Mideast envoy George Mitchell has threatened that the U.S. could freeze aid to Israel if the country fails to advance peace talks, YNetNews.com reported.
Mitchell said the U.S. can legally cut its support for aid to Israel and that all options must remain open, YNet reports, though he clarified on PBS that the U.S. wants to put pressure on both sides in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.
The remarks come on the eve of his trip to Israel, aiming to bolster a peace process that failed to get back off the ground during the first year of the Obama administration...
Try and put this into perspective. The Israelis are going to be forced to negotiate with folks that have no use for peace with them. Now, the Obama administration is telling them that unless there is progress, their own aid will be cut.
So, Israel is bullied into negotiating with people that have no use for peace with them. Now, they're bullied into making progress.
I know that Obama wants to be an objective arbitor in all this. Some of us have a problem with that, however this isn't objective at all. All the pressure is being applied to the Israelis. None of the pressure is being applied to the Palestinians. That's not objective. That's favoring the Palestinians.