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Soflasnapper
09-14-2011, 12:05 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">[...] [F]ormer Mossad director Efraim Halevy told a gathering of the Israel Policy Forum in New York last night that the incident was "a seminal event, not only in the history of the Middle East but also in the history of the relations between Israel and Egypt, and between Israel and the United States of America."

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"And I believe it is our duty as Israelis, as citizens of the free world, to say, not simply thank you President Obama, but also we respect you for the way and the manner in which you took this decision."</div></div>

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> The Cairo incident, cont'd

There's a bit of irony in the fact that on the best week for U.S.-Israel relations in two years, there's an intense focus on Obama's continuing problems with pro-Israel voters.

But the U.S. role in preventing a tragedy in Cairo continues to resonate for Israelis, and former Mossad director Efraim Halevy told a gathering of the Israel Policy Forum in New York last night that the incident was "a seminal event, not only in the history of the Middle East but also in the history of the relations between Israel and Egypt, and between Israel and the United States of America."

He continued:

During that night, as you know, our embassy was surrounded and was on the verge of being stormed. And the Prime Minister went to the special command center in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and from there he actually ran and commanded this operation of trying to extricate our staff from the embassy. And, at the end, there were six people left, six people of the security detail of the embassy. They were there inside the last room, which had been the ultimate room in the embassy. And, they had one steel door, which was between them and the mob.

And the Prime Minister took many very, very important decisions that night. Successful decisions, very responsible decisions. And for that he has been lauded, and rightly so I think by the public in Israel and by the population at large for his cool and his measured way of handling this crisis.

But one of the decisions he had to take in the end, he wanted to take, was to find ways of extricating his people, our people, out of that embassy. And he turned to one man, to the President of the United States, and he spoke to him. And the President of the United States, without having much time to consult with Congress, and with the media, and with the analysts and with all of the other people who have to be consulted on major and grave decisions. He took a decision to take up the telephone and get on the line with the powers that be in Egypt, and get them to order the release of these six people, and the detail of the Egyptian commando forces entered and saved them.

I think that this decision by President Obama was a unique decision in many ways. Because I don’t have to tell you, and this was just said time and time and over again this afternoon/this evening, that the United States is not in a position the way it was many years ago in the Middle East, it has its problems, it has its considerations, and rightly so. But I believe the leadership that the President of the United States showed on that night was a leadership of historic dimensions. It was he who took the ultimate decision that night which prevented what could have been a sad outcome—instead of six men coming home, the arrival in Israel of six body bags.

And I want to say to you very openly and very clearly that had there been six body bags, there would have been a much different Israel today than we have been used to seeing over recent years. This would not have been one more incident, one more operation, one event. And the man who brought this about was one man, and that was President Barack Hussein Obama.

<span style='font-size: 14pt'> And I believe it is our duty as Israelis, as citizens of the free world, to say, not simply thank you President Obama, but also we respect you for the way and the manner in which you took this decision.</span>

Part of what's happening here is the U.S. shifting toward the Israelis' skeptical view of the Arab Spring.</div></div>

Article here. (http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0911/The_Cairo_incident_contd.html#comments)

nAz
09-14-2011, 04:07 PM
hmm. POTUS Obama did the right thing for sure but I don't think it will matter much to anyone since he hasn't kissed Israel's arse these past two years.

I wonder how the Palestinian state hood issue will play out here in the US,how it will effect the 2012 elections.

Soflasnapper
09-14-2011, 04:53 PM
Good question as to Paley's statehood bid, which as you may know is roughly only a week away.

The trope on the right is 'how could any Jew vote for this guy who wants to destroy them?,' probably because he is himself a Moslem.

Soflasnapper
09-15-2011, 12:51 PM
NY 9th didn't get this message I guess.

Gayle in MD
09-15-2011, 01:52 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: nAz</div><div class="ubbcode-body">
hmm. POTUS Obama did the right thing for sure but I don't think it will matter much to anyone since he hasn't kissed Israel's arse these past two years.

I wonder how the Palestinian state hood issue will play out here in the US,how it will effect the 2012 elections.




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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">hmm. POTUS Obama did the right thing for sure but I don't think it will matter much to anyone since he hasn't kissed Israel's arse these past two years.

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/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif Exactly, and so he must be anti-semitic, /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/crazy.gif LOL! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

This is the same sort of absurd accusatory BS, that some continue to use, regardless of what the Israeli's do.

IMO, it's wrong to give anyone a bye, for anything and everything, just because of things that happened to them decades ago.

If they won't compromise and be a plus in the peace negotiations, as the U.S. have often requested of them in the past, then they can do without our money in the future!

Fair is fair.

I'm tired of them flipping us the bird, everytime we expect anything from them to help promote peace in their region, in spite of all of our support over the decades.

G.