Source: White House out to discredit Ya'alon
Attila Somfalvi
Published: 19.03.14, 17:18
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1. The problem ...
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (03.19.14)
... is that certain elements of the United States administration seem to think that when the United States says "Jump!," Israel's response ought to be "How high?" Well, those days are long over. And there is nothing wrong with Ya'alon pointing out that which everyone already knows: Obama is an ineffective, pathetic "leader" intent on pushing a private agenda even when 90% of the United States Congress wants otherwise (Congress represents the people of the United States, and the president works for the people of the United States, not for Barry Soetero). Obama can bend over until he breaks in catering to Iran and to Abbas, but Israel is a different story. We don't buy Obama's claptrap, and we will NOT be bullied. Kudos to Minister Ya'alon for pointing out the obvious: the American emperor has no clothes.
2. "White House discredit Mr. Ya'alon"
Alice ,   Israel/Canada   (03.19.14)
Truth hurts and the White House can't take criticisism. Bravo Mr. Ya'alon for standing firm and calling a spade a spade.
3. Ya'alon needs to be silent in public
Mark Jeffery Koch ,   Cherry Hill, NJ USA   (03.19.14)
In America the Secretary of Defense would never do what Ya'alon has done in criticizing Kerry and Obama. Israel has a Prime Minister and if Mr. Ya'alon has strong reservations about anything the current administration in Washington is doing he should be expressing those reservations in private to the the leader of his country, and Mr. Netanyahu should be telling him this in the strongest possible way.
4. Yaalon and Nobel Prizes
Michael ,   Haifa   (03.19.14)
If there was a Nobel prize for War and Death, Yaalon would be a serious contender for it.
5. Obama hates criticism & just want to be loved OR ELSE
zionist forever   (03.19.14)
Obama is a weak president who hates confrontation which is why he sucks up to the arabs, Erdogan and Russia whilst he attacks Israel because he knows because Israel relies on the US for so much he can attack Israel. He withholds sales of Apaches out of fear they will be used against palestinians, bunker busters out of fear they will be used against Iran. He goes out his way to humiliate Bibi and anybody who doesn't like him in Israel because thats what the arabs want to see. Its why Kerry just tells Israel to accept Abbas demands in peace talks make it easier to do a deal rather than lay down the law to Abbas and say you want American money or diplomatic help so you can get a state we want something from you. He has created the image of America the paper tiger and the result is nobody fears America anymore. Obama is a weak president and the sooner he is gone and replaced with somebody strong better for the US and its allies.
6. Obama shows his Muslim short temper,he will soon be a Martyr
Steve Benassi ,   Silver Bay, MN USA   (03.19.14)
7. Ya'alon is Israel's fifth wheel and stumbling, an obstacle.
Michael ,   California, USA   (03.19.14)
8. Obama not Ya'alon
A Jerusalemite ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (03.19.14)
If anyone is "...undermining US-Israel relations..." it is Obama and not Ya'alon.
9. As an outsider I Quote -
Arn. ,   Sweden.   (03.19.14)
The ongoing feud between Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and the American administration continued escalating on Wednesday when a US official told Israeli media that Ya'alon was "determined to undermine US-Israel relations." Comment - It is wery obvious to me that the US is totaly blind, not realising its own failures, and are in total darknes as in the quote belowe. The US official quoted in Israeli media said the Obama administration was "shocked by Moshe Ya'alon's comments, which seriously call into question his commitment to Israel’s relationship with the United States." Comment - It is the US Herself living and acting in Her Fancy, wich damages Her relationship with everyone. Arn.Sweden.
10. lol
Homer ,   ny ny   (03.19.14)
The administration is discredited and Ya'alon is a very popular minister doing a pretty good job. So unless Obama suspends gravity and turns up to down, this is going to fail like everything else the WH does.
11. Divide & conquer
Shoshana Rubin   (03.19.14)
Obama's doing nothing new here. What is new is that the leaders of Israel see right thru obama and are not letting him divide the people again. The fact that the American "source" chose to remain anonymous speaks volumes. Keep standing strong, Bogie and Bibi and Bennett and Dayon, too!
12. Good for Yaalon
g.e.   (03.19.14)
I don't think that the US President with the lowest approval rating has a right to criticize an Israeli Minister of Defense with a high approval rating. Yaalon has a high approval rating, maybe because he tells the truth. Keep telling the truth Boogie and don't be intimidated by those who are not looking out for our interest but rather to save face. A dangerous situation....for us.
13. defying critisism
tiki ,   belgium   (03.19.14)
Only strong people can! Obama, as the world keeps noticing doesn't belong to that group. He functions better in talk shows than on the political stage.
