March 23, 2010
In the News......
Washington, DC. You just have to love the scenes going on around the AIPAC meeting now underway in Washington. (PS: The clue is that they always seem to have some kind of meeting after Washington decides not to agree with the Israeli Government over some issue)
In any event, here is Hillary Clinton extolling the 'rock solid' support of the adminstration for Israeli Security while continuing to demand that the settlement buulding in East Jerusalem stops. Ofcourse, they are not going to stop the building efforts because that would possibly enable the Palestinians to get their land back for the capital of their country--something decidedly against Israeli policy. So they dance around the issue and us AIPAC to pressure the congressmen and senators they have in their financial back pocket to exert pressure on the obama administration for them.
Now the Obama people, including the President, know they can only go so far, but this president does not go all out to extol everything the Israelis do like his ass-kissing predecessor George Bush who assumed that anything they do is simply defense of their nation--like the Gaza genocide and massacres.
The next set of steps are today when the Israeli PM Netanyahu meets in a private meeting in the Oval Office where he will promise that no more public announcements of building will be made that will embarass Washington. In direct words, the Israelis are going to dpo whatever they want, and Washington will allow it as long as nothing is announced. Sounds a bit like "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to me. But that's just good politics I guess.
London. The Brits have decided to expel the local head of Mossad from Britain as a reaction to the use of fraudulent British passports by the Mossad to kill the Palestinian leader in Dubai a short while ago. Better message than the ass-kissing going on in Washington.
This is not the first time that the Israelis have had their hands slapped for forgery of British Passports. Former PM Margaret Thatcher also expelled Israeli diplomats in 1986. That time 14 diplomats went home and the Mossad Station was closed. Don't know what will happen this time until Millibrand, the Foriegn Secretary speaks to parliament today.
Beijing. Google has stopped censoring its internet pages for the Chinese Government, and re-directed its customers to their Hong Kong site. This does not mean the end to censorship, but it will highlight the fact that the Commie Goverment will do the censoring now instead of hiding behind Google.