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  • July 2, 2010

    Bibi is looking weak all over.

    [Obama is pushing for an extention of the freeze and Abbas is looking for ’67 borders and Netanyahu is showing signs of caving. But more worrying, elements in the US military are turning against Israel]

    Glick: Netanyahu must play for time

    [..]
    What this means is that Netanyahu is well placed to stand up to Obama’s pressure. If he plays his cards wisely, he can say no to Obama and avoid an open confrontation. For instance, instead of agreeing to extend the building prohibition, Netanyahu should say that he is willing to discuss that demand in face-to-face negotiations with Abbas. Rather than agree to Abbas’s preconditions, Netanyahu should say that he is willing to listen to Abbas’s position in face-to-face negotiations. And so on and so forth. Such statements by Netanyahu will take the pressure for making concessions off him and put Obama and Abbas on the spot.

    Even more importantly, it will buy Israel time.


    And buying time should be Israel’s chief goal with respect to Washington today. Since taking office, Obama has repeatedly demonstrated that he will not reconsider his fundamentally hostile view of Israel. Obama’s basic belief that Israel’s strength and size are to blame for all the violence and radicalism in the Arab world is not subject to change, regardless of how clearly and continuously events on the ground prove it wrong.

    EVEN WORSE for Israel, Obama is not alone in this view. Indeed, as a report in Foreign Policy this week makes clear, Obama’s position on Israel is moderate when compared to the positions being staked out in influential policy circles in the US military.

    On Wednesday, Foreign Policy published the content of a memo written last month in the US Military’s Central Command. The memo, a “Red Team” assessment of how the US should position itself vis-à-vis the likes of Hamas and Hizbullah, reveals that among key members of the US policy-making community, Israel is viewed with extreme hostility.

    The leaked memo reportedly reflects the views of a significant number of senior and mid-level officers in Centcom, including large numbers of intelligence officers, as well as a significant number of area analysts stationed in the Middle East. It argues that it is wrong for the US to lump jihadist movements like Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida and Hizbullah in one group.

    Dismissing the significance of the identical religious dogma that stands at the root of these movements, the memo asserts that Hamas and Hizbullah are pragmatic and important social forces with which the US must foster good relations.

    The memo calls for the US to support the integration of Hizbullah forces into the Lebanese military. It also calls for the US to encourage and permit the integration of Hamas forces into the US-trained Palestinian security forces.

    As far as Israel is concerned, the memo blames the Jewish state for the US’s failure to date to adopt these recommended policies. Moreover, the memo’s authors condemn Israel’s maritime blockade of Gaza as keeping “the area on the verge of a perpetual humanitarian collapse.”

    The Centcom memo also condemns Israel’s July 2006 decision to respond to Hizbullah’s unprovoked bombardment of northern Israel and its unprovoked cross-border attack against an IDF patrol in which five soldiers were killed and two were kidnapped and subsequently murdered.

    Denying Hizbullah’s subservient relationship with the Iranian regime, the report claims that Israel’s decision to use force to defend itself against Hizbullah’s acts of war served to strengthen Hizbullah’s ties to Teheran.

    What this memo shows is that Israel has little hope of seeing a change for the better in US policy in the near future and its best bet today is to play for time. Next week at the Oval Office, Netanyahu should capitalize on his advantage four months ahead of the congressional elections and put the burden on Obama and Abbas to show their good intentions.

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  • Posted by Ted Belman @ 5:25 pm | 33 Comments »

    33 Comments to Bibi is looking weak all over.

    1. Joy says:

      Is it news that the American intelligence community is anti-Israel. I’ve always believed that the CIA was anti-Israel. Is this new?

    2. yamit82 says:

      Glick has lost it. We know she is still in BB’s tank but her advice is to stall for time avoiding confrontation? BB can’t avoid confrontation w/out conceding the kitchen sink and he’s already close to that.

      What is to be gained by avoiding the inevitable confrontation that will come like a tsunami after the elections, no matter what the results?

