No, the relationship was strained by Obama renegging on the handshake agreement that the US would impose harsh sanctions on Iran. The agreement was that the US would do that, and in return, Israel would toe the US line on the settlements. Obama renegged, but sent Biden to tell Israel they still had to toe the line, essentially asking for something, for nothing. So Israel asserted their authority, and made the point that Obama/Biden aren't the Prime Minister of Israel, they don't call the shots. The actual proposed expansion means nothing: it's not on Palestinian land, not even close; it's not removing Palestinians from their homes; it's an empty patch of scrub brush and rock; and it is not official, it can still be appealed, and likely will be. The move was purely the US ad Israel testing their boundaries, nothing more.But relations between the allies have been severely strained by the announcement of plans to build 1,600 homes in an East Jerusalem settlement during a recent visit to Israel by US Vice-President Joe Biden. "
Outside its borders? What is Israel doing that so offends outside its borders? Sending the best trauma team Haiti ever saw halfway around the world in less time than it took Obama to comment on the crisis, and weeks before any serious US aid showed up?"Does it then make sense for Washington to endorse every Israeli military action and encourage the perception that Israel may act however it wishes outside its borders because the United States will provide support and political cover?
I have words for Petraeus:After all, it is such actions and the support Washington provides for them that contribute greatly to negative attitudes toward Israel and the United States. If the world is aflame with anti-Israel sentiment as Wehner claims it is, surely the greatest facilitators of the increasing hatred are the people here and in Israel who justify every excess, excuse every illegality, and overreact against most criticisms with accusations that the critics wish to betray Israel or that they wish for Israel’s destruction.
Many more are taking another look at the US-Israel relationship. This from Salon:
" One of the many platitudes ritually invoked at the annual AIPAC conference is the claim that US and Israeli strategic interests are indivisible. It was repeated again this year, by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among others, even as the allies struggled to patch up a nasty rift arising from the Netanyahu government's announcement of new settlement construction during Vice President Biden's recent visit to Israel.
But what if the claim isn't true? This year it was challenged from unusual quarters, when Gen. David Petraeus, Centcom commander, told the Senate that the Israel-Palestine conflict--and widespread anger in the Middle East over Washington's favoritism for Israel--is hampering regional partnerships and fueling recruitment by Islamist extremists. And while Biden delivered the usual boilerplate about standing "shoulder to shoulder" with Israel in his public remarks there, in private he was harsh; according to the daily Yedioth Ahronoth, he told Netanyahu, "What you're doing here undermines the security of our troops who are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. That endangers us, and it endangers regional peace."
Who the **** do you think you are? You waltzed into Israel's backyard 7 years ago, to do a job you or your country wrongly thought necessary. And you want to blame deaths of the troops you brought with you on ISRAEL? This is Israel's backyard you're stomping around in, our HOME, 12k miles from YOUR home. Your audacity in storming in here ON QUESTIONABLE INTEL, killing 100k Iraqis, but blaming US for your troops deaths, is simply the height of arrogance. We've been fighting this war for 50+ years, yet you show up 7 years ago like you know WTF is going on, and pull off some serious tactical errors of a magnitude unseen in a century, but you blame US? And this war we fight: yes, we're fighting the same enemy, but with different goals. We're fighting for survival, our children, our homes. You screwed the pooch, got caught with your pants down, and are simply trying to save face. So excuse us if we don't conduct our foreign policy to aid your questionable agenda and tactics. Sincerely, **** you and the high horse you rode in on. And for the record, congrats: you've killed more Arabs in 7 years than we've killed in our whole existence and accompanying multiple regional wars. Moron.
As for AIPAC...try to contain your jealousy and Jew-hate. Check this: everyone can lobby Washington, and nearly everyone has an organization who does. Indians lobby, insurance companies lobby, old people lobby (the AARP is the number one most influential lobby, btw, eclipsing AIPAC). Hell, you ever heard of CAIR? Yup, Muslims lobbying. It's not the Jews fault if CAIR isn't as effective as AIPAC. If you hate AIPAC, go donate your time or money and counter-lobby that ****, but don't sit here and eWhine that the Jews bust their asses, work as a group, and work smarter than most other lobbies. Any less from another group is pure laziness.
