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Article's topics: Yossi Peled, Barack Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu

In a sign of growing concern in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government over US President Barack Obama's Middle East policies, Minister-without-Portfolio Yossi Peled proposed Israeli sanctions on the US in a letter to cabinet ministers on Sunday.


Likud Minister Without Portfolio Yossi Peled.
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SLIDESHOW: Israel & Region | World In the 11-page letter, obtained by The Jerusalem Post from a minister on Monday, Peled recommends steps Israel can take to compensate for the shift in American policy, which he believes has become hostile to Israel.

"Obama's ascendance represents a turning point in America's approach to the region, especially to Israel," he wrote in the letter. "The new administration believes that in order to fight terror, guarantee stability and withdraw from Iraq, a new diplomatic slant is needed involving drastic steps to pacify the Muslim world and the adoption of a more balanced approach to Israel, including intensive pressure to stop building in settlements, remove outposts and advance the formation of a Palestinian state."

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Peled's letter.

But Democratic political activists in Washington dismissed out of hand Peled's suggestions, saying that such an approach would have little chance of influencing Congress's posture on Israel.

"It shows Yossi Peled is terribly uninformed about US politics," said National Jewish Democratic Council Executive Director Ira Forman. "He doesn't understand the politics of the American Jewish community. He doesn't understand the politics of the Democratic party

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This is part of the reaction, people panic as they need to shift, it will take time.

We will see sunday what Netanyaho reaction and then the Coalition re-building I guess with Kadima for a two year plan supported by the USA and EU.

The game has changed.

My critism to Obama is that I think he should have done it more silently so Bibi could take all the credit, the way Obama did it touched a very sensative nerve in Israel and reactions as Peled will follow.
Obama has a lot to learn about diplomacy and living with the effects of a public statement. This comes with time and experience.

Adjustments to the change that must come will be painful but necessary.
It is different in many ways,

Shamir attend Madrid but did not move, Bibi is managed by Ehud Barak. you will see that the dynamic is different. also removing and stop building settelments is something you can measure. Shamir participation in Madrid enable him to come, but do nothing.

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