      Israel should tell Hussein to go Fuck himself and take on Obama personally with everything we can throw at him. We have lot of cards and leverage but chickenshit BB and Barak too cowardly to use them.

      Glick did raise a key point BB and Barak are scared out of their gourds of the Israeli leftist media and that’s what they fear most, more than Hussein. They both want power for it’s own sake along with greed and personal megalomania.

      OK, we might have to pay a steep economic price. So I’ll herd goats till it blows over. No big deal.

    3. RandyTexas says:

      Now is the time to have backbone. If BB had the guts, a strong stand would rally support world-wide and divide the sheep and goats. It is what it is anyway, why pretend things are different? Israel has been compromising its position by delaying announcement of what the state can and cannot do. It’s all been a game; for years, it all been a postponement of the inevitable. But the truth is, you lose ground and get weaker by playing. Get real BB—as if he would listen.

    4. yamit82 says:

      Is it news that the American intelligence community is anti-Israel. I’ve always believed that the CIA was anti-Israel. Is this new?

      All of Institutional America is ant-Israel. On the part of the military, it’s a matter of Israel failed to defeat her enemies when given a chance and the time to do it. ergo; we can’t be depended upon and weakness breeds disdain. The American military does not want to have to fight or die to protect Israel and the Jews. We don’t have assets important enough for that and the Arabs do. Many more high military postings in the Arab world than in Israel. Military advancement requires command and we can’t compete with the Arabs. Values? for empty headed politicians to make speeches about then forgotten.

      _____________________________________________________________
      Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, in his famous Bar Ilan University speech last year expressing support for a Palestinian state, made it very clear that Israel would only agree to a demilitarized PA state.

      Four years ago, in August 2006, Shabak chief Yuval Diskin told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that 15 tons of TNT, four million bullets, 15,000 guns, 2,300 pistols, 65 RPG launchers, dozen of anti-tanks missiles, 400 RPGs, and 5-10 Katyushas had been brought into Gaza alone in the year following Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza.

      At the end of last year, Diskin evaluated that Hamas had recouped its losses from Operation Cast Lead, and was “now even stronger than it was then.” A Lebanese commentator went further at about the same time, saying that Hamas was already as strong as Hizbullah was during the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

      Hamas launched 640 Grad and Kassam rockets at Israel during the three weeks of Operation Cast Lead, as well as 224 mortar shells. (IsraelNationalNews.com

      BB is going to get a lot of us killed!!!

      Russia Sends 50 Troop Carriers to PA

      http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/138355

    5. Birdalone says:

      Caroline Glick totally misrepresents what that “Red Team” memo was about. NOT ANY representation of official U.S. policy, but an internal military intelligence (NOT CIA) exercise in challenging conventional wisdom. Where is the equivalent memo from EUCOM? I am usually a Glick fan, but her increasing hysteria last two weeks damages her credibility. She should have dissected George Mitchell’s irrational obsession with final borders as pre-condition for direct talks.
      BTW, ex-CIA Gary Berntsen is probable GOP challenger to New York’s Chuck Schumer.

    6. Joy says:

      Military intelligence.
      Jumbo shrimp.
      Pretty ugly.
      Extremely mediocre.
      Kosher ham.

    7. yamit82 says:

      Military intelligence.
      Oxymoron

      Jumbo shrimp.
      Verne-Troyer

      Pretty ugly.
      Roseanne Barr, Barbra Sands

      Extremely mediocre.
      Bobby Sherman

      Kosher ham.
      Curly Moe and Larry

    8. Joy says:

      Oh, no. Sarah loved Bobby Sherman. That was her first big crush. She had his posters all over our bedroom.

    9. yamit82 says:

      Oh, no. Sarah loved Bobby Sherman. That was her first big crush. She had his posters all over our bedroom.

      I know, just kidding, she called me Sherman and I think she said his father delivered milk to your home.

    10. yamit82 says:

      I know, just kidding, she called me Sherman and I think she said his father delivered milk to your home.

    11. Joy says:

      For years. He was a nice man.