Tail wag the dog, bwaahaahaa. Please. Half the time Israel and AIPAC are at odds, they don't always share views. Keep in mind that the US as a whole voted CHANGE; guess what? The Jews you so dislike, the powerful ones in AIPAC, who hold more power than their number suggest, voted change too. They had an inordinate part to play in getting Obama elected. So be careful what you wish for, when you wish ill toward Aipac.So is it possible that Israel is afraid that the days of the tail wagging the dog are over? In the past Israel and its US supporters have equated criticism of Israel with antisemitism with some success. But that proved dangerous and not very effective when a celebrated General was involved.
Give me a break. Let's cut to the core, here. The US supports Israel because of one thing: oil. It's far cheaper to sling money at Israel, and those who make peace with her, and make the prospect of attacking Israel SO FORMIDABLE as to be a non-option, than to negotiate and appease the intricacies and foibles of the myriad clans, warlords, sects, and religions of the Arab/Muslim world, which is at odds with itself. Face it, Israel WITHOUT US support would feel far more vulnerable, and would be more likely to pre-emptively attack, if it felt it necessary."Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League, who has made a profession of trying to negate the difference between anti-Semitism and criticism of (or hostility to) Israel, gamely ventured that "Gen Petraeus has simply erred in linking the challenges faced by the US and coalition forces in the region to a solution of the Israeli-Arab conflict, and blaming extremist activities on the absence of peace and the perceived US favoritism for Israel." His conclusion: "This linkage is dangerous and counterproductive."
Throwing support of Israel under the bus would be a valid alternate approach, a way to buy solidarity across the ARab world. Allow them to attack Israel. The problem is, they can't beat Israel. Never have, never will, the military par is simply too great. So all you'd get is a bruised, battered Arab world, possibly changed borders, and wounded Arab pride, and we all know what that brings. High oil prices, because that's the only thing they contribute to the West, that's their only leverage.
The US has its lips on that greasy oil tit so hard that it has to deal with the Middle East. It's simply easier to deal with Israel than that whole other fractured Arab mess.
Israel would still exist without US help, which only started 30 years after it became a nation. But they could not have found a better, more generous partner and donor, and for that Israelis are eternally grateful, regardless of what the future holds. And if our ways part, well, that gratitude still stands, and Israel will make its own way. The honest truth is at some point it'll be better for both if the bond is cut. Israel can do what it needs to do, and the US can follow its chosen direction.It is in the best interest of the US to finally show Israel some tough love - that means there must be consequences. Israel sees the status quo in their best interest but there is no way that is in the best interest of the US.
"Israel has no real intention of quitting the territories or allowing the Palestinian people to exercise their rights," wrote Israeli political commentator Gideon Levy in Ha'aretz last week. "Israel does not truly intend to pursue peace, because life here seems to be good even without it. The continuation of the occupation doesn't just endanger Israel's future, it also poses the greatest risk to world peace, serving as a pretext for Israel's most dangerous enemies. No change will come to pass in the complacent, belligerent and condescending Israel of today."
Gideon Levy is a columnist, and a tard.
The Obama administration can't be under any illusions on this score. And they are being forced to confront it by another kind of pressure. The bills are coming due for Bush's "war on terror" adventurism. Those responsible for maintaining the US imperium in the Muslim world are now raising warning flags that the price to be paid for continuing to indulge Israel in evading its obligation to offer a fair settlement to the Palestinians could be high - and, worse than that, unnecessary. "
When the Palestinians are ready to negotiate, and give assurances for peace, Israel with be RIGHT THERE. Until then, Israel owes them nothing.
This is another "special relationship" that must be renegotiated. That 3 billion dollars a year comes with a price tag.