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Warning Shot From Tel Aviv

By Matthew Yglesias  

"Warning Shot From Tel Aviv"

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Israeli Foreign Minister and likely Prime Minister Tzipi Livni wastes no time in offering a warning shot to Barack Obama, claiming that opening a dialogue with Iran would signal “weakness.”

To my mind what would signal weakness would be to reverse a major, high-profile campaign pledge that was attacked and defended in both the primary and general elections in response to a foreign politician’s statements and implicit threats of domestic political consequences. Meanwhile, with Obama securing nearly eighty percent of the Jewish vote, and new progressive Israel lobby J-Street helping power pro-peace members of congress to victory, Obama has every reason to think he can afford politically to follow through on his agenda. This is one of those issues where bold measures can be effectively married to bipartisan gestures in order to bring about lasting change.

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