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Defense Minister Ya’alon has been putting down Kerry in briefings to reporters, diplomats for weeks

The media fallout from the Ya’alon story in Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth revealed that for some weeks now the defense minister has been conducting private briefings to journalists, diplomats and politicians in which he has been speaking out against Secretary of State John Kerry, using the same terms that were revealed earlier this week.

Yedioth’s diplomatic correspondent Shimon Shiffer quoted Ya’alon as saying that the secretary of state’s is “messianic and obsessive” with his peace efforts, accusing Kerry of being unfamiliar with the issues (“The U.S. security plan is ‘not worth the paper it’s written on’”), and adding that “the best thing that could happen is that Kerry wins his Nobel Peace Prize and leaves us alone.” Ya’alon was later made to apologize for his remarks.

Since the publication, media organizations and Ya’alon’s proxies have accused Yedioth of violating an understanding of anonymity with him. According to a report on the Israeli site Walla!, sources close to Ya’alon stated that “Yedioth did something that cannot be done—the quotes were given in an indirect and unattributed manner [a form of briefing in which the journalist cannot quote his or her source word for word nor disclose his or her identity] and yet they were quoted and attributed to him directly.”

In recent weeks, similar quotes made by Ya’alon to Yedioth’s reporter appeared in other Israeli publications. One Israel Hayom headline, attributed to a senior Israeli source, called Kerry “obsessive” and said that he was motivated by a personal agenda; the term “obsessive” was also used in a story published in the Israeli weekend paper The Post.

Another journalist told Walla!: “Ya’alon has been saying this text, word for word, in a series of meetings with journalists, politicians and diplomats for many weeks, on the condition that they remain off-the-record.”

Related:
Commentary: The problem is Netanyahu, not Ya’alon
Ya’alon’s jab at Kerry proves Israel isn’t in the peace-making business
The Palestinians should thank Ya’alon

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    1. Ginger Eis

      The Iran nuke-deal is a very nasty poison in the relationship between Jerusalem and Washington. On the surface of it, the leaders on both side act as if everything is business as usual, but behind the scenes the effects of this poison continue to do damage on other issues unconnected to the nuke-file,with leaders on both sides never missing any rare opportunity to embarrass and/or humiliate each other. It is no secret that Washington wishes regime change in Jerusalem. The folks of the Obama-administration ain’t nice people: they are very slippery, sleazy, duplicitous and quite vengeful with a smiling face. While the statements attributed to Ya’alon are hurtful, they must be seen for what they actually are: a non-issue that must be ignored by serious professionals. But for the folks at the Obama-administration, this is a rare opportunity to stick it to the Israelis. They want blood. The smell blood. And they will draw blood.

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      • Rehmat

        EX-CIA official, Michael Scheuer, while testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee on October 22, 2013, said: “If I’m given a choice, I’d dump Israelis tomorrow”. He was responding to Rep. Peter King’s criticim for Scheuer claim that “Muslims world hate the US for its support for Israel”.

        http://rehmat1.com/2014/01/02/ex-cia-official-id-dump-israelis-tomorrow/

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        • Danny

          I saw that yesterday, and couldn’t help but feel that many, many people in Washington feel EXACTLY the way he does about Israel, yet don’t have the balls to actually say it.

          The way the two representatives were defending Israel in this hearing is also very instructive, if not outright amusing.

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        • Ginger Eis

          Michael Scheuer is a delusional idiot no one takes seriously. Next you are going to cite Norman D. Finkelstein, Amira Haas, Gideon Levy, etc. to bolster the WISH that the US will one day dump Israel (that says a lot about how you make determinations). It ain’t gonna happen (irrespective of what bloody self-hating Jews like Michael Scheuer, N.D. Finkelstein, etc. thinks). That I can guarantee you. The two nations (i.e. US and Israel) are bound together in such a way that none can do without the other. Their respective administrations may disagree now and then and may even seem to be at each other’s throat on occasions, but such disagreements is what keeps the relationship in check, in balance and healthy. That disagreement is as a necessary evil a plus, NOT a minus. But hey, you are allowed to dream on and salivate at the thought of the US abandoning Israel, (and even IF that happen, it won’t help the Arabs realize their dream of destroying Israel).

