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March 20, 2006

This editorial in Hareetz about withdrawal from the occupied territories suprised me. It is referring to the promise by the leaders of the Kadima party that they intend to carry out an additional unilateral withdrawal in the West Bank after the elections, while canceling Israel's commitment to the road map. Hareetz states:

The number of seats that Kadima is receiving in the polls, combined with those received by other parties that favor leaving the territories, indicate that there is broad public support for another move, and a major one. The obstacle on the path to carrying out another withdrawal is not Hamas, because ending the occupation is a necessity that does not depend on the nature of the occupied party's leadership. Rather, it is the abstract term "settlement blocs," which has gained too much weight in Israeli discourse and appears to reflect a new mistaken idee fixe. The number of "blocs," as well as their size, changes constantly, and the appetite for annexing territory has not waned for a moment. Avi Dichter, one of Kadima's senior members, talks of the Hebron-Kiryat Arba bloc, the Karnei Shomron-Kedumim bloc, the Ofra-Beit El bloc and three other blocs that would not be evacuated. This is not a withdrawal and it is not even worth discussing: It is merely talk about ending the occupation without ending it.

That is a critical voice inside Israel. But before we get too carried away we should remember that the centrepiece of US Middle Eastern policy has been its relationship with Israel--- one of unwavering support for Israel. That support has been driven by domestic politics. The activities of the ‘Israel Lobby’ have convinced Americans that US interests and those of Israel are essentially identical. Israel is thus seen as a crucial ally in the war on terror, because its enemies are America’s enemies. The argument is made here


| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 4:52 PM | | Comments (2)
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Israel may not be perfect BUT COMPARED TO ITS NEIGHBORS ISRAEL IS LIKE A DIAMOND IN A SHIT PILE! Israel is the only nation in the middle east where women's rights are protected, free speech and press protected , an independent judiciary exists and gay and lesbian rights are guarenteed...NAME ANOTHER NATION IN THAT REGION OF THE WORLD WHERE THAT HOLDS TRUE?

Mark,
I wasn't arguing that Israel was not a democracy.

The post was exploring the way that American foreign policy is deeply influenced by the domestic Israel lobby in the US, to the point that that US interests and those of Israel are essentially identical.

Do you disagree with this argument? If so on what grounds? Where have I gone wrrong?