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article imageObama administration: 'No more blank checks for Israelis, Palestinians'

By Chris V. Thangham     Dec 7, 2008 in Politics
A former US ambassador to Israel said the Middle East country can no longer expect “blank checks” from the next administration unless they resolve the Israel-Palestine crisis.
Martin Indyk, director of the Center for the Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institute and a close friend of the new secretary of state Hillary Clinton, said in a public radio interview that Obama’s administration will be much different than Bush’s in treating Israel and Arabs.
Indyk said there will be no more “blank checks” from the U.S. unless they show tangible actions.
He said Obama will use diplomacy and will be actively involved to bring about safe and peaceful conditions in the Middle East, whereas under Bush’s the problems are still present even after seven years.
President Obama surely will want to work with Israel on this (Middle East) agenda. But there are obligations on both sides (Israel and the Arabs). Both sides will have to respect these obligations.
Indyk said unless Israel and Palestinians fulfill their obligations, they can’t expect “blank checks” from the U.S. Presumably, other countries like Pakistan, Egypt, can also expect the same
Early this week, acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert talked with Clinton and congratulated her for becoming the secretary of state. Clinton has promised that she will try to bring stability in the region.
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