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Former US enoy Laments Israel-US Tensions, Blames Gaza War

'There's a sense that Israel has become a power in its own right and it doesn't need the United States as much.'
Former U.S. ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk

Former U.S. ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk.
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Former U.S. ambassador and special Middle East envoy Martin Indyk warned this week that Israel’s defensive counter terror Operation Protective Edge in Gaza has — again — increased tensions between the White House and Israel.

In an interview with Foreign Policy magazine, Indyk said “There is currently much tension between [the US and Israel.]”

Indyk, who is Vice President and Director for Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., admitted the counter terror operation was not the only factor adversely affecting relations between the two countries, however, particularly at the executive level.

“The personal relationship between the President [Barack Obama] and the Prime Minister [Binyamin Netanyahu] has been tense for some time,” he acknowledged. But he added, “[It] has been made even more complicated due to recent events.”

Indyk lamented the self-confidence and independence displayed by Israelis, expressed via the Netanyahu government.

“I don’t remember a situation before, where right-wing Israeli politicians could disparage the United States’ leadership and yet gain popularity, and maybe it’s because they don’t seem to pay any price for it.

“But I suspect that it’s something deeper,” Indyk said. “There’s a sense that Israel has become a power in its own right, and it doesn’t need the United States as much. It’s a kind of hubris.”

Indyk is not neutral in his views on Israel. He was overheard in an upscale Washington DC bar in May ranting about Economic Minister Naftali Bennett and other Israeli leaders for “sabotaging negotiations” with the Palestinian Authority.

In a 30-minute conversation reported by the Washington Free Beacon, Indyk reportedly held Israel completely responsible for the breakdown of the nine-month talks between the PA and Israel.

He followed his rant in the bar with an accusation against Israel during an address at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP).

Indyk again blamed the failure of negotiations with the PA on Israel’s ongoing construction within municipal boundaries in existing communities in its capital, Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria. There were no preconditions at the start of those talks; no freeze on construction was ever required, nor approved by any of the parties, even though it has ever been the mantra of the Palestinian Authority which claims that if only the Jews would leave those territories, there would be peace forever.

That still does not explain why the Arabs refused the partition plan offering those same regions, Jew-free, in 1947. Nor does it explain why Arabs continued to attack Israel prior to 1967, or why Arab residents of Judea, Samaria and Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem never demanded independence as a “Palestinian State” when their lands were occupied and administered by Jordan, between 1948 and 1967.

None of which is ever raised in public discussions by US officials or Arabs about the negotiations, nor mentioned by Martin Indyk.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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18 Responses to “Former US enoy Laments Israel-US Tensions, Blames Gaza War”

  1. Indyk is nothing more than a bitter jew hating jew & is blaming everyone for all his failures.

  2. Janek El says:

    Indyk is the reason.

  3. Thank g- d Israel does Not need Indyk, and again have to remind you that Israel has LEARNT to do it for itself, nobody besides the Jews cared

  4. Why do they keep WARNING Israel? I wonder whether Israel gives a **** what DC thinks? That Muslim that runs the US is the one that should be warned

  5. Well maybe it’s the US’s fault. How ’bout that Mr. Indyk?

  6. No nation on earth has a more incompetent state department than the US.

  7. You hypocrite!! You call yourself a Jew. Obama and company have done enough harm to Israel. You should be ashamed of yourselves together with the New York Times and their blatant lies. Shame on you. We are a democratic country with great values but it seems you and the White House have forgotten the American ways.

  8. washington is not for israel

  9. Ronnie Pleet says:

    It is over due for him to SHUT HIS MOUTH!!!

  10. Ronnie Pleet says:

    Nothing Israel does to defend itself is OK?

  11. Most American’s are actualy pro Israel. This all comes down from obama, the lying, marxist, muslim and anti-American ‘president’.

  12. Ed Kaplan says:

    If Barack ODamit could dance in Gaza and toss candy he would. Just another disappointment in the White House.

  13. Who cares what these no-solution has-been think about what’s best for the Jewish State??????

  14. Anonymous says:

    Indyk is a jumped-up messenger boy for people who do not care for Israel.
    He has an unearned glowing self-image.

  15. Indyk for President and Finkelstein for prime minister of Gaza

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