George Mitchell, Barack Obama's Envoy to the Middle East, caused a stir in Israel this week when he said on U.S. Television in an interview with Charlie Rose that the Obama Administration could reduce military aid to Israel in an effort to extract more Israeli concessions to the Palestinians. Rarely do you ever hear an administration official suggest that aid to Palestinians could be reduced if they continue to support acts of terrorism against Israelis.
In the meantime, Senators Joe Lieberman and John McCain are in Israel to calm Israeli fears that U.S. aid to Israel might be cut. The Senators stated during their visit. that Congress would never approve any cut of U.S. loan guarantees to Israel. Senators John Thume and John Barrasso seconded Lieberman's and McCain's reassurances stating that "any attempt to force Israel to negotiate by denying Israel’s support will not pass the U.S. Congress."