This is really frustrating. As if Secretary Clinton and the State Dept. don’t have enough to do without having to hold Israel’s hand and prod Israeli-Turkish relations into the “good” category. Then of course there is the time Secretary Clinton and other diplomats in the State Dept. have spent trying to
strong-arm Turkey into preventing the upcoming Flotilla from heading to Gaza. As I wrote before, this is not our issue- this is between Turkey and Israel and it’s yet another example of how Israel can’t even conduct basic diplomatic relations without the U.S. taking charge. It’s time for Israel to realize that actions have consequences and it’s time for the U.S. to realize the same thing- Israel will never change it’s behavior if the Obama administration is going to keep mopping up the mess.
Israeli and Turkish officials have been holding secret direct talks to try to solve the diplomatic crisis between the two countries, a senior official in Jerusalem said. The negotiations are receiving the Americans’ support.
In addition, the U.S. administration has held talks with senior Turkish officials, mainly to foil the flotilla to Gaza due later this month, but also in a bid to improve relations with Israel.
On Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to her Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu and expressed satisfaction with the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation’s announcement that the ship the Mavi Marmara would not take part in the flotilla this time around, officials said.
Haaretz also had an article several weeks ago saying that the State Dept. was willing to use the Mideast peace process as bait to try to get Turkey to sabotage the Flotilla (which includes about 20 ships btw, not just the Mavi Marmara).
This is not the best use of the State Department’s time.
Oh but remember, according to Jackson Diehl and Jennifer Rubin, the Obama administration is hostile to Israel!
Didn’t Secretary Clinton and her husband Bill take part in nonviolent protests against the Vietnam War back in the day? Civil disobedience has a long and respected history of playing a key role in bringing about positive change on the human rights front and for some groups, it’s either that or violence, so which would we have the Palestinians choose?
I have a feeling if Gandhi showed up and became a supporter of nonviolent Palestinian resistance the Obama administration, the Lobby and the media would label him a “delegitimizer.”