14. Obviously Ya'alon is the right Defence Minister for Israel!
Son of Cyrus ,   UK   (03.19.14)
15. Yaalon protected Israel in 2nd Intifadah, Hussein didn't
16. Look at the record
Syd Chaden ,   Palermo Calif USA   (03.19.14)
The results of the efforts, or lack of efforts, of Obama, Kerry and Kerry speak for themselves. In Syria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and, of course, with al Queda, which now operates across the world from Pakistan to the Israeli border with Syria. The only think that Obama, Kerry and Clinton has prevented is an Israeli preemptive attack on Iran.
17. Ya'alon understands totallly that Obama is hostile to Israel
CJK   (03.19.14)
ya'alon's job is to make certain that israel is secure. he knows that obama has caused much harm to israel's security. since obama was elected president israel's security environment has deteriorated. obama has meddled in egypt, in lybia, in syria and he has prevented israel from taking out iran's nuclear weapons program. obama has signed a capitulation deal with iran which has left in place iran's nuclear weapons program basically intact. obama wants to impose on israel his own vision of a pax obama, forcing israel to release convicted mass murderers and determining israel's eastern borders. obama should stop his meddling and ya'alon will then stop his just criticisms.
18. the white house needs to realise
obama is the laughing stock of the entire world.
19. Extremist?
Shalom ,   U.S.A.   (03.19.14)
Everybody who is concerned about Israel's security and survival is an extremist. In Obama';s eyes.
JERSEY JEW ,   NJUSA   (03.19.14)
If Israel abandons Ya'alon they abandon themselves
21. Defense Minister Ya'alon speak your mind
Erin ,   USA   (03.19.14)
The last thing we need is for you to do is remain silent and acquiesce. So don't do it at all besides how can anyone hurt US Israeli relations, that's nigh to impossible and in addition the Obama administration just formally sanctioned President Putin's close allies and supporters so why should you endure the same treatment? This is unnecessary and ineventual. You were put in place by Binyamin Netanyahu, I presume for a very good reason, so please do what he hired you to do whichis to protect the Israeli people, and if that is to call a spade a spade, speak up-we'd all like to hear the truth. Thank you and THANK YOU for letting me speak my mind, Shalom, my friend, shalom. My prayers continue to be with you (all ) as you shoulder this burden for me/ us. Thank you, again!
22. Discredit...
Robert ,   lost in farmington   (03.19.14)
At lease Ya 'alon has credit. more then I can say for the White house and our leaders , which has no credit at all. know one has taken them serious in the past , know one is taking them serious now , and know one is taking them serious in the future.they better earn some credit first , it's hard to discredit someone when you have no credit.
23. Keep up the good work Boogie... TRUTH IS ALWAYS RIGHT
Mazal tov   (03.19.14)
Your job is to protect israel, not Obama's ego!!!!!!!
24. Ya'alon seems an easier target than Putin to this admin
Ehud   (03.19.14)
25. Bibi's team should prepare for the Obama PR Machine
Bill ,   New York, USA   (03.19.14)
I think we know the Obama playbook by now, and it will involve Obama mouthpiece Jon Stewart with a cute hatchet piece calling Yaalon a Tea Partier or an Ayatollah or a Taliban or something (because people who are anti-Semitic are only interesting when they are Republicans, of course). Israel has plenty of talented writers, and needs to understand the role of popular culture in the US. Those who are involved in the administration should already be preparing with a duly cutting response. The opportunities for such a response are there. It must be possible to ridicule right back people who have never served in the IDF claiming that they are informing Israel of what's what in the Middle East.
26. Israel needs the US but the US does not need Israel
k ,   US   (03.19.14)
why is this guy saying idiotic things, does he want the only country who is a supporter of Israel to say the heck with Israel? I really don't understand some of the things that go on there, I can assure you plenty of Americans wouldn't care less if Israel was cut off and the Israelis were on their own
27. The solution ...
Michael ,   California, USA   (03.19.14)
A mouse can roar but the elephant will not notice when it steps on it. The simplest solution is to make the mouse shut up so it can live.
28. relationship of Israel and USA
Zuriel Simhi ,   Holon,Israel   (03.19.14)
I think regardless if MrYaalon is forceful and openly critisizing American administration, and John Kerry and their effort to implement peace in our region. can we afford to lose or agitate our biggest ally ? is this is going beyond the word not carefully chosen. can the massage be conveyed in a more "politically correct"without offending American initiative? thank god we have America stood by us in times we needed a true ally.
29. To # 3 Mr. Koch
Abraham Nachmias ,   Petach Tikva IL   (03.19.14)
Dear Mr. Koch, please understand that Israel is an independent state and a democracy! If somebody in the USA doesn't like democracy, has a problem with people crying loud their distrust in people who failed in each and every one of their positions in international politics, then that person should go back to school and re learn words like democracy, empire and similar!
30. People in high places have to be held to a higher standard.
nibor ,   israel   (03.19.14)
Yaalon can still be firm and not act like the village loud mouth. The price for being on top is that you can't say whatever you want whenever you want. It's not a shuk.
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