Search

 

Cablegate: Israel Media Reaction

VZCZCXYZ0012
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHTV #2435/01 2221106
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 101106Z AUG 07
FM AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2701
RHEHAAA/WHITE HOUSE WASHDC PRIORITY
RHEHNSC/WHITE HOUSE NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEAHQA/HQ USAF WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEADWD/DA WASHDC PRIORITY
RHMFIUU/CNO WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEHAD/AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI PRIORITY 2567
RUEHAS/AMEMBASSY ALGIERS PRIORITY 9281
RUEHAM/AMEMBASSY AMMAN PRIORITY 2637
RUEHAK/AMEMBASSY ANKARA PRIORITY 3370
RUEHLB/AMEMBASSY BEIRUT PRIORITY 2600
RUEHEG/AMEMBASSY CAIRO PRIORITY 0574
RUEHDM/AMEMBASSY DAMASCUS PRIORITY 3332
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 0204
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS PRIORITY 0669
RUEHRB/AMEMBASSY RABAT PRIORITY 7264
RUEHRO/AMEMBASSY ROME PRIORITY 4686
RUEHRH/AMEMBASSY RIYADH PRIORITY 9599
RUEHTU/AMEMBASSY TUNIS PRIORITY 3763
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 5707
RUEHJM/AMCONSUL JERUSALEM PRIORITY 7608
RHMFISS/CDR USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL PRIORITY
RHMFISS/COMSOCEUR VAIHINGEN GE PRIORITY
RHMFIUU/COMSIXTHFLT PRIORITY

UNCLAS TEL AVIV 002435

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA, NEA/IPA, NEA/PPD

WHITE HOUSE FOR PRESS OFFICE, SIT ROOM
NSC FOR NEA STAFF

SECDEF WASHDC FOR USDP/ASD-PA/ASD-ISA
HQ USAF FOR XOXX
DA WASHDC FOR SASA
JOINT STAFF WASHDC FOR PA
CDR USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL FOR POLAD/USIA ADVISOR
COMSOCEUR VAIHINGEN GE FOR PAO/POLAD
COMSIXTHFLT FOR 019

JERUSALEM ALSO ICD
LONDON ALSO FOR HKANONA AND POL
PARIS ALSO FOR POL
ROME FOR MFO

SIPDIS
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OPRC KMDR IS

SUBJECT: ISRAEL MEDIA REACTION


--------------------------------
SUBJECTS COVERED IN THIS REPORT:
--------------------------------

Mideast

-------------------------
Key Stories in the Media:
-------------------------

Treasury Under Secretary Stuart Levey arrived in Israel on Thursday
to discuss terrorist financing and Iran. Levey met with Foreign
Minister Tzipi Livni and senior officials in the defense
establishment and intelligence services. [source: Ha'aretz] The
Jerusalem Post added that the US and Israel agree that China is the
most reluctant member on the U.N. Security Council to impose
sanctions on Iran.

The Americans are close to approving defense aid to Israel of USD 3
billion annually for ten years. A high-ranking Foreign Ministry
official was quoted as saying that talks between Israel and the US
are at a very advanced stage and that all the issues have been
principally agreed upon.[source: Israel Radio]

Minister of Defense Barak was quoted as saying in private
conversations that there is no chance of reaching an agreement with
the Palestinians and that he does not have faith in the current
Palestinian leadership. Barak admitted that he has no intention of
removing road blocks as it is his responsibility to protect Israeli
citizens. [source: senior diplomatic correspondent Shimon Shiffer,
Yediot]

A shooting incident occurred in the Christian Quarter of the Old
City of Jerusalem on Friday. A Palestinian grabbed an Israeli
security guard's gun, shot and wounded him. Another guard gave
chase, shooting and eventually killing him. Ten bystanders were
wounded by bullet fragments: seven lightly and three moderately
[source: Israel Radio].

Israeli mercenaries are operating alongside American and British
forces in Columbia to combat drug barons and guerilla organizations.
The Israelis are ex IDF officers. [source: Yediot]

Yemen President Ali Abdallah Sale has offered to mediate between
Hamas and Fatah. While Hamas officials have welcomed the
initiative, close associates of PA Chairman Abbas say that he is
not interested. This offer comes as some Arab states, including
Egypt, are pressuring Abbas to resume talks with Hamas. [source: The
Jerusalem Post]

In a meeting with a US Republican Congressional delegation, Israeli
President Peres said that Israel must increase trust with Syria.
[source: leading media]

