Fair enough. I may be mistaken, but it seems to me that no matter what and all the bumps and rough patches notwithstanding, there are no two nations in the world right now closer to each other than US and Israel (for various reasons). It may change overtime, depending on the demographics and politics, but as of today it is true, IMHO. Others may disagree. Then I would like them to mention another nation where, not the government, but the populace would be more friendly towards the US than US. Israel, though, is too much preoccupied with sheer survival, both short and long term.
Then why in God's name is your country selling high tech arms to China? Thanks friends.
What's worked against Isreal in getting this guy back is their near yearly preoccupation with his release. If they hadn't tried to deal honestly with clinton as they've done with all our presidents, and instead waited until year 8 and tossed his brother or some other surrogate a little bit of cash, Pollard would be living free in Isreal today. Sad but true.
Don't assume that trade with the arab states is anything more than our thirst for oil. If you guys had kept the Sinai, we'd be buying oil from you too.
What gets many started on this thread is simply, that, as long as America has to do most of the heavy lifting on this planet, we make demands, not the other way around. And its not like Isreal is going to do anything that doesn't ultimately support her survival, regardless of what demands America or the world make upon her. Though you've got to admit, when it comes to U.N. stupidity, we are the only ones who stand consistantly with you, and you with us. For that we are truly grateful.
Personally, I think you've been far to soft on dealing with your local terroists. I'd support a statement of policy of forced removal of all peoples in targeted areas and a constant real, un-negotiable, movement of Isreal's borders as a retalitory policy against palistinian mass murder. You can start with Jerusalem and then move on to areas of biblical significance so that real tourist industries can be formed there and we can feel safe visiting. Your problem has gone on nearly as long as Korea. You need to force a solution, it can't be negotiated with people who'll only accept your destruction.