Thursday came the news that Mr Netanyahu's planned first meeting with President Obama in Washington next month had been called off.

Mr Netanyahu had hoped to capitalise on his attendance at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington to visit the White House.

But Administration officials informed Mr Netanyahu's office that the President would not be "in town".

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About time a US POTUS did this

Did what?

Act unilaterally in regards to other nations interests and coerce concessions?;)

Or are you just pleased with the target THIS time? (been there,Done that...nothing new)

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I have always asked the question, is our 100 percent unfettered support of Israel a good thing?

Support like always requiring land for peace concessions,demanding restraint and structuring the foundations for talks?

Perhaps you speak of a different definition of unfettered;)

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No surprise Israelis don't like Obamas foreign policy stances....He dug himself a hole with them when he spoke about diplomacy with Iran.

I wouldn't even go that far. The majority of Israeli's support both land for peace and a two state solution. It's the parlementary system of government which in a fractious political environment gives extra weight to extreme positions which is coloring the Israeli governments positions.

When the necessary political alliance which forms your government relies on these extreme parties who have only a handful of seats in the Knesset, they can really dictate to the entire government policy because they have the power to bring down the government.

Frankly I don't think this stuff is new. Even when Bush was in office, Rummy got pissed at the Israeli's for secretly selling high technology to China and refused to meet with their defense minister or any of his direct subordinates for more than a year. The only thing that is rare is when this type of stuff makes it into the United States press. And that hasn't happenned really yet here either; This article is quoting Israeli news sources not US sources.

Clinton did this same type of hard ball politics with Netanyahoo. Didn't work for him, maybee Obama will have more luck. It is interesting that Obama is using Iran's weapon program as a poker chip in this game.

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Support like always requiring land for peace concessions,demanding restraint and structuring the foundations for talks?

Perhaps you speak of a different definition of unfettered;)

To be fair, we pay a huge price (monitary, politically, and diplomatically) in order to express an opinion on Israeli policies which we directly enable...

Talk is the least intrusive expression of our opinion.

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To be fair, we pay a huge price (monitary, politically, and diplomatically) in order to express an opinion on Israeli policies which we directly enable...

Talk is the least intrusive expression of our opinion.

Whatever happened to Talk is Cheap...eh? ;)

Ya'll seem to be saying we always enable Israel w/o cost to them,which is a bit disingenuous...No?

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The Israelis are our friends and brothers. The holocaust was a terrible tragedy and we cant allow arabs to whipe them out. The US and Israel need to unite to drive the palestinian swine out of the holy land.

Dude, I hope this is some kind of sick joke.

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