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U.S. Defense Secretary Warns Israel is Becoming 'Isolated'
Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/10/11 | Elad Benari

Posted on 10/03/2011 4:28:17 PM PDT by Eleutheria5

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Sunday that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East, The Associated Press reported.

Panetta added Israel must restart negotiations with the Palestinian Authority and work to restore relations with Egypt and Turkey.

Panetta made the comments as he was traveling to Israel, saying the ongoing upheaval in the Middle East makes it critical for the Israelis to find ways to communicate with other nations in the region in order to have stability.

“There’s not much question in my mind that they maintain that (military) edge,” AP quoted Panetta as having told reporters traveling with him. “But the question you have to ask: Is it enough to maintain a military edge if you’re isolating yourself in the diplomatic arena? Real security can only be achieved by both a strong diplomatic effort as well as a strong effort to project your military strength.”

He added that Israel risks eroding its own security if it does not reach out to its neighbors.

“It’s pretty clear that at this dramatic time in the Middle East, when there have been so many changes, that it is not a good situation for Israel to become increasingly isolated. And that’s what's happening,” Panetta said.

He added the most important thing now is for Israel and its neighbors “to try to develop better relationships so in the very least they can communicate with each other rather than taking these issues to the streets.”


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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: isolated; israel; leonpanetta; negotiations; panetta; reopen
Gosharooty. This is why he makes the big bucks.
1 posted on 10/03/2011 4:28:21 PM PDT by Eleutheria5
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To: Eleutheria5
Israel is becoming isolated and it is Obama and his admin that is helping it happen.

In Egypt they helped oust a long-time ally who had made peace with Israel and are getting and now talking with the Muslim Brotherhood as the next political leaders there who are long time fundamental, extremist Islamics who have called on Egyptians to prepare for war with Israel.

In Libya we have backed the rebels whose leader admits he fought for Al Quida, who was interred in Gitmo and then released, and who admits to recruiting from Al Quida. This is who Libya is going to have in its new leadership. Quadaffi was bad and needed ousting...but not with this horror.

And in Iran, when actual freedom fighters took to the streets and were threatening the fundamental Islamic Mullahs and their terror exporting regime, Obama did not lift a finger to help...but wathced them be slaughtered.

If Libya wants someone to lead their new Islamic system, perhaps the best person for the job is sitting in the White House right now. After we oust him in 2012, maybe he should apply for the Libyan job.



2 posted on 10/03/2011 4:38:44 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (
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To: Eleutheria5

who caused Israel’s increased isolation? hmmm

3 posted on 10/03/2011 4:41:43 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: Eleutheria5

Im so proud of this administration. They are so smart.

4 posted on 10/03/2011 4:43:37 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Make your choice ! There are NO civilians.)
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To: Delta 21
Exactly, the Israel people must be laughing, the USA sends this sad sack looking administration official to tell them any thing..
5 posted on 10/03/2011 4:46:38 PM PDT by JoanneSD (TEA PARTY VERSES TEE TIME)
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To: Eleutheria5

Israel has always been isolated from the world. She stands apart from the 70 wolves. That was, in fact, one of the prophecies written by the Holy Neviim, thousands of years ago.

However, Israel is hardly alone. Israel has HaShem by her side.

The more the US and the 70 wolves isolate Israel, the more isolated from G-D they become. The more harm they bring to Israel and the Jewish people, the more disasters these nations will suffer.

In Hebrew it is called “Midda Kinnegid Midda” -”Measure For Measure”. It is how HaShem brings HIS judgement. In Genesis, HaShem made this promise,
“ I will Bless those that Bless you, and I will Curse those who Curse you”.

It is a promise that HaShem has kept for thousands of years. If you look back upon history, every nation that has caused the Jews harm, has fallen. And now, we see how HaShem is, yet again, making good upon HIS word.

Earthquakes, Volcanos, Fires, Floods, Tornados, dead animals, and fish.....and the financial structure of the world. Yet, the arrogance, hatred, and hubris of the world’s leaders and their administrations blinds them to the obvious:

Don’t Mess With Israel and The Jewish People.

7 posted on 10/03/2011 5:03:57 PM PDT by Never A Dull Moment
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In a very eloquent speech at the UN, Netanyahu offered to start talking before they left the building and pointed out that they have invited them repeatedly to start talks, even in some cases giving unilateral concessions.

What part of “no” does the Defense Secretary not understand? The n? or the o?

It is the Palis that refuse to even recognize the right of Israel to exist. What an asshat.

8 posted on 10/03/2011 5:04:03 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota (Which are you? A producer, a looter, or a moocher of wealth?)
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To: F15Eagle

WE should be worried ... not Israel.

17 “‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: You are the one I spoke of in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel. At that time they prophesied for years that I would bring you against them.
18 This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign LORD.
19 In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel.
20 The fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground.
21 I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign LORD. Every man’s sword will be against his brother.
22 I will execute judgment on him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him.
23 And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD.’

So be it.

9 posted on 10/03/2011 5:05:00 PM PDT by Nonsense Unlimited
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To: Eleutheria5

Says the administration that isolated Israel.

10 posted on 10/03/2011 5:07:28 PM PDT by NavVet ("You Lie!")
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To: Jeff Head; potlatch; devolve; ntnychik; dixiechick2000

11 posted on 10/03/2011 5:12:31 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: Eleutheria5

Israel holds out its hand time and again, and gets ts hand slapped time and again. They go and train the Turks how to wage modern war, only to have the Turks turn around and threaten them with war.

The problem here is not that Panetta is stating the obvious. The problem is that Panetta shows up in Israel and insults the host country by telling them they need to do more. This whole approach from this administration is wrong headed. Bush Jr. had it right. The Arabs have to take the necessary steps to create a conducive environment. We all know Israel would make peace in a New York minute - all they really need is security assurances. The Arabs don’t want to offer that.

13 posted on 10/04/2011 3:56:00 PM PDT by monkeyshine
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