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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ashkenazi gets cold shoulder in Washington

IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi returned early from a trip to Washington on Tuesday morning, ostensibly to be at the cabinet meeting at which a deal for the release of kidnapped IDF corporal Gilad Shalit was to be discussed. But the word on Monday night was that Ashkenazi would only return if there was a deal and on Monday night it was already clear that there was no deal. Ashkenazi returned anyway. The reason he apparently returned was that no one in a policy-making position in Washington would meet with him. The Obama administration is uninterested in hearing Israel's positions on Iran (Hat Tip: Eliyahu P.).
Diplomatic sources said Ashkenazi failed to obtain access to any Cabinet member, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The Israeli military chief, who sought to discuss the Iranian nuclear threat, won't even meet his counterpart, Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"The administration is sending a very clear message to Israel, and this is we want to talk about Palestine and not Iran," a diplomat who has been following U.S.-Israel relations said.

On March 12, Ashkenazi left for a five-day visit to the United States meant to lobby the Obama administration to abandon the planned U.S. dialogue with Iran. Ashkenazi, scheduled to meet with the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, was expected to have brought new Israeli intelligence on Iran's nuclear weapons and missile programs.

But the diplomatic sources said the administration made it clear that nobody in a policy-making position was available to sit with Ashkenazi. This included the president, Vice President Joseph Biden, Gates, National Intelligence director Dennis Blair or Mullen.

Ashkenazi has obtained a meeting with National Security Advisor James Jones. But the sources said the meeting would focus on U.S. demands for Israel to ease military restrictions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

"The Obama administration believes that Israel is as much or more of a problem as it is an ally, at least until Israel's disagreements with its neighbors are resolved," former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, said.


The diplomatic sources said the White House and the senior echelon of the Obama administration have refused a dialogue with Israel on the Iranian threat. They said Ms. Clinton, during her visit to Israel, was largely silent during briefings by Israeli intelligence on Iran's nuclear and missile programs.


The sources said Israel has sought a U.S. commitment to limit its dialogue with Iran. Israel has also urged Obama to make it clear that the military option against Iran's nuclear program exists.

But Obama and his top aides appear uninterested in hearing Israel's position. The sources said a key aim of Ashkenazi was to urge the administration to release weapons and systems long sought by Israel in the area of aerial refueling, air-to-ground weapons, sensors as well as the F-22 fighter-jet.

In 2008, under the Bush administration, Gates and then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice blocked U.S. requests for these military systems. The sources said Gates and Ms. Rice concluded that Israel could use this equipment for an air strike on Iran's nuclear weapons facilities.

"Ashkenazi sees this U.S. refusal as what has been undermining Israeli deterrence toward Iran and boosting the confidence of the Teheran regime," the source said. "The mullahs in regime have concluded that America has dropped the military option and won't allow such an option to Israel."
Thanks to all the moronic liberal Jews who helped elect this President. I hope you all rot in hell.

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At 10:32 PM, Blogger christine said...

i hope noone is surprised at this.............we try hard to warn people about obama...but noone listened.now we all must face the facts obama dosen't like americans anymore then he does jewish people.it's along 4 years..................

At 10:50 PM, Blogger Lois Koenig said...

'"The Obama administration believes that Israel is as much or more of a problem as it is an ally, at least until Israel's disagreements with its neighbors are resolved," former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, said.'

Carl, this is it, in a nutshell. the current 'administration' is not fit to lick Ashkenazi's boots.

And the fact that such a large number of Jewish voters blindly voted for the Manchurian candidate is a shanda...he is an Alinsky socialist/Communist, just like Shrillary, and seeing anti-The One articles in lefty papers here is of little consolation...too late.

There was so much info re his affiliations with the likes of Wright, etc., that it should have stopped him cold. Why the Demonrats allowed his nomination is a puzzle to me still.

At 3:44 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Let's also blame Israel's government for canceling production of a next generation Israeli made fighter plane that could have dealt with the Iran threat without needing to beg the Americans for upgraded equipment. The penny pinchers in Jerusalem must feel real proud of themselves now.

At 5:55 AM, Blogger Ivan said...

When push comes to shove, the Israelis have to rely only on themselves. Any assuarance from the current administration is worth less than two cents. Decent people instinctively support Israel, George Bush was such a person. Obama and his cohorts are not. It is as simple as that. "Realist" advice would have turned Israel to the wolves a long time ago. The Americans can't do realism well because they are at heart a humane people. Obama will however be doing his usual sashaying to undermine that. That he's a morally benighted man is easy to tell, only such a person could have supported the killing of a viable baby after a botched abortion, as our famous Harvard lawyer did some years ago in Illinois Senate.

At 7:35 AM, Blogger R-MEW Editors said...

You know, as much as I despise Obama and recognize his nefarious agenda with respect to Israel and the Palestinians, it's really incredible to see those like NY Nana and Ivan remain completely oblivious to the irreparable damage done to Israel by the previous president and the clear linkage between his incompetence on other matters and the election of "The One" in 2008.

Let's begin with the damage done to Israel. Bush:

1) was the first president to formally call for a sovereign Palestinian state;

2) submitted the "Roadmap" to the UNSC despite and omitting Israel's 14 key objections;

3) insisted (against Israeli advice) there be "democratic" elections in the territories which brought Hamas to power;

4) embraced the "moderate" Holocaust denier Mahmoud Abbas as a "man of peace";

5) refused Israel bunker-buster bombs and permission to flyover Iraqi airspace for their expected raid on Iranian nuclear sites;

6) remained for 8 years, the most obsequious president we have ever had with respect to the Saudis, flying them safely out of the country on 9/11, approving 10,000 student visas, shielding their madrassas and propaganda arm (CAIR) from FBI investigations, pushing for and achieving their entry into the WTO despite their illegal boycott of Israel, agreeing the sale of $30 billion in advanced weapons systems; offering them a nuclear reactor; and providing them with US taxpayer money as a reward for their efforts against terrorism(sic).

Not to mention Bush's complete failure to provide even a hint of leadership in moving the US away from dependence on Arab oil and the associated transfer of over $500 billion a year to the sheiks.

The link between Bush's misguided decision to wage and abject mismanagement of the Iraq war and the economy and the consequent wrath of 52% of voters which led to Obama's election and the pickle in which Israel now finds itself, goes without saying.

At 9:06 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Agreed, FinanceDoc. The difference between Bush and Obama towards Israel is basically one of tone rather than policy. They both want Israel to do that which she cannot do. A Palestinian reichlet would spell the end of the Jewish State. I believe Bibi understands this and sees the Palestinians for who they are and what he offers is the most Israel can realistically concede and still survive. Of course, the Palestinians reject it because they never wanted autonomy much less than statehood. They want to see Israel become extinct. The sooner Israelis come to terms with the other side's inveterate extremism and rejection of the Jewish State and peace in the region, the better off they will be.


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