A wake-up message for Netanyahu

Martin Indyk, who I have seen as hawkish on Israel, has some good advice for Israel. Indyk was U.S. ambassador to Israel in the Clinton administration, and has been an active participant in many U.S. efforts at negotiating thePalestinian-Israel conflict. This from Ha'aretz: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1164375.html"Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk said on Wednesday that if Israel is a superpower that manages alone, then it can make decisions alone. In an interview with Army Radio, Indyk said that if Israel sees itself as a superpower that does not need any aid from the United States, then it can make its own decisions. However "if you need the United States, then you need to take into account America's interests," said Indyk. "And here a Times' op-ed piece he wrote: "The shift in Americas Middle East interests means that Netanyahu must make a choice: take on the president of the United States, or take on his right wing. If he continues to defer to those ministers in his cabinet who oppose peacemaking, the consequences for U.S.-Israel relations could be dire." http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/20/opinion/20iht-edindyk.html?pagewanted=all

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.

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