Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Home truths call for tough love on Israel

By Tony Karon
Asia Times

"The conventional wisdom of Washington's unconditional support for Israel has been called into question as the rupture in relations shines a spotlight on the costs to America of maintaining a status quo that has failed to advance security in the Middle East. The origins of the peace process the US is now trying to resuscitate do not lie in the support for Israel that has been the norm over the past two decades; they lie in national interest-based tough love.....

.....Right now, without real pressure, without real cost, with nothing but words, there is simply no downside to the status quo for Israel. Until there is, things are unlikely to change, no matter the peril to US troops throughout the Middle East."

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