Today Vice President Dick Cheney stood in Jerusalem and announced that the US would not pressure Israel on security issues. That’s a bit strange because less than two weeks ago, Condoleezza Rice United States Secretary of State, and world class terrorist appeaser pressured Israel into stopping its military actions in Gaza. Those actions were bent on protecting its people from terrorist rocket fire. At the time Israeli Military Sources reported that indeed their hands have been tied once again by the hapless Prime Minister who’s only wish is to please Rice.
Both Olmert and Condi’s buddy, foreign minister Tzipi Livni are still carefully treading the line drawn by US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, whose main preoccupation these days is to keep foreign crises at bay for the rest of the Bush presidency. So the Question becomes when Cheney said today that the US will not pressure Israel on security, do you think Condoleezza Rice was watching TV, maybe he could send her a memo or something.
Cheney says US won’t pressure Israel on security ‘We back Israel’s right to defend itself against rockets from Hamas-ruled Gaza,’ US vice president says during joint Jerusalem press conference with Olmert. ‘America’s commitment to Israel’s security is enduring and unshakable,’ he addd The United States backed Israel’s right to defend itself against rockets from Hamas-ruled Gaza and will not pressure the Jewish state to take steps that threaten its security, US Vice President Dick Cheney told a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Jerusale Saturday evening. “America’s commitment to Israel’s security is enduring and unshakable, as is Israel’s right to protect itself always against terrorism, rocket attacks and other attacks from forces dedicated to Israel’s destruction,” Cheney said, adding that “the United States will never pressure Israel to take steps that threaten its security.” The vice president reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to the establishment of a Palestinian state, and assured Palestinian leaders that “they, too, can be certain of America’s goodwill” as it tries to help Israel and the Palestinians reach an accord. “We want to see a resolution to the conflict, an end to the terrorism that has caused so much grief to Israelis, and a new beginning for the Palestinian people,” he said, adding that “we must not and will not ignore darkening shadows of the situation in Gaza, in Lebanon, in Syria and Iran,” and the threats these areas pose to Israel. Olmert told the reporters that the meetings with Cheney will focus on the Iranian nuclear program, the rocket attacks from Gaza and the peace process. During his 24-hour visit, Cheney is also expected to meet with President Shimon Peres Defense Minster Ehud Barak, opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who greeted the vice president at Ben Gurion Airport Saturday evening. The vice-president’s spokesperson, Lea Anne McBride, said the meetings will also touch on “Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorism and to protect its citizens.”Cheney, who arrived in Israel after two days in Saudi Arabia, plans to attend an Easter service Sunday in Jerusalem, then head to Ramallah in the West Bank for talks with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. McBride said Cheney “looks forward to visiting the Palestinian territories to reaffirm the president’s commitment to the current efforts toward the two-state solution and efforts to strengthen Palestinian institutions.”