Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A List of Demands

Because this is how international relations work:
Israel plans to present U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a series of "red lines" it wants Washington to incorporate into its planned dialogue with Tehran about Iran's nuclear program.

Clinton arrived in Israel Monday night and will meet with various Israeli officials Tuesday.

The red lines were jointly formulated by the Foreign Ministry and the defense establishment, and Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu has been briefed on them. The document recommends that Israel adopt a positive attitude toward the planned U.S.-Iranian dialogue, but proposes ways of minimizing what Israeli officials see as the risks inherent in such talks.
Matt Yglesias:
Israel to tell United States how we must conduct Iran policy. In light of the billions of dollars in aid they give us annually, and that absent our alliance with Israel we’d risk isolation in the international community, it would obviously behoove U.S. policy makers to take these “red lines” very seriously. After all, they’re the ones with the leverage in the bilateral relationship.
Hopefully the change in administration can also mean a change to the "encourage Israel to be as crazy as it wants to be" foreign policy we've been pursuing so successfully.

1 comment:

  1. where might this list of demands be written?

    might i suggest the palms of their hands