Israel Political Brief April 10, 2013: WikiLeaks: US blamed Israel for holding back peace in 1975



WikiLeaks: US blamed Israel for holding back peace in 1975

Source: JPost, 4-10-13

Henry Kissinger talks to The Washington Post.

Henry Kissinger talks to The Washington Post. Photo: Screenshot

WikiLeaks has published 1.7 million US diplomatic documents ranging from 1973-1976 online. It is their largest release to date and it is named after the former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger because many of the documents were addressed to or written by him.

The Jerusalem Post has uncovered a cable sent from the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia on January 9, 1975, which analyzed the Israeli-Arab conflict. It was concluded that it was Israel’s stubborn position that was holding back peace.


“Nevertheless, viewed from here, the Israeli pessimism seems largely if not entirely unwarranted. It seems based on an extraordinary lack of understanding of what happened in the Arab world in the last year and a half. Rather than girding their loins for the fifth, sixth, seventh Israeli-Arab wars. The Israelis might examine more carefully than they seem to have done so far the alternative of a peaceful accommodation with the Arabs.”READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 19, 2012: Henry Kissinger: Moment of truth on Iran within months



Kissinger: Moment of truth on Iran within months

Source: JTA, 6-19-12

Henry Kissinger, upon receiving Israel’s presidential award from Israeli President Shimon Peres, said the moment of truth on the Iran question will be in the months ahead.

“The question is at what point one concludes that negotiations have reached their limit? It is not a question that should be answered unilaterally,” the former U.S. secretary of state said Tuesday night in a speech at the opening gala of the 2012 President’s Conference in Jerusalem.

“The fact is that the members of the Security Council have stated for 10 years that a military nuclear program in Iran is unacceptable. They owe themselves the need for diplomacy, but also a point will be reached at which they will have to define what they mean by unacceptable and how that should be implemented. And that is a moment that will be approached in the months ahead, and it is something that we should all do together.”

Kissinger had come to Jerusalem to receive Israel’s presidential medal from Peres, who was fresh from receiving his own U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom several days ago from President Obama. Peres said it was clear from his recent meeting with Obama that the U.S. leader indeed considers “all options are on the table” with regard to Iran.

At Tuesday’s ceremony, Peres called Kissinger a “brother,” hailing “the tremendous effort you made to help us on every occasion as a great statesman and as a great Jew.”

The award comes less than two years after declassified Nixon tapes revealed that Kissinger had told President Nixon in 1973 that it would not be a U.S. concern if the Soviets were to consign Jews to death camps.

“It is unusual for an 89-year-old man to say that I wish my parents could be here,” Kissinger said upon receiving the medal. “They would be more proud of this distinction than any of the other honors that have come my way.”

In his speech, Kissinger also said the Arabs need to offer some concessions when it comes to peace with Israel.

“Everybody knows the sacrifices that Israel has made and is prepared to make for peace, but the other side has to give some content toward what a peaceful world would look like,” he said. “There has to be a quid pro quo on the other side. It is a peculiarity of the Arab-Israeli negotiations that one side considers recognition of the other state as sufficient for recognition of peace. But recognition of a state is the beginning of peace, it is not the end of peace.”…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 31, 2012: US Jewish Leaders Ask President Barack Obama to Let Jonathan Pollard Go Free



U.S. Jewish Leaders: Obama, Let Pollard Go

Conservative Rabbis stream told Obama Pollard has served an unprecedented period of time in jail.
Free Pollard protest

Free Pollard protest
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Rabbis from the Conservative Jewish stream met with President Barack Obama Wednesday and asked him to set Jonathan Pollard free immediately.

As justification for the request, the rabbis said that the time served by Pollard was unprecedented in view of his offenses, and noted his deteriorating health.

The meeting was originally planned to be held with White House Chief of Staff, Jack Lew. However, Obama popped in for a surprise visit.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger will be among the guests at the gala dinner in which President Shimon Peres will receive the Medal of Freedom. Kissinger recently published a letter which includes the statement that “justice will be done by the immediate freeing of Pollard.”

Israel Political Brief April 9, 2012: Obama White House Rejects President Shimon Peres’ Plea to Release Jonathan Pollard



White House denies Pollard appeal

Washington rejects President Peres’ plea for humanitarian clemency on behalf of ailing spy; National Security Council says US ‘has no intention’ of releasing him
Source: YNet News, 4-9-12

The White House announced Monday that the US administration has rejected President Shimon Peres‘ request to grant convicted spy Jonathan Pollard clemency.

“Our position has not changed in this case,” National Security Council Spokesperson Tommy Vietor said.

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The Obama Administration “has no intention to release Pollard,” he added.

Earlier, Peres sent a personal letter to US President Barack Obama in which he asked him to pardon the convicted spy on humanitarian grounds.

Pollard is serving a life sentence in a North Carolina penitentiary. The 57-year-old’s health has been deteriorating over the past few years and he took another turn for the worst on Friday, when he was rushed to a civilian hospital. He currently remains in serious, yet stable condition.

In the letter, Peres thanked Obama for his loyalty to the Jewish State, but noted that Israel is very concerned about Pollard’s waning health.

News of Pollard’s hospitalization renewed calls within the Israeli government to push Washington for his release.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, chief rabbis Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar as well as Shas’ spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, all joined in the call urging the US to pardon the ailing spy.

Still, prior to sending Obama the letter Peres noted that while he would do everything in his power to help, “There are other American considerations that I am not familiar with.”

The idea of Pollard’s release is not without support in the US.

Other than the various groups campaigning for his release, former top officials in the US administration agree that given the fact that Pollard has already served 27 years in prison, Washington should not automatically negate the possibility of a pardon.

Among those who voice their support for Pollard’s release are former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George Shultz and CIA director James Woolsey.

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