Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom reacted Thursday to the crisis with the United States by saying that “there are disagreements regarding the root of the matter but there is also a wide base of friendship and cooperation between Israel and the United States. Every meeting with the US is important and contributes meaningfully to the relations between the countries.”
"We must do everything to reach an understanding,” the former Foreign Minister said. “But the US needs to understand that if the pressure is one-sided, it will not contribute, and could even lead to an opposite result and come back as a boomerang.”
Shalom may have been hinting that Israel would become less trusting of the US's role as a fair mediator in the diplomatic process if it did not apply pressure to the Palestinian Authority as well.
MKs Zeev Elkin (Likud) and Aryeh Eldad (NU), the joint heads of the Knesset Lobby for the Land of Israel, said that “the Lobby for the Land of Israel strengthens the hands of the Prime Minister for his stand in face of the unfair American pressure.”
"We repeat our position, to which we gave our signatures on the eve of the Prime Minister's departure to the US, that the numerous gestures that have been carried out until now did not bring about any improvement in the Palestinians' attitude toward Israel, and did not ease international pressure but did the opposite.”
"For that reason,” the two parliamentarians said, “there is no reason to make additional gestures that will harm the settlement movement, the security and the human rights of the settlers.”