US Will Put it In Writing
By Micah Halpern
Saturday November 20, 2010
P.J. Crowley, the US State Department Spokesman, said on Friday that: "We continue our discussions with the Israelis. If there is a need to put certain understandings in writing, we will be prepared to do that."
Israel has said that they will not agree to temporarily suspend settlement activity until and unless the agreement and the promises given them by the United States are received in writing. It seems that the US is now willing to put pen to paper and put those commitments in written form.
BUT ... I predict that this written agreement will follow a similar letter of commitment from the Bush White House to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Under Bush the agreement was written and sent in the form of a letter and printed on White House stationary.
BUT ... the letter was not signed.
I would guess that this letter will not be signed either.
Signed or not, neither a White House letter nor even a presidential letter can be enforced as law.
BUT ... it can be used to publicly shame and embarrass the administration if they break their word.