Foreign Ministry Weighs New Directions in Foreign Policy

[Jerusalem Post] Haviv Rettig Gur - The policy staff in Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's office has drawn up a plan for a new focus on three areas: expanding ties with the developing world, lowering international expectations of a breakthrough in negotiations with the Palestinians, and creating a "zero-tolerance" policy for anti-Semitic expressions worldwide. The plan notes: "There is no replacement for Israel's special relations with the United States," calling America "without a doubt Israel's best friend in the world. But the lone dependence on the United States is unhealthy for either side and presents difficulties for the U.S. Israel must build coalitions with other states on the basis of shared interests. In this way, it will expand and strengthen the circle of support, something which will be a relief for the U.S. as well." "Only by building broad coalitions and through long-term investment in ties with continents and states that have been neglected for many years can Israel improve its ability to deal with the challenges ahead."

2009-10-07 08:00:00

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