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Gabi Ashkenazi

  • Nov 5-6: High-ranking official blackmailed Israeli government

    Hebrew media roundup: Ehud Barak fires back, while the search for someone to replace him continues; Yedioth: Government was blackmailed by high-ranking official > Defense Minister Barak fires back at the Labor insurrection against his leadership (more on the move against Barak here). In their desperate search for a candidate to replace Barak, some MKs are mulling [Heb] a bill that would shorten the “cooling-off” period and allow the outgoing chief of staff, Gabi Ashkenazi, to compete in the next elections As Labor's head. Ashkenazi became Barak’s bitter rival when the two fell out over the appointment of Ashkenazi’s successor,…

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  • Oct 29-30: Netanyahu calls on Palestinians to forgo unilateral moves

    The Headlines: Unilateralism > Palestinian President Abbas has raised the possibility of asking the UN Security Council to recognize a Palestinian state, if negotiations with Israel are stalled. In response, Netanyahu called for avoiding unilateral moves. He did not mean to include, of course, settlement construction that changes facts on the ground. Two prominent Jewish Americans, considered close to Obama, visited [Heb] Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and urged Netanyahu to proceed with negotiations. In the background, the administration is increasingly frustrated by Israel’s policy. > The German mediator, working on a deal between Hamas and Israel to secure the…

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  • Oct 27: Chaos in Israel’s security establishment

    The Headlines: Bad Fences > A senior government official is accusing [Heb] the Defense Ministry of refusing to comply with a government decision to build a fence between Israel and Egypt. The official further alleged that the Ministry channeled funds allocated for this purpose, to pay salaries, and refused to allow any other government authority to review the fence’s routes. The fence is meant to stop the entrance to Israel of asylum seekers, fleeing massacres and persecutions in Darfur, Eritrea and Cote d’Ivoire. Their entry is often depicted as a “flood” (Ma’ariv), despite the fact that the numbers are negligible…

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  • IDF spokesperson spins Mavi Marmara video for local political purposes

    After weeks in which Israel refused to release the media confiscated form the journalists on the Gaza-bound flotilla, a short clip is posted on the IDF radio site, just at the perfect timing for Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi's needs Israeli chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi testified this week before the Turkel committee, the investigating panel Israel has formed to look into the events surrounding the deadly raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla. In what seemed like a strange coincident, while Ashkenazy was testifying, IDF Radio released another short clip from the videos taken on the the Mavi Marmara and later…

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  • Internal Security violated agreement with Haaretz to get to Anat Kamm

    The prosecution in Anat Kamm's trail admitted today that the Shabak (Israel's internal security service, formally known as Shin Beit), ignored the agreement it signed with Haaretz reporter Uri Blau in order to expose the source for a story he published. In a research article published two years ago in Haaretz, Blau reveled that senior Israeli generals, including chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi, knowingly violated Supreme Court rulings by ordering the assassination of Palestinians militants even when they didn't pose an immediate threat or when it was possible to capture them alive. After the story was published, the army began…

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