Video: AP reporter clashes with State Dep’t spokesman over Turkey calling Israel a terrorist state

posted at 9:24 pm on November 19, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via the Blaze, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a reporter take a tone with a government functionary at a press conference quite like this. And it’s not the first time he’s done it, either. How does this guy not have his own cable news show already? Or better yet, an assignment as a White House beat reporter? “Yeah, first question. How much longer are we going to have to sit through your party’s crap about taxing our way out of this deficit mess?”

Here’s Erdogan’s statement about Israel being a “terrorist state,” which Nuland never quite gets around to condemning. I’m surprised he’d antagonize the U.S. by going full metal demagogue over Gaza right now. I know he’s done it before but at the moment he’s trying to get Obama to be more active in Syria, starting perhaps with installing Patriot missiles along the Turkish border to create a de facto no fly zone for Syrian rebels. Tossing rhetorical grenades into the mix while the White House is working on a ceasefire won’t help his cause. I assume he simply couldn’t resist the temptation to grandstand both for domestic benefit (some attendees at the Islamic conference where he spoke today burst into applause at the Israel line) and to goose his regional standing a bit. Until Morsi came along, Erdogan was the biggest name in “westernized” Islamism and a sort of fulcrum between America/Israel and the Palestinians/Sunni nations. Now he’s a lesser character as the U.S. tries to work with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to rein in Hamas. Bleating about Israel being a terrorist state is his way of reinserting himself into this drama.


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Whomever that reporter is, they’ll be scalped tomorrow.

wildcat72 on November 19, 2012 at 9:28 PM

2 minutes and 25 seconds….
That’s how long it took to get her to answer the question..

Electrongod on November 19, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Whomever that reporter is, they’ll be scalped tomorrow.

wildcat72 on November 19, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Taken to the wood shed..

Electrongod on November 19, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Matt has since been assigned to the AP bureau at the North Pole…

d1carter on November 19, 2012 at 9:31 PM

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

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do (or say) nothing.”

- Edmund Burke

Resist We Much on November 19, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Electrongod on November 19, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Her answer was terrible.

“We, of course, agree that rhetorical attacks against Israel are not helpful at this moment.” At this moment? How about tomorrow or the next day? Will they be helpful then?

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on November 19, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Turkey …. fine , I’m thinking of Thanksgiving .
Not to say that I ignore the talking heads and
all the BS . It is time say don’t forget about
Gratitude .
Tkank you Hot Air !

Lucano on November 19, 2012 at 9:33 PM

This is why we are so effed. Time after time, day after day more instances of this administration’s—and dems in general’s malfeasance, fecklessness and often outright working against America come out. Yet our worthless republican leadership does nothing–nothing.

I give.

arnold ziffel on November 19, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Yeah Matt Lee – Associated Press…

I’d like to see him assigned to the White House!

CoffeeLover on November 19, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Whomever that reporter is, they’ll be scalped tomorrow.

wildcat72 on November 19, 2012 at 9:28 PM

His name is Matthew Lee, from the AP. I’m assuming he will never be called on by King Obama.

JPeterman on November 19, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Victoria Nuland
Spokesperson
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
November 19, 2012
*******************

Index for Today’s Briefing

ISRAEL / PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
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*U.S. Diplomatic Engagements on Gaza / Role of Egypt and Regional States in De-Escalation
*Concern for Casualties on Both Sides
*Israeli Right to Self-Defense
*Safety and Security of U.S. Citizens / Operating Status of Embassies
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TRANSCRIPT:

12:55 p.m. EST
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MS. NULAND: Happy Monday, everybody, Thanksgiving week. As you know, the Secretary is still in Asia with the President. They’re in Cambodia today. I have nothing at the top. Let’s go to what’s on your minds.

QUESTION: So you don’t want to say that you don’t agree with the Turks when they say that what Israel is doing constitutes acts of terrorism?

MS. NULAND: We are focused on an

affirmative narrative of de-escalation on both sides.
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I am not going to get into “He said X and she said Y.” I’m just not going to do it here. And I’m also not going to go beyond what Ben Rhodes said in his background briefing just a few hours ago, which accurately, obviously, characterizes for the whole government where we are in our efforts.
(A lot More)
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http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2012/11/200830.htm

canopfor on November 19, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Wow. He is right, though.

AshleyTKing on November 19, 2012 at 9:37 PM

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canopfor on November 19, 2012 at 9:38 PM

We are shocked by what used to be called “journalism”…

d1carter on November 19, 2012 at 9:38 PM

“Rhetorical attacks against Israel are not helpful at this time…”

Someone needs to send that disgraceful hack a copy of Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language.”

