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US Envoy Admits Timing ‘Not Ideal’ in Criticism of Israel

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Timing is everything – as diplomats are supposed to know. U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro admitted Monday in an interview on Galei Tzahal Army Radio that his timing was off last week when he criticized Israeli policy.

Shapiro’s diplomatic assault came on the same day two young Israeli mothers were stabbed – one murdered – in attacks by teenage Arab terrorists from the Palestinian Authority.

The envoy from Washington told the Institute for National Security Studies that day the Israeli government has two legal standards – one for Israeli citizens and the other for PA Arabs.

“I understand my timing was not ideal,” Shapiro told Army Radio on Monday (Jan. 25).

He made the statements on the day Daphna Meir, a 39-year-old mother of six, was laid to rest after being stabbed to death in her own home by a 16-year-old Arab from a nearby village. Three of her children arrived just in time to see the terrorist trying unsuccessfully to pull his bloodied knife out of their mother’s body. Her oldest daughter’s screams drove him to flee.

“I began with condemnations of the terror attacks in Otniel and Tekoa. There were only one or two controversial sentences, and if it hurt the Meir family or those mourning [Daphna], or course I regret that.”

That same day, a 30-year-old pregnant woman was stabbed in the shoulder and the lung by in the eastern Gush Etzion community of Tekoa. Michal Froman is the daughter-in-law of the late rabbi of the town, who was known for his emphasis on need for coexistence with their Arab neighbors. She, too, supports that view and is unwilling to blame her teenage Arab attacker, having told media he appeared “confused… lost.” Froman told media from her bed in the hospital that she and her husband will continue her father-in-law’s work.

As for his charge that Israel holds a legal double standard, Shapiro maintained he praised the government for its arrests and convictions in the Duma case.

Israel carried out a mammoth sweep of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, arresting dozens of hilltop youth and holding them under administrative detention. Several later charged they were tortured by Shin Bet operatives in order to extract “confessions.”

Months later, one adult and a minor were allegedly indicted in connection with the case but most of the details still remain under a strict gag order.

“We encourage Israel to continue all investigations of different violent incidents, because it’s very important to show commitment to the rule of law,” he said.

Shapiro admitted that the prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority – at least in the form of the much-vaunted “two-state solution” are fast fading.

He did not mention the fact that since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu entered office in 2009, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas spent a grand total of six hours in direct talks with Israel’s leader – despite his rants about wanting to work out their differences.

“We are in a period when there may not be negotiations in the near future,” he said, “so we are trying to find steps on both sides to advance peace and security for Israel and Palestinians alike, and to preserve the possibility of two states.”

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu and Obama Meet: Kindred Nations, Cold Friends

Monday, November 9th, 2015

On Monday morning, Nov. 9, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. It was the first meet-up between the two leaders in a year filled with monumental events and mounting catastrophes in the Middle East and around the world.

The two were joined by several top level aides. Obama had Vice President Joe Biden and his national security adviser, Susan Rice, while Netanyahu had his Ambassador to the U.S. and longtime confidante Ron Dermer. The U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, was also in the room.

The meeting was well-scripted: the topics included the main source of contention between these two cold friends, the Nuclear Iran Deal, which Obama sees as a cornerstone of his presidency and Netanyahu sees as an existential threat to his nation.

Other topics included Israel’s request for a long-term and greatly increased military aid package. The U.S. has repeatedly dangled such a package in front of Israel as a consolation prize for freezing out the Jewish state from its negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and then concluding a deal which was fervently opposed by Israelis across the political spectrum.

The two leaders also discussed the spreading assault on security across the Middle East, with the Syrian Civil War now in its fourth bloody year. That war has led to massive human displacement and structural collapse, the deaths of hundreds of thousands, and the exodus of as many as can flee the region, bringing unskilled workers, rampant disease and a brutalized and frequently brutal wave of humanity onto the shores of Europe.

In addition, the growth of the barbarous ISIS and its slow but inexorable spread across the region, and in particular its encroachment into countries which border Israel had to inform the discussion of terrorism in the region, as well.

Before the meeting, Obama said: “It’s no secret that the security environment in the Middle East has deteriorated in many areas, and as I’ve said repeatedly, the security of Israel is one of my top foreign policy priorities. And that’s expressed itself not only in words, but in deeds.”

The recent upswing in terrorist attacks against Israelis by Palestinian Arab citizen-terrorists was a focus of the talk, with the Israeli Prime Minister assuring the U.S. President that he was committed to peace between his people and his Palestinian Arab citizens and neighbors.

The U.S. President said he and his administration “condemn in the strongest terms Palestinian violence against innocent Israeli citizens.” Obama added,”It is my strong belief that Israel has not just the right, but the obligation to protect itself.”

