Posts Tagged ‘Bibi Netanyahu’

The real scandal in this “Report: Sarkozy calls Netanyahu ‘liar’” story

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

The headline and lede read,
Report: Sarkozy calls Netanyahu ‘liar’
Microphones accidently [sic] left on after G20 meeting pick up private conversation between US, French presidents. Sarkozy admits he ‘can’t stand’ Israeli premier. Obama: You’re fed up with him? I have to deal with him every day!

Yes, this is bad enough. The real scandal, however, is this: The reporters went along with a request that they abstain from, well, reporting,

The surprising lack of coverage may be explained by a report alleging that journalists present at the event were requested to sign an agreement to keep mum on the embarrassing comments. A Reuters reporter was among the journalists present and can confirm the veracity of the comments.

A member of the media confirmed Monday that “there were discussions between journalists and they agreed not to publish the comments due to the sensitivity of the issue.”

He added that while it was annoying to have to refrain from publishing the information, the journalists are subject to precise rules of conduct.

“Precise rules of conduct”: don’t embarrass some on vital Middle East issues, but make sure to report that Herman Cain asked a woman out to dinner and stuck someone with a bill.

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Text of Netanyahu’s speech to Congress UPDATED with VIDEO

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Politico says that Netanyahu wowed Congress, and they describe the speech as “muscular”.

The Lid summarizes the speech’s salient points on Israel’s right to exist, territorial concession, Palestinian right of return, and the 1967 borders.

UPDATE:
Video,

Full text of the speech below the fold,
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Netanyahu cancels trip to DC

Friday, April 9th, 2010

PM cancels nuclear summit trip
Move comes amid fears Israel would be singled out at DC conference over its own nuclear facilities.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called off his trip to Washington next week to attend a conference on the spread of nuclear weapons, officials in his office said Thursday night, fearing Israel would be singled out over its own nuclear facilities.

Power Line nails it (emphasis added):

Netanyahu reportedly decided not to come to Washington because U.S. sources informed Israel that a group of participating Arab countries led by Turkey and Egypt plan to use the summit to demand that Israel sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and allow its nuclear capabilities to be placed under international inspection. Previously, the Obama administration had assured Netanyahu that it would not let this issue take over the conference, the focus of which is supposed to be on keeping nuclear capabilities out of the hands of terrorists.

But at this point, Netanyahu has no reason to credit any assurances from the Obama administration.

Indeed, Netanyahu has every reason to distrust and disbelieve the Obama administration. Joshuapundit posts a link to an article in Hebrew that Israeli nuclear technicians are being denied visas to the US, and that the US has an unofficial embargo on selling anything to be used at the site:

NRG/Maariv (Hebrew link only, sorry) reported today that the Israeli government was stunned when every nuclear technician at Israel’s Dimona reactor who had submitted visa requests to visit the United States for ongoing university education in Physics, Chemistry and Nuclear Engineering had their visa applications summarily rejected, specifically because of their association with the Dimona reactor.

This is a new policy decision of the Obama administration. Up until now, it was routine for Israeli nuclear scientists and technicians to receive such visas and to study at US universities.

Israeli security officials have confirmed that these technicians are being denied visas solely because of their employment at the Dimona reactor.

Not only are employees at Dimonas taboo, but reportedly the US has an unofficial embargo on selling anything to be used at the site.

Professor Zeev Alfasi, the head of Nuclear Engineering at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev stated that “the United States doesn’t sell anything nuclear-related to the Dimona reactor, and that means absolutely nothing. Radiation detectors, for example have to be purchased now in France because the USA refuses to sell these to Israel.”

In case you’re wondering, Allahpundit points out,

Worth noting: Israel won’t be the only country in attendance [at the DC summit] that hasn’t signed the Nonproliferation Treaty. India and Pakistan haven’t signed either and they’ll both be there, so any attempt to frame Tel Aviv as the sole “rogue” outlier is DOA.

Liberty Pundits asks,

Does Barack Obama really believe that by treating them shabbily, that Muslim nations that hate Israel and America will treat us better?

By now, I actually believe he does.