Rational Thought on November 19, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Breaking..Pictures of AP reporter with three underage Thai trannies in 3,2…

Caper29 on November 19, 2012 at 9:41 PM

So not getting into a “spitting match” is an automatic default to engaging in spinning the facts.

Learn something new everyday.

antipc on November 19, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Go Matt!

Priscilla on November 19, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I’ve watched State Department Briefings for a few months now,or actually,since Benghazi in September,and this Mathew Lee,is a
reporter bulldog,and gets right down to the facts,and cuts,er
wades through the sh*t,and is always digging and asking,in every
State Depart. video!

canopfor on November 19, 2012 at 9:43 PM

*****Full Video ********

Daily Press Briefing – November 19, 2012
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Nov. 19, 2012: U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson Victoria Nuland in Washington, DC.

VIDEO:(36:52)

http://video.state.gov/en/video/1978201144001
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For all State Department Transcripts/Videos,here is the
calender website,for all Briefings that were recorded!!

Daily Press Briefings
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http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/index.htm

canopfor on November 19, 2012 at 9:46 PM

There are still some journalists left in the world? Who knew?

sharrukin on November 19, 2012 at 9:46 PM

There are still some journalists left in the world? Who knew?

sharrukin on November 19, 2012 at 9:46 PM

The correction is being downloaded to him as we speak..

Electrongod on November 19, 2012 at 9:48 PM

That approached . . .

We are shocked by what used to be called “journalism”…

d1carter on November 19, 2012 at 9:38 PM

I couldn’t bring myself to say it.

Axe on November 19, 2012 at 9:48 PM

What we have here,is Progressive Smart-Power of State Craft at work!!

(snark)

canopfor on November 19, 2012 at 9:51 PM

The correction is being downloaded to him as we speak..

Electrongod on November 19, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Hope he has his passport ready if case he needs to make a run for it.

I can’t even begin to imagine his opinion of his fellow Journolisters..

sharrukin on November 19, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Thai

Caper29 on November 19, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Racist. :)

Axe on November 19, 2012 at 9:53 PM

“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.”

Silence in the face of Islamic supremacism isn’t helpful. But it’s precisely what I would expect from a closet Muslim.

Basilsbest on November 19, 2012 at 9:54 PM

He’s Obviously RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACIST!!!

And he was sent there by mmmBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!!!!

mmNI HAAAATE mmmBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!!!

williamg on November 19, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Speaking of Israel,I too,agree with the Levelling/Flattening of Gaza The Theory!!
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A decisive conclusion is necessary
By GILAD SHARON
11/18/2012 22:43
****************

There is no middle path here – either the Gazans and their infrastructure are made to pay the price, or we reoccupy the entire Gaza Strip.

Anyone who thinks Hamas is going to beg for a cease-fire, that Operation Pillar of Defense will draw to a close and quiet will reign in the South because we hit targets in the Gaza Strip, needs to think again.

With the elimination of a murderous terrorist and the destruction of Hamas’s long-range missile stockpile, the operation was off to an auspicious start, but what now? This must not be allowed to end as did Operation Cast Lead: We bomb them, they fire missiles at us, and then a cease-fire, followed by “showers” – namely sporadic missile fire and isolated incidents along the fence. Life under such a rain of death is no life at all, and we cannot allow ourselves to become resigned to it.

A strong opening isn’t enough, you also have to know how to finish – and finish decisively. If it isn’t clear whether the ball crossed the goal-line or not, the goal isn’t decisive. The ball needs to hit the net, visible to all. What does a decisive victory sound like? A Tarzan-like cry that lets the entire jungle know in no uncertain terms just who won, and just who was defeated.

To accomplish this, you need to achieve what the other side can’t bear, can’t live with, and our initial bombing campaign isn’t it.

THE DESIRE to prevent harm to innocent civilians in Gaza will ultimately lead to harming the truly innocent: the residents of southern Israel. The residents of Gaza are not innocent, they elected Hamas. The Gazans aren’t hostages; they chose this freely, and must live with the consequences.

The Gaza Strip functions as a state – it has a government and conducts foreign relations, there are schools, medical facilities, there are armed forces and all the other trappings of statehood. We have no territorial conflict with “Gaza State,” and it is not under Israeli siege – it shares a border with Egypt. Despite this, it fires on our citizens without restraint.

Why do our citizens have to live with rocket fire from Gaza while we fight with our hands tied? Why are the citizens of Gaza immune? If the Syrians were to open fire on our towns, would we not attack Damascus? If the Cubans were to fire at Miami, wouldn’t Havana suffer the consequences? That’s what’s called “deterrence” – if you shoot at me, I’ll shoot at you. There is no justification for the State of Gaza being able to shoot at our towns with impunity. We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too.

