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Mon Dec 17, 2012, 09:29 PM

Why U.S.-Israel ties just got warmer

The latest round in an endless cycle of violence between Israel and Gaza has culminated in a surprising win for the US- Israel relationship: an apparent renewal of vows between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Itís surprising because the relationship appeared to be at its nadir. It was just a few months ago that editorial pages charged Netanyahu with meddling in U.S. politics, angling for a Mitt Romney victory over President Obama. With Obama having soundly thumped Romney at the ballot box, U.S. relations with Israel appeared due for a four-year winter.

But during this recent conflict, Obama showed Israel his unwavering support. He made no call for Israeli restraint. In fact, his administration barely weighed in as the Israelis destroyed hundreds of targets in Hamas-controlled Gaza.


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holdencaufield Dec 2012 #1
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Mon Dec 17, 2012, 10:52 PM

1. The idea that Obama's relationship with Israel ...


... was chilly was promoted by the Republican Party trying to garner the votes of US Jews. Unfortunately, it was eagerly accepted by many in our own party as "wishful thinking".

It seems there are at least a few of my fellow Democrats who don't stand by the president in his support of Israel.

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Mon Dec 17, 2012, 10:54 PM

2. Many more on the Internet than in real life,

Small but vocal group (on the internet).

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Mon Dec 17, 2012, 10:59 PM

3. Not so sure ...


... while I agree that the vocal crowd calling for Israeli's blood here is small -- as has happened countless times before -- the majority will look the other way (and maybe smile silently to themselves) while the small, vocal crowd does their worst.

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