Links for March 14-15 2010
- Israeli envoy sees "historic crisis" with U.S.: paper
Michael Oren: "Israel's ties with the United States are in their worst crisis since 1975 ... a crisis of historic proportions."
- Officials: US wants Israel to cancel building plan
Israeli diplomats say US wants them to cancel the settlement plans.
- Lobby group AIPAC raises alarm over US-Israel spat
- Netanyahu's position is "perilous": U.S. official
- FT.com / UK - Netanyahu regrets 'hurtful incident' over settlement plans
UPDATE: I should add the transcript from David Axelrod's appearance on ABC's This Week, which raises the issue of the consequences of Israeli intransigence on US policy elsewhere, as flagged by Mark Perry's revelation about US military warnings about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:
TAPPER: All right, last question. Vice President Biden went to Israel this week and he was greeted by a slap in the face, the announcement by the Israeli government of the approval of new housing units in an Arab section of Jerusalem. President Obama was said to be very upset about it. Vice President Biden and Secretary of State Clinton made very strong comments about it. Will there be any consequences, tangible consequences beyond the tough talk? And does Israel's intransigence on the housing issue put the lives of U.S. troops at risk?
AXELROD: Well, look, what happened there was an affront. It was an insult, but that's not the most important thing. What it did was it made more difficult a very difficult process. We've just gotten proximity, so-called proximity talks going between the Palestinians and the Israelis, and this seemed calculated to undermine that, and that was -- that was distressing to everyone who is promoting the idea of peace -- and security in the region.
Israel is a strong and special ally. The bonds run deep. But for just that very reason, this was not the right way to behave. That was expressed by the secretary of state, as well as the vice president. I am not going to discuss what diplomatic talks we've had underneath that, but I think the Israelis understand clearly why we were upset and what, you know, what we want moving forward.
TAPPER: I hate to say this, but yes or no, David, does the intransigence of the Israeli government on the housing issue, yes or no, does it put U.S. troops lives at risk?
AXELROD: I believe that that region and that issue is a flare point throughout the region, and so I'm not going to put it in those terms. But I do believe that it is absolutely imperative, not just for the security of Israel and the Palestinian people, who were, remember, at war just a year ago, but it is important for our own security that we move forward and resolve this very difficult issue.
Too bad Axelrod doesn't go all the way...
FBI reports of Israelis circulating classified documents in the US Congress, "compromising" the authority of the U.S. President. http://irmep.org/ila/economy/06201984.pdf
US Trade Representative concerns that AIPAC was tactically "divulging" classified information supplied by US industries opposed to AIPAC lobbying initiatives. http://irmep.org/ila/economy/06211984.pdf
Reports from the International Trade Commission that AIPAC and Israeli operatives "usurped" US government authority and that an Israeli intelligence service operative was working undercover on AIPAC's staff: http://irmep.org/ila/economy/08131984r.pdf
Internal Department of Justice prosecutorial opinions that "theft of government property" had occurred: http://irmep.org/ila/economy/08301984.pdf
An FBI director order that the Washington Field office give the AIPAC investigation top priority after Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard was caught on video surveillance stealing classified US national defense information: http://irmep.org/ila/economy/11151985.pdf
FBI special agent interviews of Israeli minister of economics Dan Halpern who claimed diplomatic immunity. Halpern admitted passing classified US documents to AIPAC but refused to name his source:http://irmep.org/ila/economy/03071986DHALERN.pdf
FBI special agent interviews of AIPAC's former director of legislative affairs detailing how he made copies of the classified documents for AIPAC's lobbying use after being ordered to return them to the US government. http://irmep.org/ila/economy/02131986DB.pdf
FBI interviews of key AIPAC employees involved in handling the classified US government information (full document listing): http://irmep.org/ila/economy/
- ElBaradei reveals he is a trained Jedi Master | El Koshary Today
Had to happen.
- EOHR submits a new bill for NGOs to the President and People’s Assembly
To change NGO registration procedures and more.
- Britons face jail in Dubai over kiss
"Two Britons accused of kissing in public in Dubai face up to a month in prison after a mother complained her child had seen them."
- Jumblatt says His Criticism of Syria was Improper
All apologies. It's kind of sad actually, who will badmouth Syria now?
- Jillian C. York » The Risk of Facebook Activism in the New Arab Public Sphere
Partly in response to my post.
- Global Voices Advocacy » Facebook Removes Moroccan Secularist Group and its Founder
For no discernible reason — suspicious.
- Hope or hoax?
Amira Howeidy on ElBaradei's critics.
- The economy wakes up to Israel's Arabs - Haaretz
Quite comprehensive special on Israeli Arabs and their (lack of) economic integration because Jews won't hire them.
- Jews Displaced From Arab Lands Finally Recognized – Forward.com
Knesset wants to use displacement of Jews from Arab countries as card in Israel-Pal negotiations. Talk to the other Arabs about it, not the Pals.
- Executed by Saddam: the death of Farzad Bazoft, 20 years on | World news | The Observer
About Iraqi journalist for Observer who brought attention to Saddam's military research.
- The Petraeus briefing: Biden’s embarrassment is not the whole story, by Mark Perry | The Middle East Channel
- Inside the Lawfare Project: Netanyahu’s attack on human rights NGO’s comes to the US
Excellent post on latest Hasbara efforts against Goldstone, attacks on Israeli & Palestinian rights groups.
- 'Israel asks Egypt to renew Shalit swap talks' - Haaretz
According to Hamas official in Qatar.
- Fugitive businessman Lakah returns to Cairo - report | Reuters
He's baaaaack... This guy is sure to start throwing money around soon, perhaps run for parliament again.
- Israel extends West Bank lockdown (AFP)
Access to al-Aqsa restricted.
- Children of Gaza: Scarred, trapped, vengeful
Psychological toll of war, siege.
- Michel Foucault et la révolution iranienne. Les dimanches de la philosophie. Séance 14. « Blog de la mélancolie et de l'absurde.