Middle Israel: Speech defect

Furious in the face of what he saw as Jerusalem’s stubbornness, US president Gerald Ford warned prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, in writing: “Failure of the negotiations will have far-reaching impact on the region and on our relations.”

No, that wasn’t President Barak Obama writing and it wasn’t Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reading – but it is the only precedent to the nadir that US-Israel relations have now reached.

Ford’s context was not Iran, but Egypt, and at stake was an Israeli withdrawal from a strip of desert east of the Suez Canal. Tensions peaked when Rabin felt secretary of state Henry Kissinger was lying to him about Egypt’s intentions while demanding that Israel cede the strategic Mitla Pass yet failing to secure from Cairo a formal nonaggression commitment.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Middle-Israel-Speech-defect-390905

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