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US Might Sanction Israel
By Micah Halpern

Saturday January 9, 2010

I've Been Thinking:

I watched George Mitchell on Charlie Rose the other night.

I thought I heard Mitchell talk about sanctions against Israel in order to move them out of their deadlock with the Palestinians, I assumed I was dreaming.

I looked up the transcript - I wasn't dreaming.

Here is the exact quote:
"The reality is that, yes, of course the United States has both carrots and sticks, you have to be very careful about how and when you use them and apply [inaudible]--...Under American law, the United States can withhold support on loan guarantees to Israel."

Later on in the transcript Mitchell talks about how George W. Bush held back loans until Israeli policy came into line with US expectations.

Mitchell is not simply a former judge and a former senator.
Mitchell is the current Special Envoy of the President of the United States to the Middle East.

Withholding loan guarantees is tantamount to instituting sanctions.

I do not see the United States instituting a policy of sanctions against Israel at a time when Israel's intel on terror and Israel's military are the only real weight the United States has as leverage against Iran.

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