We're going away for Shabbes, so I don't have much time this morning.
The good news (according to Youngest Yidlet) is that it snowed in Jerusalem Friday morning! Happy Good snowy Shabbes to our brothers and sisters in Israel.
The bad news is that one of the Sbarro terrorists now has a TV show in Jordan.
More bad news is that
... the administration was conducting non-official discussions with the regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that have never been reported.
One of those discussions occurred in February 2011, when U.S. and Iranian representatives met just outside Stockholm, Sweden. "Discussions centered on everything from nuclear proliferation to Afghanistan, but the meetings didn't accomplish much," said a former U.S. official with knowledge of the meetings. That ex-official said there were other private meetings with Iranian representatives later in 2011 that were never reported by U.S. media.
Read it all at the Washington Examiner: Secret Memo suggests White House ignored SOS from Iranian opposition.
... the US would have to take into account the "politics and the attitudes of people in the region,: some of which he acknowledged were anti-Israel" ...
Obama said it was important to “also continue to reach out to people of goodwill on the other side.”
That was apparently his segue into discussion of a "lasting, two state solution." Why anyone would be talking about the palistinians at a time like this is beyond me.
Noteworthy, too, is Yossi Klein Halevi's "Can Israel trust the United States...?" I think we all know the unfortunate answer to this most relevant and urgent question of our day, but Halevi is right to remember 1967, Israel's extreme vulnerability and ... America's betrayal.
On the night of May 25, as an Egyptian envoy arrives at the Kremlin, Abba Eban meets with President Johnson. "I think it's a necessity that Israel should never make itself seem responsible in the eyes of America and the world for making war," Johnson warns. "Israel will not be alone unless it decides to go alone."
The joint communique Israel wanted, declaring that an attack on Israel would be tantamount to an attack on America, is not forthcoming. Johnson instead says the U.S. will continue to pursue a solution at the UN....
Here we go again?
... though broadly sympathetic to Netanyahu's often-stated fear that Iran's nuclear program represents a Holocaust-scale threat to the Jewish state and the Jewish people, Obama suggested strongly that historical fears cannot be the sole basis for precipitous action....
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"...when I say we're not taking any option off the table, we mean it. We are going to continue to apply pressure until Iran takes a different course."
Oyyyyyyyy. Read it all, and with Gd's help, I'll see you back here on Sunday.
By the way, there's lots more bad news at Israel Matzav if you have the time.