Palestinian Minister for Prisoner Affairs, Ashraf al-Ajarmi, was
quoted as saying that if Israel reaches a formal peace agreement
with the Palestinians, then Hamas will have no choice but to accept
it. [source: The Jerusalem Post]

Foreign Minister Livni gave a tour of Sderot on Thursday to US Rep.
Tom Lantos and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. After Ellison heard that
it would cost half a million dollars to protect the local auditorium
he told Livni that she would get the money the next day. [source:
The Jerusalem Post]

--------
Mideast:
--------

Summary:
--------

Senior, veteran columnist Yoel Marcus wrote in the independent,
left-leaning Ha'aretz: "The November summit proposed by President
Bush in consultation with the Quartet will give him one last chance
to knock out the nerve centers of fundamentalist Islamic terror
threatening the free world -- and wallop the axis of evil with a
series of accords."

Diplomatic correspondent Herb Keinon wrote in the conservative,
independent Jerusalem Post: "And for those wondering why President
George W. Bush seems hell-bent on a regional meeting in the fall to
deal with the Palestinian-Israeli issue, it is to bring all the US
friends together under one happy roof -- to cement a new alliance of
US regional buddies."

The conservative, independent Jerusalem Post editorialized: "Today's
threats demand that Americans, and the West generally, present a
united front. Rather than exaggerating foreign policy differences,
we hope that Democrats and Republicans can agree that both force and
diplomacy have roles in confronting the greatest threat to global
freedom since the rise of fascism in the 1930s and the Cold War."

Block Quotes:
-------------

I. "Open Minds"

Senior, veteran columnist Yoel Marcus wrote in the independent,
left-leaning Ha'aretz (08/10): "The November summit proposed by
President Bush in consultation with the Quartet will give him one
last chance to knock out the nerve centers of fundamentalist Islamic
terror threatening the free world -- and wallop the axis of evil
with a series of accords. The leaders of the region will have to
show up with ideas and a very open mind. We will need to know in
whose name Mahmoud Abbas is speaking, and how he expects to regain
control over Gaza and pry it from the grip of Hamas. We will need
to know how far Olmert is willing and able to go in terms of
concessions based on the '67 borders. We will need to know whether
Syria is capable of being a negotiating partner, and if Saudi Arabia
is willing to dip its dainty foot into the pool as the patron of a
comprehensive agreement, while the eyes of the fruitcake from Iran
are fixed upon it. This is Bush's last chance to open a window
through which we might just see a sail of peace glinting on the
horizon."

II. "Happy Roof"

Diplomatic correspondent Herb Keinon wrote in the conservative,
independent Jerusalem Post (08/10): "For those looking for an
explanation as to why the US is pushing so hard to support
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad, it is because
Washington views him as a genuine friend. For those wondering why
the US is pushing forward with a massive arms deal with Saudi
Arabia, even though the Saudis aren't exactly doing the US's bidding
in Iraq, it is because the US needs friends. And for those
wondering why President George W. Bush seems hell-bent on a regional
meeting in the fall to deal with the Palestinian-Israeli issue, it
is to bring all the US friends together under one happy roof -- to
cement a new alliance of US regional buddies."

III. ""Force and Diplomacy

The conservative, independent Jerusalem Post editorialized (08/10):
"Today's threats demand that Americans, and the West generally,
present a united front. Rather than exaggerating foreign policy
differences, we hope that Democrats and Republicans can agree that
both force and diplomacy have roles in confronting the greatest
threat to global freedom since the rise of fascism in the 1930s and
the Cold War."
JONES

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Cyclone Gita: 70% Of Tonga Population Affected

The full scale of destruction is beginning to emerge from Tonga in the aftermath of the severe tropical cyclone Gita. Around 50,000 people, or almost 70% of the country’s population, have been affected, a third of whom are children. More>>

ALSO:

Gita: Samoas Clean Up After Being Swamped By Cyclone

Apia in the wake of Gita Photo: Rudy Bartley The clean up is continuing in the two Samoas after Tropical Cyclone Gita hit on Saturday morning. More>>

ALSO:


Grand Coalition : Germany's two main political parties set to govern under Angela Merkel.

The liberal-conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) negotiated through the night in a marathon final push to nail down an agreement. More>>


80 Passengers: Kiribati Ferry Disaster

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are working with the Government of Kiribati to support children, families and communities affected by the recent Butiraoi ferry disaster. More>>

ALSO:

Campbell On: the US demonising of Iran

Satan may not exist, but the Evil One has always been a handy tool for priests and politicians alike. Currently, Iran is the latest bogey conjured up by Washington to (a) justify its foreign policy interventions and (b) distract attention from its foreign policy failures. More

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC