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  •  I recall that speech (0+ / 0-)

    And he, Netanyahu, pretty much adopted the recommendations in the white paper, except for weaning of us aid.

    •  I wasn't aware of the paper at the time. (0+ / 0-)

      But it's clear our memories of the speech are different.

      "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

      by AaronInSanDiego on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 01:01:00 PM PST

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    •  Found a quote (0+ / 0-)

      from here, although it's not that explicit.

      In 1998, when Israeli ESF stood at $1.2 billion, the Israeli finance minister arranged with Congress to reduce ESF by $120 million annually over 10 years while increasing annual FMF by $60 million. This plan went into effect in 1999 so that current Israeli ESF roughly amount to $600 million and FMF to $2.1 billion. The rationale behind this plan was first expressed as Israeli policy in a 1996 speech by then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint session of Congress. Addressing the future of the U.S.–Israel economic relationship, Netanyahu said that, “I believe that we can now say that Israel has reached childhood’s end, that it has matured enough to begin approaching a state of self-reliance…We are going to achieve economic independence.” In stating this goal, Netanyahu had two major projects in mind: ending U.S. economic aid to Israel and reforming the Israeli economy into “a free market of goods and ideas.”22
      I do see that economic aid (ESF) decreased, while military aid (FMF) increased.

      "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

      by AaronInSanDiego on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 01:07:31 PM PST

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      •  Yes economic aid has been almost zero'd (1+ / 0-)
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        from WiKi, sort of supports your case in one instance.

        Professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt wrote in their controversial and critical "The Israel Lobby" article of March 2006, published in the London Review of Books that the Clean Break paper
        "called for Israel to take steps to reorder the entire Middle East. Netanyahu did not follow their advice, but Feith, Perle and Wurmser were soon urging the Bush administration to pursue those same goals. The Ha’aretz columnist Akiva Eldar warned that Feith and Perle 'are walking a fine line between their loyalty to American governments ... and Israeli interests'."[14]
        Sidney Blumenthal criticized the report, writing:
        "Instead of trading land for peace, the neocons advocated tossing aside the Oslo agreements that established negotiations and demanding unconditional Palestinian acceptance of Likud's terms, peace for peace. Rather than negotiations with Syria, they proposed weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria. They also advanced a wild scenario to redefine Iraq. Then King Hussein of Jordan would somehow become its ruler; and somehow this Sunni monarch would gain control of the Iraqi Shiites, and through them wean the south Lebanese Shia away from Hezbollah, Iran, an
        d Syria."[9]

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