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Same old stance

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Friday Nov.14,2008


Same old stance

Dear Editor:
The new Congress is different from the last one as far as the balance of power is concerned, but its fear of the pro-Israel lobby will be unabated. True, the influence of the Zionist evangelicals will be much diminished, but the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is alive and kicking, and its kicks will be as painful as ever. The new door­keeper, who bears the ringing Israeli name Rahm Emanuel, grew up in a Jewish home, speaks Hebrew and rushed to the aid of the Israeli army during the first Gulf War.
I don’t know his views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but he certainly will not block the path of the Israeli prime minister to the President Obama. There is no chance for progress toward Israeli-Palestinian peace without American pressure on the Israeli government. That has been true for decades, and that remains true today. So America and Israel will stick together to the bitter end, as they have proven in every Israeli-Palestinian war so far. But that end together may be sooner than they think, because of recent developments.
We shall see.
Ted Rudow,III.MA

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