ISRAEL AND US RELATIONS DETERIORATING FAST


Report: U.S. Blocking Weapons to Israel, Relations Worsening
15:35 Dec 24, ’06 / 3 Tevet 5767


(IsraelNN.com) Relations between Israel and the Bush administration have worsened to the point that the United States has blocked arms and technology transfers to Israel the past three months, according to the authoritative Mideast Newsline.

The report quoted unnamed sources in both countries that relations have soured since the Hizbullah terrorist war last summer. The U.S. was expecting Israel to fulfill its announced intentions of beating back Hizbullah and rescuing two kidnapped IDF soldiers.

American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had stated that there would be no ceasefire until the soldiers were returned but had to back down after Hizbullah withstood an Israeli offensive and killed and wounded dozens of soldiers. The Americans also have expressed disappointment and even anger for anti-terrorist incursions that resulted in a high number of civilian casualties in Lebanon and in the Gaza area.

“Nobody will say openly that there is a problem,” a government source told Mideast Newsline, “but there is a serious problem that reflects the marginalization of Israel in U.S. strategy.”

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