Monday, March 15, 2010
Israel Concerned About Weakening U.S. Ties
Israel is clearly concerned about a widening rift between that nation and the United States over the building of settlement homes in east Jerusalem.
The announcement of the approval to build additional homes came during a trip the Jewish state by Vice President Joe Biden. The vice president felt it had blindsided him, and that's when the war of words over the decision began.
An article in Foreign Policy Magazine, however, claims that the rift was set up before the trip, when the U.S. military - concerned about Arab impressions of the relationship between the United States and Israel, pressured the White House to show the world that it had some control over the Jewish state. If true, this raises concerns about the amount of influence the military has over U.S. government policy.