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Abba Eban

Israel aid deal delays potential for peace

Israel aid deal delays potential for peace

The late erudite Israeli foreign minister, Abba Eban, was quoted widely for once having said "the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity" for peace. The same could apply recently to the Americans.

The United States signed a deal to give Israel $3.8 billion a year over the next 10 years beginning in 2018 — a total of $38 billion — in what National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice characterized as the biggest military assistance package to another country in U.S. history.

The pact was consummated despite Washington's repeated complaints about Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank and plans to demolish the Palestinian village of...