Tuesday, March 16, 2010

US-Israel dispute

Media Matters has provided a helpful Fact Check post on the current US-Israel dispute: Myths And Facts On U.S.-Israel Diplomatic Row 03/15/10.

At LobeLog Foreign Policy, Jim Lobe has the news and commentary on Petraeus Confirms Link Between Israel-Palestine and U.S. Security 03/16/10:

In any event, Petraeus’ willingness to publicly — and in uniform with all those decorations on his chest — make the connection between Israeli treatment of the Palestinians and the spread of “anti-American sentiment” and the deterioration of the U.S. position in the region — a connection which, of course, is completely evident to any casual observer of Middle East — marks what can only be considered a major breakthrough in the debate over the relationship between the United States and Israel.

And now that the neo-conservatives, staunch supporters of Bibi Netanyahu, have built up Petraeus as the greatest U.S. military commander since World War II, and, thanks to Bill Kristol, a presidential candidate to die for, how will they react? Remember, Petraeus is due to receive the 2010 Irving Kristol Award at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in May!
The indispensable Helena Cobban writes On the current tipping point Just World News 03/16/10. She also thinks that this incident has provided a surprising but long-overdue broadening of the public conversation about US foreign policy towards Israel. Helena also makes an important point about the 1992 election. (But she seems to have missed the J Street e-mail that did go out before the date of her post.)

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