Israeli FM mulling reduction of dependence on U.S.: report
The office of Israeli Foreign Minister, is considering adjusting the focuses of its foreign policy to reduce its dependence on the United States and develop relations with "neglected" regions, showed a secret memo revealed on Wednesday by an Israeli newspaper.
The memo also calls for lowering the expectation of the international community on the talks between Israelis and Palestinians, said a report published on the website of The Jerusalem Post.
Although denied by both governments time after time, analysts are talking about cracks emerging between the traditional allies of Israel and the U.S. after Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama came into power, especially their disagreement on the Jewish settlement issue, Xinhua reported.
The memo urges for a new policy to alter the situation of "lone dependence" on the U.S., said the report, adding that the memo was drafted in recent weeks by staff of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's office under his request.
"There is no replacement for Israel's special relations with the United States," the memo was quoted as saying, "but the lone dependence on the United States is unhealthy for either side."
To achieve this objective, the memo calls on Israel to closer ties with other world powers and develop relations with the developing world.
The document especially mentions the importance to develop relations with regions "neglected" by the past Israeli foreign policies such as Latin America and Africa, in order to get help when the United Nations votes on issues connected to Israel.
The foreign minister has visited South American, African and East European countries recently. "For many years Israel has been absent from entire regions," Lieberman said before his departure for Africa in September.
The memo, which The Jerusalem Post referred to as a critique of the Obama administration's efforts, objects an "immediate, total and comprehensive solution" between Israel and Palestinians.
Calling for lowering the expectation of a breakthrough in Israeli-Palestinian talks, the memo suggests reaching "a temporary settlement even without solving the core issues, including Jerusalem, the right of return and borders."
As the third focus of the "new foreign policy," the document says Israel should fulfill "a policy of zero tolerance" towards anti-Semitic expressions worldwide.
Lieberman is expected to talk about the memo, described as " guidelines for a whole new foreign policy," with his senior professional staff in the coming days, sources with the ministry told The Jerusalem Post.