Getting Tougher on Israel

If Jews really “worry for a living,” as Aaron David Miller, a former Clinton peace team official contends – Miller now gives them another reason for worrying. Writing for Time, he predicts:

[T]he days of America’s exclusive ties to Israel may be coming to an end. Despite efforts to sound reassuring during the campaign, the new administration will have to be tough, much tougher than either Bill Clinton or George W. Bush were, if it’s serious about Arab-Israeli peacemaking.

Miller repeats a familiar complaint: “for the past 16 years, the United States has allowed that special bond to become exclusive in ways that undermine America’s, and Israel’s, national interests,” he writes. One can read similar assertions in Dan Kurtzer’s book, in which he blames his former boss, President Clinton, for “often allowing Israeli domestic politics effectively to veto critical issues” and blames President Bush for being “overly deferential to the stated political problems of the Israeli government.”

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Getting Tougher on Israel

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