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          • Philos

            Ginger, your fantasy that Israel is indispensable to the USA is a bit like Gideon Levy’s fantasy that the USA will drop Israel tomorrow. What can be said with some certainty is this: it’s always the guy that thinks he’s indispensable in a firm that get’s fired first. Nobody is indispensable. Except maybe the global military-economic-cultural hegemon that could quite happily live in splendid autarky and isolation if its elites weren’t a bunch of rapacious neo-imperialists.

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          • Piotr Berman

            One can make a more modest case that would Israel “vanish from the pages of history”, USA, after some lamentations, would move on.

            For example, USA controlled Wrangel Island for few years, then Soviets took over and few Americans were even aware that it happened.

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          • Josie

            Hi Ginger, I’m wondering why you keep referring to “Norman D. Finkelstein” & “N.D. Finkelstein”, when his middle name is Gary.

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      • Average American

        Of course! USA are sleazy dogs while anything at all that Israel does is absolutely divinely-inspired. Fine. Use your own sons and daughters to be killed and maimed in your next war. Use your own equipment and treasury. Stop asking us to send ours to fight your Crusades. And see how that works out for you.

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    2. mike panzone

      “The two nations (i.e. US and Israel) are bound together in such a way that none can do without the other”
      What is it that the US needs from Israel? I hear this argument a lot. I’d sincerely like to know. It has always seemed that the US has needed the Arabs and their oil more.

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      • Danny

        The U.S. needs Israel the same way a dog needs a flea.

        The problem for the U.S. is that their politics allows for the buying in hard currency of American politicians – something that fits Israel and its Las Vegas casino pimps like a glove.

        That’s how a flea takes over the dog’s brain and makes it do things that are against its interests.

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      • Ginger Eis

        Who actually IS the United States Of America? You? Danny? Joe Six-pack? When you are able to figure out the answer to these kind of questions, then you MIGHT, and I mean MIGHT, begin to understand what I mean. Gloating and talking like the ghetto-buffoon “Danny” who likens Israel to a “flea” won’t translate to knowledge (of the unknown). You need to work hard, think hard, meditate and ruminate to figure out the truth about life, which, as they say, is larger, far larger than logic (of a hateful buffoon like “Danny”).

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      • Ginger Eis

        The US does not need the Arabs and their primitive religion, backwards culture of death, mass murders and subjugation of women, honor killings of one’s own daughters, religious intolerance, human right abuses, illiteracy, etc. The US needs the Arab OIL. Nothing more. Nothing less. And if the Arab shut down their oil supply (again as happened in 1973), we will invade and take the oil by force. Henry Kissinger revealed that the US secretly threatened to- and was about to invade Saudi Arabia in 1973. That threat forced the Saudis to think twice. If the Arabs employ their oil as a weapon of war, we will not hesitate to take away that weapon. Israel IS and will ever BE. Anyone who thinks that Jews/The State Of Israel will be exchanged for oil, is at the very least seriously deranged.

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        • mike panzone

          ginger, some muslims may be primitive, sure. i met some pretty primitive jews when i was in israel as well, though. and the torah seems to be no more civilized than the koran.

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          • Ginger Eis

            You may continue to burry your head even deeper in the sand. And you may continue to rationalize and play the apologist as long- and as much as you want. The truth tells itself on a daily basis in many different ways. They who need to grasp it already did and are well in the know. That’s what matters!

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    3. Rehmat

      Danny, your “dog” comment reminds me the poor Israeli dog who was sentenced to “death by stoning” in June 2011.

      Israel daily YNet reported on June 16, 2011 reported that a Jerusalem rabbinical court recently sentenced a wandering dog (considered an impure animal by Halacha) to death by stoning. The cruel sentence stemmed from the suspicion that the spirit of a famous secular lawyer, who insulted the court’s judges 20 years ago, had been transferred into the dog’s body.

