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February 13, 2008


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What benefits would accrue to the United States for abandoning Israel?

Between "abandonment" and "uncritical acceptance" there are a multitude of options to choose from. But it serves political interests here and in the region to pretend that it's all or nothing. Unfortunately, it may not be in this country's interest.

Anyway, the point of my post was not to advocate a change in policy, but to deflate a little Obamania. I'm simply saying that, whoever wins the election, U.S. policy toward Israel would not change. Although I fail to see exactly what kind of "direct threat" Iran poses to Israel.

U.S. involvement in negotiating the Israeli-Palestinian relationship is a lose-lose scenario for us. It will remain a fruitless endeavor until both sides are ready and able to cut a deal and enforce it. This is a long way off, about a generation and a half indoctrinated with maximalist nationalism needs the time to die off.

If he only had another term, Bush could speed that up.

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