OK, this is pretty darn interesting. So some of the folks at State thought it would be a good idea to foment unrest in the Palestinian Territories (or whatever you want to call them) to force Israel to the negotiating table? Gee, I wonder why Netanyahu has such a problem with the current White House?
Anyone who reads us regularly knows that we have our issues with Israel, significant issues. On the other hand we also recognize Israel as an important ally (if not always a friend) in the Middle East. That the State Department was considering sparking anti-Israeli protests is pretty bizarre stuff. But this is also the “Arab Spring” era where all sorts of weird things were going on under Secretary Clinton, particularly in Libya.
Some at state also wanted to encourage Clinton Foundation donors of stature, millionaires and billionaires, to join in an international anti-Israeli effort, a “shaming” campaign.
It’s like foreign policy was (is) being crafted by the International Studies Department at Oberlin College.
(From The Washington Beacon)
In a Dec, 18, 2011, email, former U.S. ambassador to Israel Thomas Pickering suggested that Clinton consider a plan to restart then-stalled peace negotiations by kickstarting Palestinian demonstrations against Israel…
…Pickering noted that the administration must keep its role in the demonstration a secret, so as not to aggravate ties with Israel.
“Most of all the United States, in my view, cannot be seen to have stimulated, encouraged or be the power behind it for reasons you will understand better than anyone,” he wrote, suggesting that the government enlist liberal non-profit groups in Israel. “I believe third parties and a number NGOs [non-government organizations] on both sides would help.”
I am sure the Israelis would have never figured it out. The Israelis are pretty slack on the intel front, especially in their back yard. Ahem.
…another Clinton confidant, Anne Marie Slaughter, sent a staff-wide email to Clinton staffers recommending that they undertake a “Pledge for Palestine” campaign aimed at convincing U.S. millionaires and billionaires to donate significant portions of their wealth to the Palestinian cause.
The effort, Slaughter wrote in the September 2010 email, could help shame Israel.
“Such a campaign among billionaires/multi-millionaires around the world would reflect a strong vote of confidence in the building of a Palestinian state and could offset the ending of the moratorium for Palestinians,” Slaughter wrote.
Seriously, this is what we’re pulling these days? It then seems a legitimate question to ask at this late date, “Which side is the Obama administration on? And why would we think they know what they’re doing with Iran?”
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