U.S. military leaders: The lack of progress in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations is hampering their efforts in the rest of the Middle East.

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    Mar 17, 2010 7:17 PM GMT
    "The tension between the United States and Israel follows expressions of concern by U.S. military leaders that the lack of progress in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations is hampering their efforts in the rest of the Middle East.

    In January, staff officers from the U.S. Central Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in much of the region, gave a briefing on that theme to Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, military officials said, confirming a report on ForeignPolicy.com.

    "Clearly, the tensions, the issues and so forth have an enormous effect," Gen. David H. Petraeus, head of Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. "My thrust has generally been . . . to encourage that process that can indeed get that recognition that you talked about, and indeed get a sense of progress moving forward in the overall peace process, because of the effect that it has on, particularly, what I think you would term the moderate governments in our area." "

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    "Other lawmakers, including some Democrats, also weighed in, with comments running the gamut from tough criticism to carefully worded concern. Some said the administration was right to bristle at Israel's actions.

    "The administration had real justification for being upset with the timing of the settlements announcement," said Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. But, he added, "we need to disentangle bilateral relations from the peace process."

    Many pro-Israel groups acknowledged that Israel had made a mistake, ... "

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/16/AR2010031602078.html
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    Mar 17, 2010 7:26 PM GMT
    I still predict the US will ultimately cave to Israel, since the votes to oppose Israel's continued settlements simply don't exist in the US Congress. We may be hitched to a falling star, but politically we have no option. Israel knows this, and why it can act as it does. If a US administration attempts to oppose Israel, US Jewish voters will bring it down, so this is a no-brainer.
  • coolarmydude

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    Mar 17, 2010 11:47 PM GMT
    How odd is it that Lieberman, of all people, has been quiet about this. icon_idea.gif
    Actually, it's not that odd...

    http://www.thejewishweek.com/viewArticle/c52_a15172/Editorial__Opinion/Gary_Rosenblatt.html
  • Mepark

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    Mar 18, 2010 3:28 AM GMT
    coolarmydude saidHow odd is it that Lieberman, of all people, has been quiet about this. icon_idea.gif
    Actually, it's not that odd...

    http://www.thejewishweek.com/viewArticle/c52_a15172/Editorial__Opinion/Gary_Rosenblatt.html


    that article is talking about Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli foreign minister, not our Senator.