For his part, Netanyahu thanked the President for his continued strong support for Israel’s security.

The Israeli President also assured Obama that despite the carnage, he still wishes to see “two states for two peoples, a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes a Jewish state.”

And there’s the rub. There is no way the Palestinian Arab leadership will or can ever accept a state that is demilitarized. And there is no way the Jewish State can accept yet another Arab neighboring state that refuses to recognize its legitimacy as a Jewish State, and/or one that is armed and will, in addition to its own genocidal wishes for Israel, will certainly be used as a proxy by Israel’s powerful enemies such as Iran.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Obama Recognizes ‘New Reality’: No Two State Solution During His Term

Friday, November 6th, 2015

During a press briefing senior administrative officials from the White House held with members of the media late on Thursday afternoon, U.S. time, it was revealed that there will be no negotiated two state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Arab people.

The three senior administrative officials on the call were Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes, NSC coordinator for the Middle East Rob Malley, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro.

The reason the briefing was held was to prepare for the meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama, which will take place Monday morning, Nov. 9.

The administration officials revealed the various topics they expected the two heads of state would discuss, including the recently concluded Nuclear Iran Deal, the situation in Syria and the recent deployment there by foreign nationals including Iran and Russia, and Israeli relations with its Palestinian Arab neighbors in Gaza and Judea and Samaria.

But the big news was what the administration officials referred to as the “New Reality” between Israel and the PA, the increased tensions and violence, which makes clear that there will be no final status negotiations between the parties any time during the remainder of the Obama administration.

Of course the administration officials continued to insist that the Two State Solution is the only viable option open to the parties. They made clear that “settlement building complicates the achievement of a viable Palestinian State,” and that the U.S. government continues to view such activity as not constructive.

Administration officials made clear that acting Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has been chided for continuing to engage in incitement to violence, and that Prime Minister Netanyahu is expected to engage in confidence building measures to leave open the promise of a Palestinian State.

Several reporters asked for details about the anticipated Memorandum of Understanding regarding military aid from the U.S. to Israel. Expectations were dampened when the officials stated the discussion Monday morning would just be the beginning and not the end of that negotiation.

The U.S. officials also rebuffed several questions about a recent hire by the Israeli government who had posted unsavory comments about U.S. officials. They suggested it was a decision for the Israeli government and the U.S. president would not be reduced to questioning personnel decisions by other nations.

The strongest recurring theme from the officials was that Iran remains a dangerous player in the region and that is why it was essential that the Nuclear Iran Deal be concluded, so that such a dangerous player would not have nuclear weapons at its disposal.

But the big news was: No Two State push for the remainder of President Obama’s term.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

E-Mails Show Clinton without a Clue on How to Relate to Israel

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s e-mails expose what President Barack Obama has tried to hide – a  person with absolutely no values or principles except to be politically correct.

The U.S. State Dept. on Friday released more of her hidden e-mails, and they show her as being uncertain and without a clue on relations with Israel.

She desperately sought advice in 2009 when she received advanced notice that the U.N.-sanctioned Goldstone Report thoroughly condemned Israel for alleged war crimes in Operation Cast Lead against Hamas missile attacks on Israel in late 2008 and early 2009. The voluminous report  was based on information that its author Richard  Goldstone later found out to be biased and led him to retract most of his criticism.

His original conclusions were devastating, and Clinton’s e-mails reveal she did not know what to think, according to the correspondence published by Vice News.

Clinton wrote her adviser Jack Sullivan:

What’s the guidance on what I should say? Mitchell just reported to me how strongly the Israelis feel that the POTUS and I speak out forcefully about it now.

And they said if there’s a vote in the UNGA that’s the end of the peace process. What do you know?

Mitchell at my request is calling [then-White House Chief of Staff] Rahm [Emanuel] and [US Ambassador to Israel] Dan Shapiro to report and be sure POTUS knows before he tapes shows today.

Clinton also showed no confidence about how to deal with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on the issue of building for Jews in “settlements” in Judea and Samaria.

Sandy Berger, who was her adviser as well her husband’s when he was president, e-mailed her:

The objective is to try shift [sic] the fulcrum of our current relationships with Bibi from settlements – where he thinks he has the upper hand – to ground where there is greater understanding in Israel of the American position and where we can make him uneasy about incurring our displeasure

Two weeks after e-mailing Sullivan on the Goldstone Report, Clinton e-mailed Berger, apparently referring to Netanyahu’s’ agreement to freeze construction:

Let me know how you think today played.

She did not ask for information. She did not ask for the meaning of the Goldstone Report or the freeze.  All she was worried about was how to react and how to play the game.

