UPDATES 10 am Israel time, Tuesday, November 26 2013:
In a virtually unreported piece of news yesterday, there are wide discrepancies between “the English version” of the agreement reached in Geneva with Iran, and “the Farsi version” being circulated in Iran by the Iranian Foreign Ministry which made and signed the agreement. Specifically, the Farsi version makes no mention of freezing anything, includes no references to schedules and commitments, and does not include any Iranian pledge not to install new “next-generation” centrifuges.
According the English version of the agreement, the Iranians promised to submit detailed descriptions of Iranian nuclear sites and activities to the IAEA within 90 days; according to the Farsi version there is no time limit.
**In a pathetic sop to Israel yesterday, a preening President Obama–after having excluded Israel from months of negotiations with the Iranians–offered PM Netanyahu the opportunity to have “input” into the possible “permanent agreement” with Iran by sending a team of Israeli advisers to Washington. And PM Netanyahu, back in his pathetic role as Obama’s lapdog, unsurprisingly agreed.
**The depths of Obama’s duplicity were the subject of many different reports in the Israeli media yesterday. What appears to be the case is that the ultra-secret American negotiations with the Iranians were discovered by Israeli intelligence sources back in June when Obama’s Iranian-born top advisor Valerie Jarrett began having surreptitious meetings with Iranian officials in Oman, but it was not until September that Obama let Netanyahu know the outlines of what was going on.
**How about Tzipi Livni’s unbelievably cretinous comments yesterday concerning the connection between Israeli-Palestinian “negotiations” and the Iranian nuclear “deal’? Here’s what Livni babbled: “Continuing serious peace talks can allow the Arab world to put its conflict with Israel aside to cooperate on Iran. Solving the conflict with the Palestinians would enable a united front with Arab countries against Iran.”
Earth to Livni: when was the last time you heard any Arab government focus on “its conflict with Israel”? Egypt is focused on Egypt and is attacking Palestinian Hamas in Gaza; Syria is focused on Syria and is attacking Palestinian villages in Syria; Lebanon is focused on Syria and is now going after Palestinian militias in southern Lebanon; and the Gulf countries are all focused on Syria and Iran. Nobody cares a whit about the Palestinians, Tzipi–except for you (and, of course, your buddies John Kerry and Barack Obama).
**In what can only be described as a moment of pure poetic justice, Daniel Seidemann, the radical Israeli left-wing “activist” who founded the virulently anti-Israel NGO Ir Amin revealed that he was wounded on Saturday as he drove his car through Palestinian settlement of Sur Baher.
Stuck in a traffic jam in the center of the settlement, Seidemann was struck in the head by a “rock” thrown by a Palestinian that crashed through the driver side window. Fortunately for Seidemann (and thankfully), he retained consciousness and was able to drive himself to medical treatment at a nearby MADA station where the gash in his head was stitched up.
Israel could learn a few things from Egypt.
To begin with, the time has come for Israel, like Egypt, to become less fixated on Washington, D.C. Hopefully even in these difficult times, the United States will remain Israel’s strongest ally (though our Canadian friends north of the border could rightfully make that claim–not to mention our friends in the south Pacific), not because of the person in the White House, but because of our unbelievable friends in the U.S. Congress and throughout the United States.
Nevertheless, as FM Avigdor Lieberman pointed out the other day, the American star under the guidance of President Obama is fading in the Middle East, and Israel needs to turn its head in other directions.
Think about recent events in Egypt. In the aftermath of Obama’s freezing of American aid to the country, Egypt wasted no time in reaching out to Russia and Saudi Arabia. There is simply no doubt that world and regional powers are shifting. Russia, China, and India are all countries with which Israel is beginning to make important connections, but those attempts should be accelerated.
Second, it’s about time for Israel, like Egypt, to recover its self-dignity, and to proudly act in Israel’s best interest. No more kowtowing to the likes of the European Union and the United Nations, no more trying to placate the Obama Administration at every turn, no more vacillating and trying to be politically correct: Israel needs to retake the moral high ground and name and shame those who seek to delegitimize this country.
Think about what happened in Egypt two days ago. The government of General Al-Sisi declared the Turkish Ambassador persona non grata and kicked him out of the country because of his destabilizing comments in support of the Muslim Brotherhood.
In this context, think about how PM Netanyahu demeaned himself, and more importantly demeaned Israel, by allowing himself to be arm-twisted by Barack Obama into calling Turkish PM Erdogan and expressing regrets for what happened on board the Turkish terrorist ship Mavi Marmara–regrets for Israeli soldiers defending themselves against IHH terrorists trying to kill them.
Finally, the time has come for Israel, like Egypt, to talk less and act more. Whatever happened to the old but true expression: “Walk softly and carry a big stick”? Did you hear the Egyptian government crying to the world about the cutoff of American aid? Did you hear the Egyptian government crying to the world about the terrorists in the Sinai?
The answer is “no”. Instead of crying, the Egyptian government acted and let the chips fall where they may.
Your humble servant is reminded of the old Frank Sinatra song “My Way” at the conclusion of today’s blog–and for all of you wonderful women reading the blog today, please feel free to substitute “woman” for “man”, “herself” for “himself”, and “she” for “he” in the lyrics below:
For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught
To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows and did it my way!