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  1. Richard, is there any way you can screengrab the Maariv piece and convert it to Anglaise? Are you surprised that they published such a potential threat to Israel’s security interests? Where is the censor?

    Sure eels like there is a lot of pent-up resentment starting to boil over.

    1. I get the feeling that the US administration has had enough of Bibi and co. I heard last night Martin Indyk flatly placing the failure of the peace negotiations on Israel because of the settlement announcements.
      It seems that they had high hopes on Kerry’s crusade for peace and the failure reflects strongly on the US’s ability to act as a mediator as a “superpower”.

      i think we can expect further estrangement not from Israel but from Bibi and the Israeli government, in spite of AIPAC, and Bibi will become another Pollard-like embarassment to US Jewry

      1. @ Shmuel: Since Bibi IS Israel for the time being, I think the U.S. will try to distinguish between the two, but it will be hard. Israel is not going to be a favorite of this administration for sure. You’ll have to wait to see if Clinton or an Adelson-backed GOP president wins the next election for an attempt at a “reset.” I don’t think Bibi cares whether he has U.S. support or not. He just wants the U.S. to stay out of his, and the settlers way.

    1. Of course it isn’t antisemitic. Every country has a right to refuse spies into their country and all do. Recently, we refused an Iranian spy, and Britain refused a Cuban spy. Clearly Israel blocks foreign spies. Heck! They block foreigners who protest Israeli actions against the Palestinians like the Gaza Flotilla.

      If you read this link, you’ll find that not only are spies on the list of people to be blocked on entry into the US, but there is ‘no waiver’. In other words, we ‘technically’ just refuse admission to all.

      Inadmissibility: When the U.S. Can Keep You Out | Nolo.com http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/us-deny-entry-inadmissibility-reasons-29715.html

  2. Not to put too fine a point on it, the Newsweek article repeatedly uses the term ‘industrial espionage’ to describe Israeli activities, not ‘spying’.

    Not too put too fine a point on it, AIPAC’s Steve Rosen was charged with violating an obscure, overbroad, 1917 era statute and government’s case against him disintegrated.

    BTW. As the Newsweek article clearly states, the US spies on her allies, like German Chancellor Merkel, and the U.S. spies on Israel, too. Always has.

    What’s worse, the American government eavesdropping on the German government in order to gain trade secrets, or Israel committing industrial espionage against private American corporations and companies?
    Close call.

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