President Barack Obama does the same, but Clinton has been caught.

Clinton is campaigning as the greatest friend of Israel since God, Whom she has not yet e-mailed for advice.


Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Show Me Some of That Love!

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) greets U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter before their meeting at the prime minister office in Jerusalem on July 21, 2015.

Carter is into big hugs.

US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Boogie Yaalon (R) hugs with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter before departing at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on July 21, 2015

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Boogie Yaalon (R) hugs with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter before departing at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on July 21, 2015

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US Ambassador to Israel Says ‘Don’t Engage in Provocations’

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro strongly condemned the Hamas terror attack in Jerusalem in an interview Wednesday at the Ynet studio — but he balanced the condemnation with a call for Israel to show restraint, as well as the rioting and murdering terrorists.

“I want to strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem in which one person was murdered and several others were wounded,” the ambassador said. “I offer condolences on my own behalf, on behalf of the government to the family of the man who was killed, and my wishes for recovery for the wounded.”

A ranking Border Patrol officer, Chief Inspector Jadan Assad, of the Druze village of Beit J’an in northern Israel, fell in the line of duty while protecting other Israelis today. He leaves a pregnant wife and a three-year-old child. Three other Border Patrol police officers were wounded in the attack, along with 10 other people.

“It’s a very tense time in Jerusalem, especially around the holy sites,” Shapiro noted.

“We think this is a time when we’re calling on everyone to act with restraint, to lower the tensions, not to engage in provocations, either word or deed, and to make very clear that violence is never acceptable.

“That’s the leadership that’s needed right now to prevent a further deterioration of the situation in Jerusalem, and we’re working with all sides to try to achieve that,” Shapiro added.

He added that he did not see any major change or significant difference emerging from Tuesday’s national elections in the U.S. vis a vis the country’s policy towards Israel.

Although most of the interview was conducted in English, the last few remarks were expressed in Hebrew.

“Both President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry still believe that the main interest of Israel, the Palestinians and the U.S. is to reach a situation of two states for two peoples,” he said in Hebrew.

“Obviously there is disappointment due to the failed negotiations, but new efforts will be made; I don’t know when or how.”

Hana Levi Julian

Kerry to Return Soon with ‘Framework,’ Says US Ambassador Shapiro

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry may return to Israel within a month with his “framework” agreement to push Israel and the Palestinian Authority off their respective cliffs, U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro said Tuesday.

“I hope he will return in another month so Washington can present both sides a proposal for a framework agreement,” Shapiro told Israeli radio.

If anyone thinks that Kerry failed in his visit last week because he didn’t unpack his “framework,” guess again. The Secretary of State left Israel for Jordan and Saudi Arabia before returning to the United States because he knows who is calling the shots in the Middle East.

It is not Mahmoud Abbas, who will do whatever the Arab League tells him to do, and it is not Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who so far has not defended a single red line on anything except to keep illegal African infiltrators from taking over the country.

Kerry knows he has no chance of convincing Abbas to retreat one inch and of convincing Netanyahu that the United States knows what is best for Israel.

When Kerry and President Obama say Israel’s security is their number one concern, it is true – but only through the lens of their dreamy-eyed telescope that sees Israel as better off with another enemy Arab state.

The “framework” will include all of the core issues and will be presented to the Israeli public and the Palestinian Authority so everyone can understand its character and intent for a final agreement, according to Shapiro.

In a not so subtle threat to Israel, he said, “I think Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu realizes that failure in the talks will make thinks a lot more difficult for the Israeli army.” That is the follow-up to Kerry’s open incitement on his previous visit when he rhetorically asked if Israel wants a new intifada by refusing to hand over more than half of Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley to the Palestinian Authority and expel tens of thousands of Jews from their homes.

The more Arab violence spreads throughout Israel, the more ammunition Kerry and foreign media have to convince the world – and more importantly the Israeli public – that Israel better raise its hands and agree to die slowly instead of putting up a fight and die immediately.

Kerry and Obama have said they will not force either side into an agreement. But that is exactly what they are doing, in the most Machiavellian way, and all of this is ostensibly for the sake of Israel’s security, which in Obama’s mind is conditioned on the United States deciding who is on first in the Middle East, just like it decided in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Egypt.

Sure, things did not work out well, but everything will turn out just right as soon as Israel signs a deal with Abbas.

The “framework” is going to be phrased in a way that if either side balks, it will lose the blame game. Prime Minister Netanyahu already has maneuvered Israel into a tight corner, surrounded by Kerry’s incitement, escalating Arab terror, the European Union and the specter of a boycott if it does not keel over.

But Kerry is not forcing Israel to do anything.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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