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Submitted by SHmuel HaLevi (Israel), May 23, 2006 at 11:48

Your article is, as usual,. excellent.

The next few years, and that limited just from two to four years, will see great changes on that relationship. Both the Jewish state and the US will need to re evaluate some basic items. In my view though, "losing" is not precisely the outcome we forecast. We need to limit the unhealthy taxpayer money drain and sever the never ending proactive consultations. If we do that intelligently, we both may come to gain from it.

The US Embassy would have to move to Jerusalem, the staff may well be limited to that needed to carry standard relations and just as much must be done by the Jewish Embassy in Washington. The Jewish state must openly buy and sell all of its products everywhere and so may the US. etc.

You may notice that I do not address the Islamic War against both of us. No need to do so. Either we win that or all is lost. For all of us. You may also notice that I name the Jewish state. That is our internal decision to make. Should the state not be so, the rest is quite irrelevant. The US taxpayer should consider the relative merits of the State Department supporting what many Jewish people consider rather poor examples of being Jewish to the detriment of others fully identified with the Judeo-Christian faith.

SHmuel HaLevi

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