Cadillac limousine carries Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House

We've seen cars bring people together in a wide variety of capacities, from meeting the neighbors while washing your car in the driveway to finding a new best friend at a local swap meet. Rapprochement between nations may seem a step too far for even the healing powers of the automobile, but a new initiative is aiming to repair ties between the United States and Israel through the purchase of American cars.

A Jerusalem think tank has proposed to the Israeli government that it gradually replace its fleet of 50,000 vehicles – currently comprised primarily of Japanese and European cars – with American ones, thereby demonstrating Israel's solidarity and support for the U.S. economy. The composition of government motor pools generally reflects the larger Israeli car market, where Detroit's products are typically under-represented.

The proposal is being fielded by the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute, a foreign relations think-tank founded by the quasi-governmental Jewish Agency for Israel and located in Jerusalem's Talbieh neighborhood, just a stone's throw away from the official residences of Israel's prime minister and president. The institute is known for researching alternative foreign relations initiatives.


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      Egon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds good...but nothing meaningful has happened yet. If Israeli think-tanks are anything like their counterparts on this side of the pond, then it's 'all show and no go'. When all the diplomatic talkity-talk is over and done, only then will we know what's actually going to happen.
      dw
      • 3 Years Ago
      Morty was pretty darn impressed when Jerry gave him the Caddy, see no reason this should be any different http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Vgv1ZrLIwWg/TAPr-egGGgI/AAAAAAAAC3s/7k66loh_vDo/s400/15-seinfeld-Cadillac.jpg
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cars: one of my favorite topics Politics: least favorite topic Well, at least now, our tax dollars going to foreign aid and negligibly offset by the Israelis buying our products. Yay.
      Bruno Nekic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Your kidding right? hahahaha
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      aeollo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've always love Cadillacs :)
      Jim R
      • 3 Years Ago
      A part of me thinks this is a nice symbolic gesture, but a part of me also thinks Israel should just buy the vehicles that best suit its needs regardless of manufacturer.
      MikeInNC
      • 3 Years Ago
      An interesting idea but I can't see this happening after the political fallout from last week. Things are quite chilly between the US and Israel right now. Maybe in a few months when things cool back down and everyone gets to re-state what they meant seven or eight times.
      MattGMD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rest assured Israel won't be paying "retail" price.
      nsxrules
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why would Israel do this when Obama clearly despises them? Now this would be a great idea after 1/20/13 when a new President takes office.
        axiomatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        "Obama clearly despises them"? What an ignorant flame-bait of a post.
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        @nsxrules
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          MCA
          • 3 Years Ago
          InvisibleBlog, and the rest of the people getting on Nicks case - complain all you want about how Nick made his statement, but he's not factually wrong - Clinton and Bush were both proponents of returning to Pre-1967 borders.
          axiomatik
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mike k "The clinton and bush administrations didnt come out and say "you're wrong, here's what you should be doing." Uh, actually, they did. For example, the Bush Administration reprimanded Israel on multiple occasions for continuing to build settlements in disputed areas. Bush obviously despised Israel.
          Mike K
          • 3 Years Ago
          You're ridiculous. The clinton and bush administrations didnt come out and say "you're wrong, here's what you should be doing." Stop ******* the presidential teet and get some facts straight.
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          nsxrules
          • 3 Years Ago
          It's obvious Nick gets his news from so called "news" channels such as MSNBC (nothing but a propaganda machine for the Democratic party), NBC, etc. etc.
          Ralph Williams
          • 3 Years Ago
          Nick you're not winning anyone over by calling us "blabbering f---tards"
        flammablewater
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        So American companies and employees should be punished because you don't like the president?
          nsxrules
          • 3 Years Ago
          @flammablewater
          I'm saying the Israel is stupid for supporting us when our President despises them.
          axiomatik
          • 3 Years Ago
          @flammablewater
          @nsxrules another flame -bait post. Way to contribute to the conversation.
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      Ralph Williams
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really am surprised that Israel is still showing support to the US even with Obama trying to split up their country.
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          Ralph Williams
          • 3 Years Ago
          Well first off, I'm not a right wing nut, and It's just plain fact that he is trying to split up their country. I'm not going to tell you that Obama "hates Israel" because his actions will really show what he thinks of them.
          Mike K
          • 3 Years Ago
          You have no clue what you're talking about, do you? Typical liberal nutjob, blame fox because someone has a differing viewpoint then you. NEWS FLASH, Obama had no business making such a douchebag statement like changing their borders. Obama is a known Islam/Muslim sympathizer and shouldn't be running his trap.
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          Ralph Williams
          • 3 Years Ago
          Nick, I once had the chance to sit down and talk to a very famous reporter, one from the objective journalism age, and he gave me some advice when it comes to getting news. He told me to never get my news from just one source, which is why I don't just listen to Fox or CNN, but all major news outlets, and even some obscure news sites. So for you to disregard truth, because it is reported most on only a few major news outlets, is immature, and ignorant of you.
          Tone
          • 3 Years Ago
          Nick, see what happens when you shoot a flaming arrow into a hornets' nest? As a moderate (blasphemy to not pick a side, no?), it's just as bad to attack the "right wing nuts" as it is for them to disect every little thing the Pres. does (positive or negative) in an effort to lower his approval rating 2 points.
        th0mb0ne
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ralph Williams
        It's probably showing the US support because it knows that without the U.S. it wouldn't be the country it is (or even around). We've sent over 100 billion dollars in aid since it's founding....buying American products in response should be an automatic.
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