Latest US Incentives to Israel: Much Ado About Little

The US has made its offer to Israel for a 90-day “moratorium” on settlement construction in the West Bank. Some see this as a major setback in US policy. I have to say, it seems to me to be much ado about nothing.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

In exchange for this moratorium, which will include a stoppage of any work begun since the end of the last “freeze” but would not include Jerusalem, the US would grant Israel the following:

  • the U.S. government would deliver 20 F-35 fighter jets to Israel, a deal worth $3 billion
  • if an Israeli-Palestinian agreement is achieved, the U.S. would sign a comprehensive security agreement with Israel
  • The US would fight against “de-legitimization” of Israel, which would include:
    • curbing actions by the United Nations on the Goldstone Report
    • blocking anti-Israel UN resolutions concerning the Gaza flotilla raid
    • defeating international resolutions aimed at exposing Israel’s nuclear program at the International Atomic Energy Agency
    • strengthening pressure on Iran and Syria in regards to their nuclear and proliferation activities. Continue reading