‘PA talks, US action on Iran not linked’ | Jerusalem Post
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Yesterday the Washington Post published an “exclusive” saying that Bibi Netanyahu will not negotiate with the PA until the US gets Iran to stop their nuke program:
The new Israeli government will not move ahead on the core issues of peace talks with the Palestinians until it sees progress in U.S. efforts to stop Iran’s suspected pursuit of a nuclear weapon and limit Tehran’s rising influence in the region, according to top government officials familiar with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s developing policy on the issue.
“It’s a crucial condition if we want to move forward,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon, a member of the Israeli parliament and former ambassador to the United States. “If we want to have a real political process with the Palestinians, then you can’t have the Iranians undermining and sabotaging.”
Great report, except for one problem…its bogus. The Jerusalem Post Reports:
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon on Wednesday denied a report that Israel will not move ahead with diplomatic talks with the Palestinians until the US places more pressure on Iran to stop its nuclear weapons program.
“We will deal with the Palestinian issue as if there is no Iranian issue, and with the Iranian issue as if there is no Palestinian issue,” Ayalon said.
He was responding to a Washington Post article published earlier in the day that claimed the “new Israeli government will not move ahead on the core issues of peace talks with the Palestinians until it sees progress in US efforts to stop Iran’s suspected pursuit of a nuclear weapon and limit Teheran’s rising influence in the region.”
The Washington Post quoted Ayalon as saying, “If we want to have a real political process with the Palestinians, then you can’t have the Iranians undermining and sabotaging.”
But Ayalon seemed to suggest this quote was misinterpreted.
The link between Iran and the Palestinian issue, “if there is such a link, is a negative one. The Iranian influence [among the Palestinians] is destructive,” he said.
As I said in the American Thinker yesterday:
Before the election many of us warned of the dangers to Israel of an Obama win. Barack Obama has spent much of his life being mentored by, advised by, or simply associating with people who are Anti-Israel. Additionally it is expected that his one-world, everyone loves each other, let’s engage, approach to foreign policy will be harmful to the Jewish State.
Nothing that he said or done since his election has moved me away from that expectation. In fact his decision to join the UN Human Rights Committee, his promise of engagement with Iran despite Ahmedinijad’s crazy ranting and Iran’s continued nuclear development, and the fact that he toyed with going to the Durban II conference until the day before it started, are all ominous clouds surrounding USA/Israel relations.
The key here is to evaluate the source, and its history. There is so much truth that we must alert out readers about. But if we don’t check our sources, the truth will be washed out with the fiction
Giving the WAPO the benifit of the doubt, they may think they are supporting Israel by writing about conflict with Obama that hasn’t yet emerged, they are playing into hands of anti-Israel forces.