Saturday, June 26, 2010

IAF Planes in Saudi Arabia?

The Jerusalem Post reported:

Israel Air Force aircraft have been spotted in recent days at a Saudi Arabian military base unloading military equipment in the city of Tabuk, in northwestern Saudi Arabia, according to a report from Iranian news agency FARS.

The base will reportedly be used as a forward operating base by the Israelis as part of an offensive on an Islamic country.
The TimesUK reported Saudi Arabia will give Israel clear skies for an attack on Iran. While the public move is sanctions on Iran, American military might steams toward the Persian Gulf.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Orchestration Toward War on Iran Continues

The Jerusalem Post reported:

Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, during his meeting with a select group of rabbis last month in Washington, explained that the sequencing of the moves against Iran was extremely important.

Israel and America's planned campaign of escalation against Iran ran into an unexpected blowout, the Gaza flotilla.

May 25 - Rahm Emanuel meets with Israeli leaders in Israel
May 31 - Gaza flotilla attack kills 9 people. Israel Prime Minister
cancels White House meeting
June 2 - Palestinian Economic Development Session
June 2-4 - Treasury's Neal Wolin meets with Palestinian, Israeli and Lebanese leaders
June 7 - Vice President Joe Biden
meets with Egyptian President Mubarek

Despite Israel's spitting on a United Nations investigation into the Flotilla killings, the UN Security Council approved stronger sanctions against Iran.

Russia will not deliver S-300 air defense missiles to Iran. The buy had been held up for three years. What will Russia get in return? They prize Israel's drone technology. What will "carrot and stick" oriented Uncle Sam give?

U.S. State Department spokesperson P.J. Crowley said:

"We appreciate Russia's restraint in the transfer of the S-300 missile system to Iran."

Sticks are coming for Iran, while America blocks for Israel.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Treasury's Neal Wolin Pushes Palestinian Economic Peace

U.S. Treasury Undersecretary Neal Wolin spoke at the Palestinian Investment Conference. He said:

Two years ago, representatives from across the Middle East and around the world gathered here in Bethlehem for the first Palestine Investment Conference. That conference – like this one – was both an invitation and a declaration:
An invitation to investors – from the Arab world, and from the United States, Europe, and Asia – to come to the West Bank to help unlock the tremendous economic potential latent here;
And a declaration that the Palestinian economy is open for business; that the Palestinian people and their government are committed to laying the foundation for an economically viable state, where private enterprise can thrive.

The first conference occurred in the West Bank in November 2008. A month later Israel dropped bombs over Gaza, using American made fighter jets. Quartet envoy Tony Blair indicated Hillary Clinton and General James Jones approved the change in strategy on Gaza.

What's not open for rebuilding, much less business? Gaza. Neal Wolin didn't address the Gaza blockade's economic strangulation, much less Israel's killing nine people in the Gaza aid flotilla. He did cite "Monday's tragic incident" as a reason to return to the bargaining table. Wolin didn't say how Fatah's return to negotiations would help Gaza.

The United States continues divide and conquer with its best friend in the Middle East. Where might the pair drop bombs two months from now?

Update: Wolin was in Tel Aviv discussing Palestinian-Israeli economic cooperation with experts. His legwork is the foundation of Obama's meeting with Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas. Obama and Abbas will "discuss steps to improve life for the people of Gaza, including US support for specific projects to promote economic development and greater quality of life," a US official said.

Update 4-9-13:  Three years later and Secretary of State John Kerry offers the same "economic peace."