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Diplomat Slams Israel for Saying No to America
by Maayana Miskin - Arutz Sheva
Israeli diplomat Nadav Tamir has circulated a letter that harshly criticizes his own government for saying “no” to the United States. The letter, titled “Sad thoughts on Israel-U.S. relations,” accuses Israel's leaders of reducing American support for Israel and harming the American Jewish community.
"The favored Israeli approach is always to say to the Americans 'yes, but... ' over no,'” argued Tamir, who serves as Israel's consul general in Boston.
Tamir called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his ministers to “sacrifice tactical issues for the sake of strategic ties.” As an example, he brought former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's agreement to follow the U.S.-backed Roadmap despite reservations.
U.S. diplomats have since demanded that Israel skip parts of the Roadmap requiring the Palestinian Authority to end anti-Israel incitement and violence, and move straight to final-status negotiations and a complete freeze on Jewish growth in Judea and Samaria.
Tamir blamed a loss of support for Israel among American Jews on Netanyahu's refusal to accept some American demands, such as that for a complete building freeze in Judea and Samaria. “The sense of conflict between the Israeli government and the Obama administration puts the American Jewish community in an extremely problematic place... and this conflict draws many of them away from the state of Israel,” he claimed.
America's determination to bring a solution to Israel-PA conflict will benefit Israel, he claimed. Tamir said he sees “no indication” that Israel's interests are being sacrificed in order to improve U.S. ties with the Muslim world.
Sources in the Prime Minister's office said the letter was an unprofessional attempt to spread Tamir's own political views, and was “not worthy of a response.” Tamir apparently wrote the letter in a deliberate attempt to damage the government's image, they said.