The Obama Administration’s refusal to list “Jerusalem, Israel” in documents and photos in its archives has taken a very ominous and unethical turn. Commentary Magazine is reporting now the Obama State Department is “scrubbing” the “Jerusalem, Israel” designations from George W. Bush Administration archives in a forged, if you will, ‘they did it too’ attempt to re-write history by deflecting from and justifying their own disgusting deliberate anti-Israel political move.
In addition, a report that US State Department under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now bullying and threatening Israeli diplomats in Washington to apologize for the “bloody interception” of the Gaza flotilla a year ago or risk a loss of support from the United States in the U.N as Palestinians prepare to bid for official statehood.
According to the Israeli diplomats cited in the Yediot report, they were told that if Israel does not comply with Clinton’s request to apologize to Turkey, the White House may suddenly find itself unable to continue building opposition to a unilateral Palestinian declaration of statehood at the UN next month.
And not to be outdone by Hillary, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy’s pushing of a bill to suspend U.S. assistance to three elite IDF units for the same flotilla episode.
Israel will stick to its refusal to apologize to Turkey for killing nine of its citizens aboard a Gaza-bound ship, an official said on Wednesday, dampening any prospects for reconciliation between the former allies.
The decision, which the official said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu conveyed to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a telephone call, was made days before the publication of the findings of a UN inquiry into the seizure of the Mavi Marmara last year.
The so-called Palmer report was repeatedly delayed to allow for Israeli-Turkish rapprochement talks amid concern in Washington at the rift between two countries that had been strategic partners in an increasingly stormy Middle East.
Officials, citing advance copies of the report, have said it would vindicate Israel’s blockade on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Turkey, which like Israel had a delegate on the UN panel headed by former New Zealand prime minister Geoffrey Palmer, has said it would not accept such a finding.