“The thing is, nobody in US leadership position will float the idea of cutting off aid to Israel until they become more accountable”
Citizen, this very point came up a lot in Matthew Taylor’s piece on the y-net interview. American brought this up to me shortly after I began commenting at Mondoweiss. But the way I see it, there is a huge divide between Congress and the executive branch — and it is Congress which votes ‘the aid” (more accurately described as “a shakedown”) The President can only do what he can do within his own part of government, we are a democracy not a dictatorship, Israel has found our weak spot and is milking it for all it’s worth (which is quite a lot).
The y-net interview dealt simply with the negotiations sponsored by the President as part of his foreign policy. It would have been ludicrous for the American presidential mission to have started complaining about Congress to an Israeli newspaper. There’s nothing Obama can do about that, but he can put pressure on the Israelis during the peace talks and afterwards, which is what he did. I’m pretty sure this interview came from Obama through his man in Israel, Dan Shapiro the US ambassador. Ben Caspit is one of my fave Israeli journos at al-Monitor — a couple of weeks ago when Kerry citing ‘reality check’ left Martin Indyk to carry on in his place, Caspit mentioned that Indyk was being closely advised by Dan Shapiro.
also not to forget, yes what the American officials told y-net was naïve or worse to a Mondoweiss readership — but it was directed to an Israeli readership. These guys are not as stupid as what they sound sometime. They knew the effect they wanted to produce.
I haven’t been following Rand Paul much but I did send his father several drafts of money when he ran for the Republican nomination in 2012. Always liked Ron Paul, he and Nader were not that far apart on most things…