US Agrees with Israel
By Micah Halpern
Wednesday October 13, 2010
I've Been Thinking:
The US State Department came out with a statement yesterday that was exactly in line with Israel's position on the issue of Israel as the Jewish State. This should not come as a surprise.
The position of the United States was enunciated very clearly in a statement made by State Department Spokesman P. J. Crawley: "I'm not making any news here. We recognize the special nature of the Israeli state. It is a state for the Jewish people. It is a state for other citizens of other faiths as well."
I have said it time and time again, but it bears repeating now - in most cases and this during this recent round of negotiation is no exception, the United States and Israel see eye to eye on almost every issue. When Israel compromises, the US sees it a s a reasonable diplomatic move.
The clincher is that precisely because Israel does make compromises the United States will pressure the Israelis for more compromises. It is all part of the game. The Palestinians give little to almost nothing and Israel must compromise on hugely significant issues.