It’s “counterproductive.” That’s how the White House is characterizing the suit filed by the Palestinian Authority with the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Charging Israel with war crimes over its incursion into Gaza last summer. The filing also challenges Israeli settlement construction on disputed lands in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Click here to read the story.
In the past it was almost pro forma. Go too far in your attacks on Israel at the UN and the United States would ride to the rescue and veto the resolution. But things are not so clear these days. In fact, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, won’t go on the record as promising to veto a resolution arbitrarily creating a Palestinian state. Click here to read the story.
Israel fears that the Iran deal that’s being hammered out will cause for it to lose its military superiority. The Israel scenario of concern goes like this. Gulf states, upset that sanctions will be lifted and fearful that Iran will go ahead with its nuclear program or show increasing military swagger, are getting greater military equipment commitments from the United States. So, Iran gains military might. So do the Arab nations. Diminishing Israel’s military swagger.
But Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is in Israel telling his counterparts there, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Click here to read the story.
President Obama is hell bent on inking a deal with Iran over its nuclear weapons program. Israel is not the only country in the region that is dubious and concerned. So are the Gulf states. Washington’s response is to up military armament assistance to those nations. But Israel’s defense minister is saying, that may not be such a good thing. Because it could tip the military balance of powers in the region. Click here to read the story.
Former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman says whoever the next president is, be it a Republican or Hillary Clinton, will improve relations with Israel.
Israel and the U.S. have reportedly been holding preliminary and unofficial talks over a “compensation” package for Jerusalem that would include the delivery of advanced weapons in exchange for the Netanyahu government’s quiet acceptance of the emerging nuclear deal with Iran.
The United States is strongly condemning the Israeli decision to build 900 more housing units in East Jerusalem, calling the move “damaging” to chances for a two-state solution.
Yes, President Obama did call Benjamin Netanyahu upon the formation of the Israeli prime minister’s new government saying he’s looking forward to working with him. But most analysts don’t take the president at his word on this. Especially since the coalition Netanyahu put together has far more hard liners in it than did his previous government.
Israel has been publicly skeptical of any agreement that may be reached between the United States and other nations with Iran over that country’s nuclear weapons program. But now, the White House is assuring Jerusalem that it will be kept in the loop on the direction the talks are going.