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Testy AP Reporter Takes on State Dept. Spokeswoman for White House's Silence Over Anti-Israel Rhetoric

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AP Reporter FINALLY takes on this administration ......


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Cam V (417)
Monday November 19, 2012, 4:49 pm
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s on Monday referred to Israel as “a terrorist state,” a remark which the Obama administration has yet to challenge.

“Israel is a terrorist state,” Erdogan said at an Islamic conference in Istanbul. He also accused Western nations of ignoring the “sufferings of Muslims in Palestine, Syria and Myanmar because of lack of oil.”

The White House has chosen silence as a response to Erdogan’s intensely anti-Israel rhetoric, a policy that the Associated Press’ Matt Lee seems to think does more harm than good.

“How do you — this whole thing of saying nothing, I’m not sure I understand why you think that that’s helpful to the situation. You say that it would not be helpful for you to discuss any of your conversations, that quiet diplomacy is the way to de-escalate that. Well, you’ve been doing your quiet diplomacy now for almost a week. How’s it going so far?” Lee asked State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland during Monday’s press briefing.

“We are working hard with the parties. We’re working hard with –” she began to reply.

“Hasn’t it occurred to anybody that maybe being less quiet might get more results, though? Squeaky wheel gets grease, that kind of thing?”

“I’ll let the –”

“You’re being silent while people are dying left and right.”

“Matt, we are being far from silent. The President has –”

“You’re not telling us anything about what you’re – when the Turks come out – when the leaders of Turkey come out and say that Israel is engaged in acts of terrorism and you refuse to say that you don’t agree with that – or maybe you do agree with it – that’s being silent.”

“Matt, we have made a decision that we need to engage in our diplomatic work diplomatically. We have been very, very clear about where we stand on this, which is that – which is –”

“And that’s because you don’t practice diplomacy from the podium? Is that what you’re getting back to?”

Nuland tried to stave off Lee’s tough questions by noting that the White House has repeatedly affirmed Israel’s right to defend itself.

“And yet you won’t stick up for your ally, Israel, when the Turks, another one of your allies, say that they’re engaged in terrorism in Gaza?” Lee asked.

“We have been extremely clear about our concern for Israel’s security, about the fact that Israel has a right to self-defense, but I am not going to go further than that today, Matt,” Nuland responded.

“Why can’t you say that you don’t agree with the Turks?”

“Because I’m not going to get into a public spitting match with allies on either side. We’re just not going to do that, okay?”

“And you think that that’s worse? A public spitting match with one of your allies is worse than hundreds of people dying every day?”

Finally Nuland conceded, “Rhetorical attacks against Israel are not helpful at this moment.”

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 9:16 am
Hate bait every day, eh Cam?

Is there any doubt as to the powers of the MIC and right wing, shadow government? When they OWN the media, Liberals HAVE to tip toe around it. Who's fault is that? How does that make us free?

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