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The Israeli Press Continues to Analyze USA-Israel Crisis

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Haaretz by Barak Ravid and Anshel Pfeffer

Israeli government sources say it is likely that after the current diplomatic crisis and pressure by the United States regarding the Palestinian issue, Israel will soon face an even more serious row with the European Union.
A government source in Jerusalem said this was the concern voiced during a conference call between Foreign Ministry Director-General Yossi Gal and seven of Israel’s ambassadors in important world capitals.
Gal spoke last Thursday with Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, and the envoys to the European Union, London, Rome, the UN, Moscow and Paris.

Oren’s laconic retelling of Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington, revealing no details of the prime minister’s meetings, roused the ire of the other ambassadors, who said they were not kept abreast of events and so could not represent Israel adequately regarding the dispute with the United States.
"The American embassy in London knows what went on in Netanyahu’s meetings in Washington and I have no idea," said Israel’s ambassador to Britain, Ron Prosor.
The envoys all said that if U.S. pressure continued, the European Union would go even further in condemning Israel and promoting diplomatic initiatives.
Netanyahu told the cabinet Sunday that he saw "no signs of moderation" among the Palestinians. "However, we will maintain a restrained framework of debate and continue our talks with the U.S. administration to move the process of dialogue forward," he said.
Yedioth Aharonot by Alon Pinkas

US President Barack Obama is pro-
Israel, even though he does not shower Israel with love on a daily basis, as was the case during 16 years of pampering under Clinton and Bush. In addition, the president does not mutter at every opportunity how deep America’s commitment is to Israel’s security and qualitative advantage; yet when it comes to all the parameters that count, Obama is pro-Israel.
The American president stood up at Cairo University and
declared that the alliance with Israel is unshakeable. Moreover, before criticizing him for his “humiliating” attitude to Prime Minister Netanyahu, we should note that Obama maintains no warm personal ties with any foreign leader, including the French president, the British PM, the German chancellor, and even America’s neighbors, the Mexican president or the Canadian PM.
Obama is also not a romantic diplomat such as Jimmy Carter or an idealistic diplomat like Bill Clinton. He is a realist whose approach to foreign policy is much more similar to that of Republicans Richard Nixon or George Bush Sr. Obama, and the Washington officials in his camp, see US interests and regional balances before them: India-Pakistan, Iran-Iraq and the Gulf, and Israel and the Arab world. The aim of these balances is to produce or maintain stability.

(…) Netanyahu’s survival in power, preservation of the current coalition, and ongoing construction in
the settlements located outside the three large blocs and east of the security fence are legitimate interests for Netanyahu himself, yet it would be difficult to characterize them as vital interests for the State of Israel; it’s even more difficult to convince us that these interests justify a rift vis-à-vis the US.
There is no need to resort to doomsday scenarios in respect to our ties with the US; such scenarios are unlikely to materialize. It’s enough that the Arab world and Europeans are watching Netanyahu’s visit to Washington and that Israel’s isolation will grow.
There is no point in constantly analyzing the “implications of the crisis,” as millions of words had been devoted to the topic by no. There is also no point in again criticizing Netanyahu over the year that had been wasted without an Israeli initiative and about the tainted relationship. The same is true for stating that this is an especially volatile conflict as it combines fundamental gaps between Israel and the US as mutual mistrust. This statement does not constitute an answer for the following question: What do we do next?

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