State: U.S. not contemplating economic pressure


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The United States is not contemplating economic action against Israel, a State Department spokesman said.

In his opening remarks at the State Department briefing, Philip Crowley made a point of addressing news generated after a colleague, prompted by a reporter, said talk of economic leverage against Israel was "premature."

"There had been some reporting after yesterday’s briefing that I think represents some misinterpretation," Crowley said. "There’s been some reporting that the United States is contemplating financial or economic pressure against Israel. We are not contemplating such action."

Instead, he said, George Mitchell, the Obama administrtation’s Middle East envoy, was in the region endeavoring to bring the sides together through diplomacy.

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