Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Nadia Hijab: "Playing from Strength in the Middle East"

US Campaign Advisory Board Member Nadia Hijab has some suggestions for the Obama Administration on how to "play from strength" in its dealings with Israel:
"Here’s what Obama could say: “Let me be clear. I have already stated that my administration does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. There is no point having ‘natural growth’ in structures which must be evacuated, as required by international law. Peace with the Palestinians -- based on two sovereign states along the 1967 borders with minor, mutually agreed modifications -- is the best guarantee of Israel’s survival and security. We call on the world to act: Not against Israel, but against Israel’s occupation.”"
(View of Dheisheh Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, with the settlement of Efrat in the background. For more photos from the US Campaign/IFPB delegation, click here) Hijab adds that the Obama Administration needs to consider the leverage that it has:
"[J]ust as Israel is stalling on what America has described as one of its national security interests -- peace in the Middle East -- the administration should similarly stall on issues important to Israel. For instance, sharing military technology, providing military aid or loan guarantees, and conducting joint military exercises. Bureaucracies can find ways to slow things down without a policy shift, and the administration should use them all."
To read the full article, click here. To take action against U.S. military aid to Israel, click here.