    12. yamit82 says:

      For years. He was a nice man. :)

    13. Laura says:

      The leaked memo reportedly reflects the views of a significant number of senior and mid-level officers in Centcom, including large numbers of intelligence officers, as well as a significant number of area analysts stationed in the Middle East. It argues that it is wrong for the US to lump jihadist movements like Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaida and Hizbullah in one group.

      Dismissing the significance of the identical religious dogma that stands at the root of these movements, the memo asserts that Hamas and Hizbullah are pragmatic and important social forces with which the US must foster good relations. The memo calls for the US to support the integration of Hizbullah forces into the Lebanese military. It also calls for the US to encourage and permit the integration of Hamas forces into the US-trained Palestinian security forces.

      As far as Israel is concerned, the memo blames the Jewish state for the US’s failure to date to adopt these recommended policies. Moreover, the memo’s authors condemn Israel’s maritime blockade of Gaza as keeping “the area on the verge of a perpetual humanitarian collapse.”

      The Centcom memo also condemns Israel’s July 2006 decision to respond to Hizbullah’s unprovoked bombardment of northern Israel and its unprovoked cross-border attack against an IDF patrol in which five soldiers were killed and two were kidnapped and subsequently murdered. Denying Hizbullah’s subservient relationship with the Iranian regime, the report claimed that Israel’s decision to use force to defend itself against Hizbullah’s acts of war served to strengthen Hizbullah’s ties to Teheran.

      How is it that after all this time we’ve been fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Pentagon heirarchy who are supposed to be safeguarding America, are STILL completely ignorant and clueless of the fact that what motivates these various islamic terrorist groups comes from islamic doctrine?

      It is also this very attitude of trying to win the trust of muslims that is endangering our soldiers in Afghanistan and why the war there is failing. The rules of engagement, put in place in order to win the hearts and minds of muslims, instead of win the war, make it impossible to achieve victory and also put our troops in greater peril. It doesn’t seem like we have warriors in the Pentagon any longer, but academics instead.

    14. Birdalone says:

      The leaked memo reportedly reflects the views of a significant number of senior and mid-level officers in Centcom,

      Copied from the source, Mark Perry’s post at http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/06/29/red_team?page=full

      Even so, there’s little question the report reflects the thinking among a significant number of senior officers at CENTCOM headquarters — and among senior CENTCOM intelligence officers and analysts serving in the Middle East. And while any “Red Team” report by definition reflects a view that is contrary to accepted policy,

      Mark Perry’s opinion is ONLY Mark Perry’s opinion that

      there’s little question the report reflects the thinking among a significant number of senior officers at CENTCOM .

      Mark Perry states at the beginning of his post:

      a Red Team exercise is deliberately designed to provide senior commanders with briefings and assumptions that challenge accepted strategies, the report is at once provocative, controversial — and at odds with current U.S. policy.

      Much ado about nothing, except maybe Hezbollah because Nasrallah is already embedded in Lebanon’s government.

      Lebanon and Israel are NOT in CENTCOM AOR. The reason this Red Team memo was leaked has everything to do with trying to understand both Afghan and Pakistan Talibans; the Yemeni Houthis, which CENTCOM is now fighting. not to mention the various Baluchi and Kurdish groups; and then there are the Iran-sponsored Shi’a groups trying to disrupt Azerbaijan and Bahrain…

    15. yamit82 says:

      Milltary intelligence of the United States hasn’t called one right since Lincoln.

      Yet the media and politicians give them credit. Same with Miller, he’s never been right.

      As I said above military intelligence is a contradiction of terms. A true oxymoron

    16. Joy says:

      I’m going to drag Shebrew to synagogue soon, and Judaism may never be the same. First, we must do battle over appropriate wardrobe. That should take a few hours. See you tomorrow.

    17. Shebrew Warrior says:

      I’m willing to compromise on everything except the pasties.

    18. RandyTexas says:

      Speaking of pasties, Iran is moving radar into Syria.

      http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.699bcb2d552c8ba0384b21f2f6b25a83.691&show_article=1

      I’m not sure how yet, but there must be a connection.

