US-Israel Balance Echoes Tensions of 1991 by Helena Cobban — Antiwar.com
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Barack Obama in Washington Monday, amid speculation that their two administrations may be heading for a confrontation worse than any they have known since 1991-92.
In 1991, as today, the U.S. president was determined to bring Israel into peace talks with the Arabs on the basis of “land for peace” deals in the West Bank and the other Israeli-occupied lands. Then, as now, Israel was ruled by a Likud prime minister deeply opposed to ceding any power in the occupied West Bank to the Palestinians.
Then as now, officials in both Washington and Israel were also concerned with another big threat from elsewhere in the region, whose presence strongly colored their Arab-Israeli diplomacy. In 1991, it was Iraq; today, it is Iran.