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Monday, October 27, 2014

Why the White House hates Boogie

As many of you may have heard, Defense Minister Moshe (Boogie) Yaalon was denied meetings with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice in Washington last week.
U.S. officials said the Obama administration had rejected requests by Ya'alon for meetings with Vice President Joe Biden, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Secretary of State John Kerry during Ya'alon's five-day trip to the U.S. last week.
While in the U.S., Ya'alon did meet with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power. The Obama administration had sought to stop Ya'alon from meeting Power, but the objections were made too late to cancel the meeting, according to U.S. officials.
The Obama administration is miffed with Ya'alon over negative comments he has made about Kerry's efforts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal and the nuclear negotiations being held between world powers and Iran.
But it's not that the administration is miffed with Yaalon's comments about Kerry. It's something far deeper than that. Yaalon is a straight shooter
Secretary Kerry recently said the lack of resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian issue is leading to street anger and recruitment for the Islamic State. What is your response?
Unfortunately, we find the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is dominated by too many misconceptions. We don’t find any linkage between the uprising in Tunisia, the revolution in Egypt, the sectarian conflict in Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Mainly, these come from the Sunni-Shia conflict, without any connection to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The core of the conflict is their reluctance to recognize our right to exist as a nation state of the Jewish people — whether it is [Palestinian Authority President] Abu Mazen or his predecessor [Yasser] Arafat. There are many who believe that just having some territorial concessions will conclude it. But I don’t think this is right.
Will territorial concessions bring peace?
No, they would be another stage of the Palestinian conflict, as we experienced in the Gaza Strip. We disengaged from the Gaza Strip to address their territorial grievances. They went on attacking us. The conflict is about the existence of the Jewish state and not about the creation of the Palestinian one. Any territory that was delivered to them after Oslo became a safe haven for terrorists.
Bearing that in mind, to conclude that after the [recent] military operation in Gaza this is a time for another withdrawal from Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] is irrational. If we withdraw now from Judea and Samaria, we might face another Hamastan.
Do you believe in a two-state solution?
You can call it the new Palestinian empire. We don’t want to govern them, but it is not going to be a regular state for many reasons.
What does that mean — the Palestinian empire?
Autonomy. It is going to be demilitarized.
In Gaza and the West Bank?
It is up to them. According to the agreement, they should be demilitarized. It is up to Abu Mazen if he is able or if he wants to demilitarize Gaza. Otherwise, we are not going to talk about any final settlement.
Is Abu Mazen the best Palestinian leader you’re going to get?
I don’t know, but he is not a partner for the two-state solution. He doesn’t recognize the existence of the Jewish state.
He says he is against violence.
Fine. But this is a tactical consideration. He believes he might get more by what he calls “political resistance” — going to the United Nations or to international bodies to delegitimize us. He prefers it to violence because in his experience, terror doesn’t pay off.
Is that why you said Secretary Kerry should just get a Nobel Prize and go home? Do you think the West just doesn’t get it?
I spoke about misconceptions. It is a misunderstanding, without naming anyone. It might be naivete or wishful thinking — ‘We the Westerners know what is good for the Arabs.’ To believe that you can have democratization with elections . . . it is collapsing in front of us. And part of it is ignorance, yes.
 Anyone want to count how many sacred cows Yaalon just slaughtered?

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

Ahh, Boogy! He is just great, and that is why Skerry Kerry and his minions do not like Boogy! Would that we, in Obama's USA, could have someone like him.We would have to wait until Obumbler and company are outof the White House. It just cannot happen too soon!

At 10:33 PM, Blogger FrenchKiss said...

The petulance and pettiness of the Obama administration (which is FULL of leftists) has no bounds. They are all children, starting with the top child, Obama, and his Minister of Justice Eric "My Pepole" Holder.

At 1:47 AM, Blogger mrzee said...

I couldn't be bothered counting "how many sacred cows Yaalon just slaughtered" but how many things did he say that were wrong? Nothing that I could see.


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