(Note to readers: I am about a day and a half behind filing my "stories" for Blog Pool. I am working hard to catch up on Condi's important visits to Europe and the Middle East).
Secretary of State Rice's comments with Prime Minster Sharon were brief prior to their February 6 meeting. However there are two items from both individuals:
Prime Minister Sharon: "Welcome Madam Secretary, you are among friends here."
Secretary Rice: "I bring greetings to you from President Bush, and I just want to say that of course the relationship between the United States and Israel is based on such a firm foundation because we share not just interests but values. I look forward to working with you to try to advance the cause of peace and to overcome the scourge of terrorism."
PM Sharon is subtle with the "you are among friends here" line, but it is true isn't it? Is there another country in the Middle East that is as pro-America as Israel?
Because of the Judeo-Christian values shared by both countries, the strong traditions of democracy and mutual support, Dr. Rice returns a subtle comment to PM Sharon, speaking about a deeper relationship that has not only mutual interests but rooted values.