The World: How to Lean on Israel

It was an extraordinary scene. Standing before the TV cameras next to the beaming Foreign Minister of an allied nation, Florida Senator Richard Stone last week denounced U.S. State Department policy. In the case of almost any other country, it would have been considered an affront to the U.S.—but not if the minister is Moshe Dayan and the country is Israel. The incident illustrates the special problems the U.S. faces in trying to push Israel toward a more pliable attitude that is necessary to bring about a Middle East settlement. Just how much leverage does Washington have?

Israel's dependence on the U.S....

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