Friday, December 5, 2008
An Israeli official says Tel Aviv is familiar with and has full confidence in the people nominated to run the Obama administration.
“Obama is surrounding himself with people who we know – from Hillary Clinton, to Rahm Emanuel, to James Jones. There is no reason to panic,” the Israeli official told the Jerusalem Post.
The official’s remarks come shortly after the release of a recent report compiled by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy and the Council on Foreign Relations — which contains recommendations for the Obama administration’s policies in regards to the Middle East and Iran.
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The think-tank report, authored by veterans of past US administrations, suggests that “to deal effectively with a rising Iran, the United States must embark on a far deeper reevaluation of its strategy and launch a comprehensive diplomatic initiative to attempt to engage” Iranian officials.
The report also called for a timely normalization of “low-level diplomatic relations” with Tehran.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry reportedly did not agree with the recommendations. The Israeli official, however, dismissed the proposals and told the paper that, “We have nothing to be afraid of.”
This article was posted: Friday, December 5, 2008 at 11:10 am