Back in 1978-79, Israel Defense Minister Ezer Weizman and Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan ascribed the success of the Egyptian/Israeli negotiations to [Jimmy Carter]'s "bulldog-like persistence." His very public, abusive rhetoric, which sometimes falsely blamed Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin's "intransigence" for any delay or breakdown in the negotiations, turned most American Jews against him. No Democrat in the past 85 years has lost the Jewish vote, except for Carter in his unsuccessful bid for a second term in 1980.Even though America is Israel's best friend and an indispensable ally, nine successive U.S. presidents over a period of 42 years have opposed Israel's expansion of settlements in the territories. For those four decades, Israel has ignored all of them. Now it is President Obama's turn. Can he be ignored? I do not think so, and I hope he's not.
After Decades of Stalemate, He Deserves Our Steadfast Support Theodore Mann Jewish Exponent; Jun 11, 2009; 226, 11; Docstoc pg. 21 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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