      The judgement was probably based on Exodus 21:28: “If a bull gores a man or a woman to death, the bull must be stoned to death, and its meat must not be eaten. But the owner of the bull will not be held responsible”.

      http://rehmat1.com/2011/06/17/israeli-dog-sentenced-to-death-by-stoning/

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      • Ginger Eis

        Rehmat, you really specialize in spreading LIES, don’t you? The entire story you tell is a lie, from start to finish. Why do you copy old LIES like this and post here? What kind of human being are you? Hatred of Jews can do drive people seriously insane (as history teaches us). Find something else to do. Try concentrating on facts such as: Arabs beheading Arabs in public squares, slaughtering each other en mass by cutting their throat the same way the kill their goats, raping a girl before cutting her throat to restore family honor, etc. Obsession with Jews and Israel will destroy your spirit. Seriously.

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        • Rehmat

          Ginger – When was the last time you shared bread with the Zionist hero Elie Wiesel?

          Dr. Norman Finkelstein, whose both father and mother were Holocaust survivors – called Wiesel “a liar” in his famous book, ‘The Holocaust Industry’. World renowned Jewish academic and a Crypto Zionist, Dr. Noam Chomsky called Wiesel “a terrible fraud”. Jewish magazine Tikun Olam called Wiesel “the Master propagandist – Any political movement would give its eye teeth to have him on its side“.

          http://rehmat1.com/2012/04/20/elie-wiesel-dont-equate-iran-with-holocaust/

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          • Ginger Eis

            My post dealt with the lies you spread in your post. That’s what you need to respond to. Elie Wissel has wholly NOTHING to do with the lies you posted. Obviously when you are caught in one big lie against Jews, you run away and jump to another rant on a totally different subject unconnected to the subject matter at hand. That’s the classical modus operandi of anti-Semitic Arab-Muslims and neo-Nazis whose ideology they have incorporated.

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          • Ginger Eis

            Rehmat, I put it to you – based on your own words – that you are – besides telling provable lies – also a holocaust-denier who does not have the courage to admit such (on a Jewish website). Your response?

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          • Rehmat

            Which Holocaust you accuses me of denying? The one which my city Chief Rabbi Wolf Gunther Plaut claimed in his 1990 book, ‘The Man Who Would Be Messiah’ or the Zionists have been carrying out in Palestine and Lebanon since 1948?

            Don’t worry answering as I already know the answer, “Bla, bla, bla ….,” Dr. Daniel Pipes.

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          • Ginger Eis

            Finally – the truth! An anti-Semitic holocaust-denying Arab-Muslim on 972mag.com spreading blood libels and other provable hateful lies against Jews, and denying- and making mockery of the Holocaust. I suspected it from your comments on earlier threads/topics but wanted to give you enough rope to hang your worthless self.

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          • Average American

            Oh here we go, playing the Holocaust card again.

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    4. Piotr Berman

      “The folks of the Obama-administration ain’t nice people: they are very slippery, sleazy, duplicitous and quite vengeful with a smiling face. ”

      I think that to an Israeli, accustomed to rather dour politicians, this smiling face must be quite shocking. But slippery, sleazy, duplicitous and vengeful — how many members of Israeli cabinet do not fit that picture?

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      • Ginger Eis

        Wrong. Despite the terrorism and being surrounded by savages who would not miss any opportunity to vanquish Israel, Israelis belong to the happiest and most prosperous peoples on earth. The Land and The People Of Israel are blossoming and booming. Israel is a regional ECONOMIC power and a force to reckon with in the world. Per capita Israel produces the highest number of academics, scientist, PhD-holders and Nobel prize winners in science and literature on earth, et cetera, et cetera. Why do you think the Arabs are fuming and suffocating in their envy? You need to come to Israel for a visit – and you will not want to go back to your own country again.

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        • Semiotic.Observer

          Surrounded by savages?

