Skip to comments.Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates: Israel an ungrateful ally
Posted on 09/06/2011 7:53:06 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates blasted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying that his policies were ungrateful towards the US and were isolating Israel on a global level.
Gates harsh words were said during a meeting of the National Security Council Principals Committee, Bloombergs Jeffrey Goldber reported Tuesday.
Gates believes Netanyahus government has offered the Obama administration nothing in return for its generous security aid, which includes access to top-quality weapons, assistance in developing missile-defense systems and high-level intelligence sharing.
The former defense secretary said that not only is Netanyahu ungrateful, but his polices were endangering his country by refusing to grapple with Israels growing isolation and with the demographic challenges it faces if it keeps control of the West Bank.
Bloomberg added that Gatess analysis met with no resistance from other committee members.
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Israel isn’t isolated (it can forge ties with Kurdistan, Armenia, Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Georgia, and Bulgaria,
as counter-weights to Turkey).
And if it is isolated, perhaps there are times when isolation is preferable to ignominy (as when Switzerland was completely isolated by Hitler’s Reich and his allies, the lone country in continental Europe, aside from Portugal and Sweden, not involved with—and allied to—Hitler).
Err..Who are the grateful allies?
“Netanyahus government has offered the Obama administration nothing in return for its generous security aid”
What has any nation ever offered us in return for our “generous aid”?
Maybe Gates is looking to run as VP with Ron Paul in a 3rd party candidacy.
Nazi Gates: “Darn, the jews again, they won’t go for my pyramid scheme”
Israel should be grateful for being told to go back to its 1967 borders?
Gee, Gates, I’m glad you aren’t at Defense anymore. Who knows what other screwed up views you have.
Netanyahu spoke the truth to power and embarassed your butt boy Obama. Maybe you should call Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. and report him.
I wonder if "American Idol" is on tonight?
It would be so much easier if those troublesome Jews would just kill themselves wouldn’t it Gates? At least we know where you stand and can evaluate you and your actions better.
Just maybe Netanyahu’s attitude stems from the tacky disrespectful way he was treated by 0 at the White House??????
No foreign leader (UK, Germany, Russia, France etc) respects the American President except maybe the muslim countries.
Always knew I never liked the son of a gun
Starting with Bush 41 and since, we haven’t exactly been friendly with Israel.
Why Robert Gates is awful.
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They would be a good deal more grateful if Obama would act like and ally.
Any man, whether appointed by W in some capacity or not, and held on with the approval of the Obama administration is a traitor to this country as far as I am concerned.
For one thing, a competent, commited military force that serves as a deterrent to our enemies in the region and a staunch ally in the war on terrorism.
That is probably more than we are doing for them right now.
I’ve hated Gates since he made a decision on drones, and then publicly condemned the USAF for obeying his command.
I wonder what Gates had on the Bushies, a live boy or dead horse?
Behind the scenes: Obama snubs Netanyahu
Sources privy to political atmosphere prior to US president’s Mideast policy speech say tension between White House, Jerusalem hit new high
The cold relationship between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems to have noted a new drop in temperature following Obama’s Mideast policy speech, and according to the New York Times, tensions between Washington and Jerusalem are at an all-time high.
Obama has reportedly told close aides and allies that he does not believe Netanyahu will ever be willing to make the kind of big concessions that will lead to a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
Fifty-plus years of islamist propaganda is apparently very close to achieving its objective...
“Gates believes Netanyahus government has offered the Obama administration nothing in return for its generous security aid,”
Like Pakistan has. LOL
Gates is a fool trying to make points with his new masters.
I’m to the point that maybe Israel should just strike out on their own and make what alliances they can instead of depending on the political elite here.
We’ll be far more than sorry to lose Israel as an ally in that miserable part of the world. The only democracy there and we dump on them.
Wow. He’s even worse than I thought.
So then his opinions on Israel are just like his opinions on averything else — wrong!
An honorable suicide?
Grateful to Gates and the O admin means you are only grateful if you succumb to their demands.
You can’t say, thank you for the help. Tain’t enough. You must give them what they want to be considered grateful.
gates was one pi$$ poor excuse for a general... just like weasley clark.
Am I the only conservative growing weary of our American youth dying, our taxes expended, and our nation going further into debt to unilaterally help and defend many other nations that have never spent a single dime or lost one serviceman in defense of the USA?
There are dozens of countries in this category and it is always the now broke Uncle Sam that is still on the giving end. You know what they call people who go broke giving and never getting - saps?
Until these other nations (and I include Israel and many more) that are much better off per capita fiscally than the USA start paying and reimbursing us, I’m in favor of shutting off the spigot of aid and defense and replenishing our own coffers for a change.
“Grateful allies” don’t conduct espionage (as Israel does) on their “friends.”
DITTO!!! AND TO SEE HIM BETRAYING ISRAEL LIKE THIS - WELL IT PROVES HE'S NOT A CHRISTIAN EITHER!
Ummm...all countries conduct espionage on all other countries. We don’t depend on press releases to determine what the Brits are up to...and Israel would be STUPID to trust anyone with their survival.
You're backing up my case. You provide all the more reason to stop this nonsensical talk about Israel being a "grateful" and "loyal" friend. There is nothing "special" about our relationship in that regard. Like all other countries, it would sell us down the river in a second, if it thought it would provide any benefit.
FU Bobby boy. Israel has a right to exist and have a right to not be thrown under the bus by the elite.
And don’t forget the newest nation, the Republic of South Sudan...That should keep the southern flank under observation...
I have NEVER been impressed with GATES. He’s a political hack, nothing more.
I have zero respect for Gates after what he allowed obama to do to the military.
Now all the Perry bots are going to get you.
This will be one of the greatest betrayals in history. Woe to us for electing this villain as president because if this happens America is doomed.
If you're not a Christian, you'd best become one ASAP since your survivalist retreats, provisions and guns will not save you otherwise. If you are a Christian, prepare to protect yourself and your family. God will be with you if you are with Him.
"I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread." - Psalm 37:25
Is THAT why Obammy had Netanyahu enter The White House through the back door? Is THAT why he left him there, by himself, while he went upstairs to dine with his family, telling him to "call me if anything changes"?
There's ungratefulness, but not on Bebe's part.
We spy on each other.....which, again, backs up my case, that “loyality” “gratitude” and “friendship” have nothing to do with the Israel/U.S. relationship.
See my post # 45
What—pray tell— has the Muslim Brother Barry soetoro aka Barak Hussein Obamba II offered Israel of any credible value?
For that matter what has he done to make America a better place? I can think of 0 as answer to both.
Gates and James “I Hate Israel” Baker are two peas in the pod.