“The problem right now is we can’t get them to the damn table”
US urges Israel to end ‘isolation in Middle East’
2 December 2011
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has urged Israel to “mend fences” with Turkey, Egypt and others in the Middle East to reduce its growing isolation.
In a speech in Washington, he said Israel was not entirely to blame, referring to an “international campaign” to isolate it.
Mr Panetta called on Israel to restart peace talks with the Palestinians.
He added that the US remained committed to Israel’s security and would not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons.
“Unfortunately, over the past year, we’ve seen Israel’s isolation from its traditional security partners in the region grow, and the pursuit of a comprehensive Middle East peace plan has effectively been put on hold,” he said.
Israel’s concern over the Arab Spring revolts that have toppled several long-term authoritarian leaders in the region, including in peace partner Egypt, was understandable, he added.
But the changes in leadership offered an opportunity for Israel to improve regional security.
“For example, Israel can reach out and mend fences with those who share an interest in regional security, countries like Turkey and Egypt, as well as Jordan,” he said…
The article, with video, continues at BBC News.
Afghan gunmen poured acid on faces of three sisters and their parents… because eldest ‘didn’t want to marry ageing warlord’ [click on the images to enlarge]:
Wounded: The three sisters are pictured here with Mumtaz, 18, who is most seriously injured, on the left
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OK. Most of those headlines are just from the past 48 hours. Can you embrace the point Panetta and the Obama administration is trying to make in that sickening, condescending speech?
We cannot. And we cannot accept Panetta’s bullying, righteous tone!
Update: Dear Leon Panetta……
The U.S. ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, recently told a conference hosted by the European Jewish Union that Israel is to blame for growing anti-Semitism harbored by people of Muslim faith.
“A distinction should be made between traditional anti-Semitism, which should be condemned and Muslim hatred for Jews, which stems from the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians”…
Read the whole unbelievable thing.