April 19th, 2010
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Israeli defense minister expresses worries about relations with U.S.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed concern Monday over deteriorating relations with the United States.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed concern Monday over deteriorating relations with the United States.

Jerusalem (CNN) - Israel's defense minister expressed concern Monday about deteriorating relations with the United States and warned that "the growing alienation" with President Obama's administration "is not a good thing for the state of Israel."

Speaking to Israel radio on the commemoration of Memorial Day, Ehud Barak said it was important "to act to change our relations with the United States." Barak is the center-left Labor Party leader who serves in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's largely right-wing government.

"We are tied with the U.S. in bonds of many years of friendship, of a strategic partnership. From them we get 3 billion dollars every year, from them we get the best planes. They stood by us when [we] needed to fight. ..."

He said that Israel has American weapons worth billions of dollars that Israel would use "if, God forbid, a war is forced upon us."

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  1. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "We are tied with the U.S. in bonds of many years of friendship, of a strategic partnership. From them we get 3 billion dollars every year, from them we get the best planes."

    Yeah, and what does the US get out of this "strategic partnership?"

    Nothing.

    That's not a "partnership," strategic or otherwise. That's the US being suckered by one of the most arrogant, predatory, and violent theocracies on the planet.

    Ending our economic, diplomatic, and military support for the Israeli fanatics would not only save us a lot of money, it would do a lot to defuse tensions in the mid-east.

    April 19, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. scott

    Is Barak implying that the Israeli govt would have to use their American weapons against the west if the Quartet forced terms upon Israel to stop dragging their feet in this matter? Are these silly settlements so precious that this country would consider fighting against the UN and the Quartet on the battlefield? It is time for Israel to come to the table and clean up their act. Two recent wars upon mostly civilian populations has turned this country into a rogue nation in my view. Obama must continue to press them, and if they continue to defy the international community, then the Quartet must come up with a plan. I am sure the Israelis will not like it.

    April 19, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Jeff in Virginia

    If you are a member of our government and have ever taken money from AIPAC, you are a traitor. Democrat or Republican, it does not matter.

    Get this foreign influence out of our government.

    April 19, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Pat F

    Amen, Liam. Barry Hussein Obamessiah just wants all his Muslim Brothers to love him. Israel, the only democracy in the region, has no value to him.

    I hope the American Jewish voters and other supporters of the State of Israel are paying attention. Pathological self-haters like Norman Poderantz and Noam Chomsky are not the majority of Jews in his country. Florida – PAY ATTENTION. BARRY IS SELLING YOU OUT! BARRY LIED!!

    April 19, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Mickey, NY

    The terrorist state of Israel should be worried. The money train is about to come to a screeching halt. And with the money train stopping, the ouster all dual citizenship members in U.S. government.

    April 19, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. kyle from ohio

    So this is the problem with getting in bed with someone with their own agenda, When the Pale Jews where the minority, the general public had passion for them, Now tha the Israel State has gotten to big to fail, They now have become the tyannt, and we should be told by them to straight up our act toward them. please. This attiude by the Israel and some of our own citizens should be check right now, This is why peace is not possible in the mid-east, the High and mighty Israel goverment, that tells us how to act regards of the current president or not.

    April 19, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Tesitfy

    I understand the need to build better ties however Isreal leadership needs to stop slaping us in the face

    April 19, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Well, try working with us and not rubbing our noses in dung for a change!

    April 19, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Dano

    If Isreal is worried about their relationship with the US maybe they should take into account some of our concerns. For too many years they have been treated like a "friend with benefits" while giving little back to America. The Isreali/Palenstinian conflict has caused unrest in the Middle East for decades, costing the US many billions of dollars on top of the 3 billion Isreal receives. Isreal needs to work harder to achieve a peaceful agreement with its neighbors. A good start would be to halt expansion of settlements in areas claimed by the Palistinians as part of their future State. The area may never be entirely peaceful but this would reduce some of the tension in the area and maybe allow for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

    April 19, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. Jim

    I'm sorry if the changes in the relationship is bad for Israel. But what about the United States? Israel keeps stealing Palestinian land and upsetting the whole region. They need to change their behavior and work it out with the Palestinians and if they don't, the US needs to quit supporting them.

    April 19, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. MikeH

    Israel needs to stop kidnapping and assassinating Palistininian activists.

    Israel needs to stop stealing Palistinian land.

    Israel needs to end apartheid.

    Israel needs to recall it's thousands of spies operating in the U.S.

    When all this happens, relations will improve.

    April 19, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. PREDICTA

    As long as the money keeps rolling in from supporter of Israel to the US power structure in congress, Israel is free to do whatever she likes. Obama can only go so far before he gets an earful from democrats in his own party.

    April 19, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. MikeH

    Bill, you are a liar.

    April 19, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. so what?

    It's amazing that the same people who opposes government spending on Americans e.g Health Care, are all in favor of us giving the Israelis $3Billion a year for nothing! What's in it for us? Friendship? I would rather have health care for my kids and pay for it too!

    April 19, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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