A Special Relationship Between the United States and Israel Essay

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The relationship between the State of Israel and the United States of America has blossomed into a significant bilateral alliance. The ‘special relationship’ between the two countries has been the driving force behind much of the progress of the United States’ push into middle east democracy, and has helped place Israel in the company of countries who will stand by her in times of trouble. As of late, there have been increasing pushes by the Untied States for Israel to once again enter into peace talks with the Palestinians, a topic which seems to be the source of constant international commentary. These developments have brought to the forefront a rather interesting facet of the Israeli/American relationship, one which this author …show more content…

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon went on record calling Kerry “obsessive” and “messianic. ” Although ad-hominem attacks do little to reflect on wide-sweeping foreign policy aims of a country, it is clear that the Israelis feel as though Kerry, and on a wider basis the US, are motivated more by making themselves look like the brokers of peace, than in any actual peace settlements that would result. Ya’alon went so far as to accuse Kerry of caring only about receiving a Nobel Peace prize as his motivation behind the peace talks. Others have repeated these sentiments, as accusations flew that the apparent goal of Kerry and indeed Washington as a whole, was to use the latest round peace talks, and any potential progress resulting from them as a “bragging point”. Negative sentiments towards John Kerry didn’t stop with Ya’alon, although his were the most pointed at Kerry himself, many others spoke out regarding the effects negotiations would have on Israel regardless of how such negotiations would make the US look: Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz – “It [is] impossible to expect Israel to negotiate with a gun to its head,” Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On – (On the Americans) “I respect them, but their policies are incorrect, ” Economy Minister Naftali Bennett – “Flawed decision making on the part of the US government has endangered the security of Israel,” and perhaps most severe of all, Likud MK Moshe Feiglin claiming that

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