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Posted on 04/14/2014 2:31:55 AM PDT by wetphoenix
U.S. officials angry over Israel's lack of condemnation of Russia.
Israeli policy is driven by its own security interests and does not need to be identical to that of the U.S., a senior defense official said Sunday in response to Haaretz's report that White House and State Department officials in Washington have built up a great deal of anger over Jerusalem's "neutrality" regarding Russia's invasion of the Crimean Peninsula.
Senior figures in the Obama administration have expressed great disappointment with the lack of support from Israel for the American position on the Ukraine crisis and with the fact that the Israeli government puts its relations with the United States and with Russia on the same plane.
The head of the Defense Ministry's political-security department, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Amos Gilad said in response to Haaretz's report that Israel's policy on the matter was driven by its own security interests, which should not be confused with that of the U.S.
"Israel is following the events and we have here a plethora of security challenges," Gilad said in an interview with Army Radio on Sunday morning. "Israel is watching the conflict in Ukraine and recording the events, and focusing on the issue of national security which will influence not only our present, but our future as well."
"The U.S. is involved in its own way, but our [Israel's] security interests should not be defined as identical to that of any one else, even the U.S.," he added.
Following Israel's decision to abstain from the UN vote, the chairman of the Knesset's Israel-U.S. lobby appealed to Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein to convene his Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee to discuss the matter at hand.
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I'm not sure Israel has any strategic interests here. Attachments of many citizens to both the Ukraine and Russia, Jews fled both. IMO American interests extend only to the strategic damage done to the nation by the ongoing public belittlement of our President. But that's on our President and his reactions. Israel doesn't think much of him either.
As evidenced by this reaction on the part of the administration. Do they really think the Euros give a whit what Israel thinks about the Ukraine? Or do they think the Arab world, in deference to Israel, will pressure Putin. Our President can't, but the Arabs and Euros will, if only encouraged by Israel.
That concept being so absurd, I conclude the administration feels it's in America's interests to smack Israel around whenever the opportunity presents itself.