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Response to former9thward (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:39 PM

10. Actually I don't think that.

But I think telling a government, "act against your self-interests or we take away the pittance we give you in foreign aid" would be a pretty shameful strategy for the US to pursue. Especially as it goes against our stated positions of "support" for a palestinian state, and our attempts to portray ourselves as an ally worth having in the region.

The restaurant remark is because your argument is no different than the position held by the CEO of Papa Johns pizza, John Schnatter. Maybe you've missed the threads all over DU about this guy. Basically America did not give him the government he wanted on Tuesday, so he's responding by punishing his workforce with layoffs and reduced hours.

Anyway. You asked a question, and amazingly, it was answered long before you asked it;
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is willing to give up hundreds of millions of dollars of US aid if that is what is necessary to forge a reconciliation deal with Hamas, the Associated Press quoted his adviser as saying on Monday.

Azzam Ahmed stated that "the Palestinians need American money, but if they use it as a way of pressuring us, we are ready to relinquish that aid."

http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?ID=214180&R=R1

Apparently five hundred million dollars a year isn't seen as being worth abasing themselves for the amusement of a US president. Especially since we give six times that much money to Israel in military aid alone.

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