Olmert hits back in spat with U.S. over remarks on UN Gaza truce vote – updated
Why the public spat? There must be deeper rumblings inside…. Inside the washington Israel nexus … or it is considered a meaningless red herring to disguise other war plans: Lebanon, Iran …
First Juancole’s quote on the subject, fuller text at end of post:
As Daniel Levy, who had been a Labor Party adviser on peace negotiations, told The Los Angeles Times’s Paul Richter:
‘ This is terrible for the United States . . . This confirms every assumption they have in the Arab world about the tail wagging the dog. . . . It’s a story you’re likely to hear quoted there for years to come.” Levy also accused Olmert of “unparalleled arrogance.”. . .”There are some things you don’t say, even in Ashkelon, even in Hebrew . . . ”
Olmert hits back in spat with U.S. over remarks on UN Gaza truce vote
Ehud Olmert’s bureau maintained on Wednesday that the outgoing prime minister had correctly described moves that led to a United Nations resolution on a truce in Gaza, despite a United States rejection of his account, Israel Radio reported.
The U.S. State Department on Tuesday flatly rejected Olmert’s assertion Monday that he had convinced the Bush administration to abstain from last week’s resolution calling for an immediate truce between Israel and Hamas in the coastal strip.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack also denied that the abstention embarrassed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
McCormack said the comments attributed to Olmert “are wholly inaccurate as to describing the situation, just 100-percent, totally, completely not true” and suggested that the Israeli government might want to clarify or correct the record.
Olmert said Monday that Rice had been embarrassed by orders from President George W. Bush to abstain from voting on the cease-fire resolution that she was negotiating. Olmert said he had called Bush – and interrupted him at an event in Philadelphia – to ensure the United States did not vote for it. Source