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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Sweet irony

Israel Television reported on the nightly newscast this evening that Defense Minister Ehud Barak found himself having to defend Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni during his meetings with Egyptian leaders today in Sharm el-Sheikh:
Earlier on Wednesday, Barak met General Omar Suleiman, the chief of Egyptian intelligence, and the Egyptian Defense Minister Hussein Tantawi, amid increased tension between the two countries, which came after the unusual criticism voiced Monday by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who said Egypt was not doing enough to stem the flow of arms smuggled into Gaza.

During discussions at the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Livni described the efforts by the Egyptian security forces on the smuggling as "bad and problematic."

Egyptian officials assailed Livni on Tuesday, telling foreign news agencies that "it would be best for the Israeli foreign minister to concentrate on furthering the negotiations with the Palestinians, and not discuss things she does not understand."
According to Israel Television, Barak defended Livni as a 'positive personality' (ishiyut chiyuvit) who is in favor of 'peace.'

And why do I call this "sweet irony"? Because, as some of you may recall, earlier this week, Livni's foreign ministry prevented videotapes of Egyptian troops helping Hamas to smuggle weapons and ammunition into Gaza from being shown to senior members of the US Congress by the IDF, which is Barak's ministerial responsibility. Maybe Livni should go back to complaining that they're treating her as if she has cooties.


At 3:12 AM, Blogger Lydia McGrew said...

Women in office are sometimes not statesmanlike, shall we say.

OT: Since you don't have a contact form, I thought you might want to blog your thoughts on this, courtesy of Dhimmi Watch:


Hope that comes through. Israeli officials say they won't "discriminate" against Arabs at airports. Great.

At 3:12 AM, Blogger Lydia McGrew said...

Darn, here's the last part of the link:


At 8:12 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


Heard that report yesterday. Overwhelmed with work. Have commented on it in the past.

At 12:15 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

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At 12:19 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

You cannot have peace based on a lie. If Israel's leaders read The Sages they would understand the sham they're perpetrating. But its easier to daydream and sell a fantasy peace than to deal firsthand with the country's real problems.

Those are not going to be solved by treaty-signing ceremonies.


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