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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Yaalon apologizes to Kerry

During the night, Defense Minister Moshe "Boogie" Yaalon apologized to US Secretary of State John FN Kerry for calling him an obsessive messianic. This is from the first link.

In case you have trouble understanding what that means, Aaron Lerner explains:
Let's put this way: Minister Yaalon had no intention to offend Mr. Kerry by saying that he is out of touch with reality and that he hopes Mr. Kerry gets a Nobel Peace Prize ASAP in the hopes that this will cool him down - and if this offends Mr. Kerry Yaalon apologizes.
Meanwhile, Yisrael Medad wonders why Kerry was so offended in the first place.
Have we forgotten this?
The open mike I-wish-I-hadn't-said-that moment when French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a "liar" and Barack Obama didn't disagree is a tale as old as the hills for American presidents and secretaries of state.
For decades, American presidents and diplomats have been locked in uneasy relationships with Israeli prime ministers from the Likud Party. One example: "Who's the f---- superpower here," a frustrated Bill Clinton exploded to his aides after his first meeting with Netanyahu in 1996.
It's a good thing for Obama that the open mike caught Sarkozy with the ad hominem attack on Netanyahu rather than the president.
"I can't stand him. He's a liar," Sarkozy said. Obama was heard to say, "You're tired of him -- what about me? I have to deal with him every day," according to a French website.
You don't really think sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander in relations with the United States, do you?

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At 11:02 PM, Blogger Mervyn Doobov said...

Here is how to apologize to politicians:


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