Netanyhau and Clinton
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Obama. Paying for failed management of process
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America paying the price

Op-ed: By turning freeze into major issue, US now paying dearly for moratorium’s extension

Part 1 of article


WASHINGTON – On the American side we have silence: No leaks and no spins. State Department Spokesman Philip Crowley is evading questions and explaining that he won’t provide information from behind the scenes about the negotiations on the settlement freeze; he won’t even say who Hillary Clinton phoned and when.


At this time, the US Administration does not need the media. It wishes to work quietly, yet if US officials will feel that Netanyahu is not playing straight, American leaks will start. For the time being, however, there’s silence. Whatever is making headlines is being produced in Jerusalem and Ramallah.


President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton openly lauded Prime Minister Netanyahu’s determination to promote the process and his willingness to undertake another freeze. For them, another 90-day moratorium is a done deal. They are allowing Netanyahu to undertake the political and media spins and to pass the decision through the cabinet.


Clinton is a seasoned politician. She understands that Netanyahu needs room to maneuver his coalition. Meanwhile, the Palestinians are making indications of rejection. They do not like America’s pledge to Israel on vetoing any Palestinian attempt to create a state via the UN.


Washington wants neither Israeli construction in the settlements nor a Palestinian approach to the UN. Everything needs to be determined at the negotiating table.


Good deal for Israel

Despite all the criticism leveled at Netanyahu from Left and Right in the wake of his meeting with Clinton in New York last week, the PM registered an impressive achievement – a three-month freeze in exchange for 20 F-35 fighter jets. That’s not a bad deal.


Israel worked very hard to get the stealth aircraft, and now we’re getting it in exchange for a 90-day freeze, rather than a withdrawal from West Bank territories.


One cannot avoid the feeling that the Americans are currently paying for their failed management of the process and the public demand of Israel to stop building. By doing so they turned the freeze into an issue, and they are now paying some billion dollars for every month of frozen construction.


Part 2 of article to be published Wednesday night



פרסום ראשון: 11.17.10, 19:21
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