    19. lattke pechechkin says:

      I read Joy’s comments.

      I read shehebrew’s comments.

      I certainly recall Ayn’s comments.

      and I am beginning to smell a rat.

      Awfully similar.

      Can it be the genomes?

    20. Shebrew Warrior says:

      Dearest Potato Pancake,

      You really must confer with Mr. Ronald #6 Grand, who earlier today was lamenting the lack of similarity.

    21. lattke pechechkin says:

      Shebrew Warrior.

      I seemed to remember tv shows like Dallas, when characters become stale they were

      summarily killed off.

      Hope I am getting through to you.

      capiche?’

    22. Steve Smyser says:

      Someone should tell BB (in regard to BHO and Abbas) that the ONLY winning move, is not to play the game….

    23. Joy says:

      You’re a very insensitive person. When you were concocting your theory, did it occur to you that you might be wrong and you would be taunting people who recently lost a loved one? Please don’t talk to me again. I won’t deal with a horrible person like you.

    24. RandyTexas says:

      I certainly recall Ayn’s comments.

      and I am beginning to smell a rat.

      Awfully similar.

      You will always smell a rat, but I would think that you would be use to the odor by now since you can’t escape yourself.

      No doubt all three women are brilliant and witty, each in their own way, must run in the family or something; but there is also no doubt that either you don’t have a clue, or, you don’t have a conscience—I highly suspect probably both.

    25. rongrand says:

      Randy, he definitely smells himself. Now and then he crawls from under a rock and show his ugly head.

      We all resent the remarks levied against Shebrew, Joy and our beloved Ayn.

      If you don’t have something good to say, don’t.

    26. Ted Belman says:

      Lattke, I’m going to eat you.

    27. yamit82 says:

      Ted I think Hymie has solved your dilemma for you. Keeping him around is infinitely worse than not.

    28. yamit82 says:

      “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.” (Proverbs 26:11)

      Hymie is not only a fool he is quite MAD as in NUTS, CRAZY, DEMENTED! He was ignored so he reverts to his normal being of Provocateur, HP, the Lon Chaney of the internet accuses another of being like himself. RAW CHUTZPAH? INSANITY? BOTH?
      I actually cried when I had to put my dog down. I cry when I lose a cat. I would rejoice upon hearing HYMIES END?(not even a kind thought but utter elation and relief )

      PS Hymie have you tired of impersonating me on a myriad of web sites? I read some not very good or professional. Hard to impersonate me successfully isn’t it and especially a one inch schmuck like you could never think like me.(Sometimes I don’t think like me)

    29. yamit82 says:

      REMEMBER THIS YOU MUTANT?
      “The NASDAQ is heading South like Hymie P, diving for a sailors OPEN fly …” ayn reagan Jan 21,2009

    30. RandyTexas says:

      “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.” (Proverbs 26:11)

      how about this one:

      As a fool thinks in his heart, so is he.

      A liar thinks everyone a liar,

      A thief thinks everyone a thief,

      so, it should be no surprise that someone with a prolific history of being an impostor suspects everyone an impostor.

    31. yamit82 says:

      Randy you can’t rationalize madness, I have it on good authority that he was locked up but released, that doesn’t mean he is sane.

    32. RandyTexas says:

      I have it on good authority that he was locked up but released, that doesn’t mean he is sane.

      Right, just reading the news for a mere half an hour on any given day should be enough to make one realize there’s not a heck of a lot of difference between those inside looking out and those outside looking in. The institutions won’t hold you today if they think you are most likely harmless no matter how whacked-out you are; they don’t have the funds.

    33. Bill Narvey says:

      The fix is likely in. It is doubtful Obama would be hosting Netanyahu at the WH for talks and a photo-op, if Netanyahu has not already agreed to certain concessions so that Obama can claim success in advancing the peace process.

      The time to convince Netanyahu to hang tough and give nothing more up, was before, in which case Netanyahu likely would not have received Obama’s invitation.

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