Monday, October 09, 2000

Israelis are dreaming if they think the United States supports them for any reason other than sheer economic self-interest. Israel is the American watch dog over the mid-east oilfields. Once the oil starts to run out (or if large amounts of oil are suddenly found elsewhere or technical solutions to replace the oil are implemented), American diplomatic support and American money will disappear instantly. The Palestinians are almost always in an incredibly bad bargaining position. You would think that Israel would be in a hurry to get some permanent resolution to the whole situation, while the most favorable result for the Jewish Israelis is still possible. The Israeli Government has to get the position of Israel 'normalized' in the Middle East well in advance of any drastic change in the status of oil. This is a good article on the current mess.