April 19th, 2010
09:40 AM ET

Israeli official worries about relations with U.S.

Israel's Defense Minister expressed concern Monday over deteriorating relations with the United States and warned that "the growing alienation" with the administration of President Barack Obama "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 US in bonds of many years of friendship, of a strategic partnership, from them we get three billion dollars every year, from them we get the best planes. They stood by us when (we) needed to fight ..."

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

Barak, who served as Israel's prime minister from 1999 to 2001, said he did not believe the relationship between Israel and the U.S. would be as strong as it was under previous American administrations, but he stressed the need to "change it from the essence".

To that end, Barak said it was important to "renew an Israeli political initiative which is not afraid of dealing with all the core issues". The core issues refer to the major obstacles in reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians; they include the status of Jerusalem, the return of Palestinian refugees and borders for a future Palestinian state.

Relations between Netanyahu's government and the Obama administration soured in recent months over Israel's continued housing construction in East Jerusalem.

Israel seized East Jerusalem from Jordan after the Six Day War in 1967, and considers it part of its sovereign capitol – a claim not recognized by the international community. Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the future capitol of their state.

Barak said the Isareli government had been more active in seeking peace than the Palestinians and argued that Netanyahu had made difficult decisions. He cited Netanyahu's acceptance of a two-state solution and the enactment of a 10-month West Bank settlement freeze.

Barak warned, however, that Israel could not continue its military occupation of the Palestinians and that it was in the country's interest to end it.

"The world is not willing to accept, and we will not change it, in 2010, the expectation of dozens of years more that Israel controls another nation....the state of Israel will not be any less powerful but rather – stronger after this painful operation"

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  1. john burgess

    Don't worry be happy our muslim president is showing mr g-jad that he don't get pushed around cause hes from the chicago mafia, Go ahead and attack them evil fool;s in iran put the country out of order no money for the terroristss no place to get weapons that should cool all them fools down after a while. you know cut off the head of the serpent and the serpent will die.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. David

    The United States and it's citizens have ignored Israel's arrogance for years. The US has blatantly favored Israel over the Palestinian people and has ignored Israeli abuses and atrocities for years. Although we give considerable aid to Israel, they ignore our requests to temper their displacement of Palestinians and continue to build settlements on land that is not rightfully theirs.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. xfiler93

    I would be worried to if I were a Jew. This administration and the Congress are surely not in favor of Isreal, but with her enemies. I really fear for Isreal the next three years.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. jjheinis

    It is well known that Israel has the support of the United States. Unfortunately, illegal settlements will be built as long as there is money to be made by building them. THe status quo remains. The US is up to its neck in Iraq and Afghanistan and needs (quiet) Israeli help and vice versa. A quiet day at CNN. No real news.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    The United States has always had good relations with Isarael. Partialyy because of alliances being built up over the years and partially because of our Christian beliefs....they ARE GOD's CHOSEN PEOPLE. Anyways, both groups recieve money from the United States....the Palestinians just decide to use it on weapons instead of their people. And their own p[eople of the arab world with plenty of oil money and land to offer, just sit and cough up excuses of how badly the US treats the Palestinians. They need help and money and protection (from their own actions). And then we get this pseudo-American, pro-muslim world president who is intent on destroying alli relationships as well as the American way of life. At least I can say I didn't vote for him or the "change".

    April 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. karek40

    Lets see, how would those of us in the U.S. feel if some foreign power told us we could not build appartments/housing in any direction around any major city in the U.S. as long as it was in the U.S. We would probably take a pretty hard line and tell them to butt out. Duh

    April 21, 2010 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jim7893

    Israel is, in fact (if not officially) our 51st state. As Baralk said, we give them 3 Billion each year! Probably more of our taxes than given back to any of our own (official) 50. Too much goodwill has been extended to Israel by the US over the years with no reciprocation regarding the Palistinians. Time for a change...(Barak Obama)...

    April 23, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. ann

    God has chosen no one, and the Jews are the original ultra-racists with evil crap like that.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Psyche-Warden

    Joe, your comment lacks self-awareness and is devoid of any evidence of a proper education. Yea, I know. You were absent from school that day. I don't blame you though, Joe. I blame that darn public school system. Not to fret, though. I'll walk you through it.

    So the Jews are God's chosen people? Where did you read that, Joe? The Old Testament?

    Listen up now, Joseph. I'm gonna learn you something.

    According to the Old Testament, the original Jews were God's chosen people, but they screwed up by consistently not following His word. Hence, the New Testament was magically created and, Behold! The Bible now includes the Gentiles in God's favor! Thus, we are ALL God's chosen people, Joe! Wow! Yes! Even your dumb @$$! Now, tell me, Joe. Don't that make you feel special? Well, it should because you are, Joe! You're one special piece of work!

    Stay with me now, Joe. Now, the Jews took a magic eraser and deleted all but the first 5 Books of the Bible – they're in the Old Testament, Joe – and they called it their Torah. (That sure is a lot of erasing, huh, Joe? Yes sir, it is.) Why do you suppose they did that, Joe? Well, if you actually read the Bible, Joe, the Jews are not exactly spoken of in the most favorable terms. God's reprimand is very evident.

    The modern Jews you're referring to in your comment are NOT the original Jews mentioned in the Bible, Joe. I know…you feel taken now, don't you? Not to worry. Many others have been taken as well, Joe, so you're not alone.

    Here's your first homework assignment, Joe:

    First, find yourself a Bible (not the kind with the big, colorful pictures and humungous font. If you don't have one, then rent a motel room and steal one from the dresser, but be sure to return it when you're done). Then, actually open it and read it this time. Don't worry too much about all those fancy words, just keep plodding your way through and you'll eventually feel the spirit. I promise.

    Now that we've got that out the way, if OBama is a fake American, then unless you are a Native American, so are you! That's right, Joe. You're a fake. REAL Americans don't go around slandering the U.S. President when he's working on behalf of your sorry @$$. What could be more fake than someone like you calling our President a pseudo-American? (Although I admit, I am impressed that you correctly spelled the word 'pseudo', Joe. That shows promise.)

    Joe, your ancestors are not from America. Thus, your family tree, starting from the branch that hitched a ride on that big boat across the pond to escape that God-forsaken European country, is made up of pseudo-Americans. Yes. That's right. Your fake-American Great-Great-Grand-Pappy had fake-American kids, and so on, and so forth, right up to you, Joe. So stifle yourself, fake-American Joe! Keep hitting dem books and get yourself edubucated!

    April 24, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. DUANE

    Truly, the Middle East Warring factions have distroyed the chance of peace at the most ciritcal junction as no one wants to buckle. The sad dilemna is that the Palentinians and Isrealis have lived in the region for over well over a milenia. Each of them need each other for survival.

    That is my comment.

    April 24, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |