by Barry Rubin
In one of his out-of-control anti-Israel rants, Andrew Sullivan included in his list of alleged evils that
Certainly, there have been incidents of friction and disagreement--though always fairly short-lived--and at times
In 1991, President George Bush asked
The George W. Bush years were ones of relative amity. Ironically, the greatest disagreement, contrary to mythology, was
The administration of Barack Obama has been seen as one of great tension and a
--Obama called for an Israeli freeze of construction on settlements in the West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invoked a freeze.
--Obama insisted on direct Israel-Palestinian negotiations. Netanyahu supported this stance beginning in mid-2009.
--When Obama changed his position and also demanded a freeze on Israeli construction in areas of
--Finally, when Obama insisted on a change in the sanctions' regime imposed on the Gaza Strip, Netanyahu quickly complied. The
Thus, on all of the four big issues during the first 17 months of the Obama presidency,
Whether this compliance was wrong or right in terms of Israeli interests isn't the point here. What's important is that
It should also be noted that neither Hamas nor the Palestinian Authority (nor
These points are one small example of how myths about
Equally, they claim that the PA is moderate and does want peace despite the fact that it does nothing to promote such an outcome. In 2000, the PA rejected the Camp David and
Meanwhile, as I predicted, here's the Washington Post cartoon, "explaining" how Netanyahu and Abbas are "equally" against direct talks, despite Netanyahu advocating and Abbas opposing them for the last 16 months!
Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal.
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