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          • Ginger Eis

            Yeah. Don’t agree? Then state your position and argue your case. Here are a few tips: make sure to begin with Syria and reflect on the massacres committed by the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) during the Algerian civil war in which whole villages were wiped out – with the throats of children, women and old men slit. Do not forget Iran, Hezbollah the Muslim Brotherhood, etc. Remember Hamas throwing Fatah-members to their horrible deaths from the windows of high rise building in Gaza. Do not let the Vogel-family escape your mind. The youngest of that family was a 3-MONTH OLD BABY. That baby was captured by two grown male savages. They slit this baby’s throat and bleed her out! Et cetera, et cetera. Most rich and powerful European countries won’t even make it as a nation if they were faced with comparable existential problems such as Israel. Israelis want peace because they know that where they are now is NOTHING compared to where they will be when there is peace. But Israelis won’t commit national suicide in their quest for peace. Ever.

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    5. Piotr Berman

      Ginger: While the statements attributed to Ya’alon are hurtful, they must be seen for what they actually are: a non-issue that must be ignored by serious professionals. But for the folks at the Obama-administration, this is a rare opportunity to stick it to the Israelis. They want blood. The smell blood. And they will draw blood.

      They issued an anodyne statement and left it at that. Shall we say: blood libel?

      And why is an idiot like Ya’alon a Defense Minister? The impression is that as far as the Cabinet is concerned, inmates are in charge of the asylum.

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      • Ginger Eis

        No, not at all. The statement: “They want blood. They smell blood. And they will draw blood”, is a saying that is figurative in nature. As such the suggestion of “blood libel” in this instance is not justified. I am sure you do not think that I meant that the Obama-administration would physically harm him to draw his physically. I am sure you are smarter than that. It is also not true that the Obama-administration issued an anodyne statement and left it at that. No, the administration demanded an apology, public endorsement of Kerry and used various “anonymous officials” to suggest that Israel is the obstacle to peace. Now, we are all humans. As any human, Ya’alon has his own moments of weakness. The statements attributed to him are an example of such moments. That said, Ya’alon is a true Patriot and a reliable Gate Keeper of the State Of Israel. He defended and defends the nation in accordance with his expertise in his relevant field – regardless of what the undemocratic, hypocritical, loud-mounted bureaucrats of EU-Institutions say. John Kerry on the other hand was a fraudster who has no respect for they who pay the ultimate price to provide the security blanket under which he sleeps peacefully at night (i.e. the members of the United States Armed Services); a fraudster who fraudulently obtained military medals, seriously defamed his nation in time of war, etc; a fraudster who has no fundamental understanding of the Arab-Israeli conflict but feels himself appointed by G-D to dictate and impose Israel’s borders, security needs and division of Jerusalem (and blackmails Israel with boycotts and intifada should Israel not submit to his authority).

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        • Ginger Eis

          correction: this sentence is not complete/was messed up: “I am sure you do not think that I meant that the Obama-administration would physically harm him to draw his physically…”

          Correct is:
          “I am sure you do not think that I meant that the Obama-administration would physically harm Ya’alon to draw his physical blood” ……

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        • Average American

          Oh now it’s a figurative. You’re back-pedalling.

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    6. Ginger Eis

      PLEASE someone tell me ‘I can’t eat my cake and have it’.
      It has been widely reported that John Kerry on an interim document between Israel and the Palestinians, to be presented sometime this month. According to leaked parts of said documents:
      a. It will be worded in such a way to allow both Palestinians and Israelis to interpret the outline as they see fit;
      b. It will include a statement supporting Palestinian aspirations for Jerusalem as their capital, although its sovereignty and control of its borders and natural resources would remain in Israeli hands;
      c. The settlement-blocks in Judea and Samaria will be annexed by Israel.
      If this report is true, how do have an agreement both sides do not agree on (because it has multiple interpretations and the parties in fact do interpret it diametrically different)? I know that everything is possible in the Middle East, but NOT that you can eat your cake and have it at the same time. Isn’t Ya’alon indeed correct in essentially saying that Kerry is way over his head and out of his league?

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