There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing. Then they’d really call for a ceasefire.

Were this to happen, the images from Gaza might be unpleasant – but victory would be swift, and the lives of our soldiers and civilians spared.

IF THE government isn’t prepared to go all the way on this, it will mean reoccupying the entire Gaza Strip. Not a few neighborhoods in the suburbs, as with Cast Lead, but the entire Strip, like in Defensive Shield, so that rockets can no longer be fired.

There is no middle path here – either the Gazans and their infrastructure are made to pay the price, or we reoccupy the entire Gaza Strip. Otherwise there will be no decisive victory. And we’re running out of time – we must achieve victory quickly. The Netanyahu government is on a short international leash. Soon the pressure will start – and a million civilians can’t live under fire for long. This needs to end quickly – with a bang, not a whimper.
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http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=292466

canopfor on November 19, 2012 at 11:38 AM

canopfor on November 19, 2012 at 9:56 PM

I thought it was Turkey that committed genocide against the 2 million Armenian Christians.

VorDaj on November 19, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Of course he’s right. Their cowardly public silence says volumes. It was pulling teeth simply for her to finally acknowledge it wasn’t helpful.

changer1701 on November 19, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Why do our citizens have to live with rocket fire from Gaza while we fight with our hands tied? Why are the citizens of Gaza immune? If the Syrians were to open fire on our towns, would we not attack Damascus? If the Cubans were to fire at Miami, wouldn’t Havana suffer the consequences? That’s what’s called “deterrence” – if you shoot at me, I’ll shoot at you. There is no justification for the State of Gaza being able to shoot at our towns with impunity. We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too.

lol — damn, Canada. :) Sounds like Coulter on 9/12.

Axe on November 19, 2012 at 9:58 PM

If Israel is a terrorist state then maybe they should just terrorize the Turks by dropping an H-Bomb on Istanbul.

VorDaj on November 19, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Btw,listening to a question,on the video,and

What are the safe-guards,or precautions in regards to US Citizen safety(s),or Westerners,now that Gaza(Iran),have launched a War
on Isreal!

I would imagine,that the Super-Smart Obama Administration has learned
from its lessons of Benghazi,and will ensure and do what it takes to
keep,Americans from harms way,as the tinder-box in the Middle East
begins to spread,er,spiral out of control!!!

canopfor on November 19, 2012 at 10:04 PM

That approached . . .

We are shocked by what used to be called “journalism”…

d1carter on November 19, 2012 at 9:38 PM

I couldn’t bring myself to say it.

Axe on November 19, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Don’t allow yourself to be deceived, this is nothing less than a calculated ploy to deceive people into thinking that AP are not all a bunch of Marxist Propagandists. The Fifth Column Treasonous Media is fully aware that the majority of the general public have figured out that they are Marxist ideologues. Now they are attempting to figure out a way to re-deceive those people once again.

SWalker on November 19, 2012 at 10:04 PM

canopfor on November 19, 2012 at 11:38 AM

canopfor on November 19, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Inspiring, canopfor. It made me think of Barry Goldwater.

VorDaj on November 19, 2012 at 10:07 PM

The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too.

lol — damn, Canada. :) Sounds like Coulter on 9/12.

Axe on November 19, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Axe:Hamas now has advanced weapons,its going to be very ugly,
I say,women and children get out,then,let er rip!:)

canopfor on November 19, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Somebody sic this guy on 0bama…

affenhauer on November 19, 2012 at 10:09 PM

canopfor on November 19, 2012 at 11:38 AM

canopfor on November 19, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Inspiring, canopfor. It made me think of Barry Goldwater.

VorDaj on November 19, 2012 at 10:07 PM

VorDaj:

This is going to go around in circles,neverending till someone
stops the madness!!

canopfor on November 19, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Whomever that reporter is, they’ll be scalped tomorrow.

wildcat72 on November 19, 2012 at 9:28 PM

His name is Matthew Lee, from the AP. I’m assuming he will never be called on by King Obama.

JPeterman on November 19, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Re-assigned to Libya and on the first flight out tomorrow morning.

riddick on November 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM

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Watch live video from Tel Aviv
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Live camera overlooks Tel Aviv skyline
LIVE VIDEO — Watch a live picture from Tel Aviv, which has been targeted with rockets fired from Gaza as violence escalates.

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canopfor on November 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM

I thought it was Turkey that committed genocide against the 2 million Armenian Christians.

VorDaj on November 19, 2012 at 9:57 PM

In islam speak its called picnic with guns. Quran teaches to kill infidels. I am really tired of anyone in so called “conservative” media trying their best to separate muslims into 2 camps, one radical and one not. Its all ONE CAMP, RADICAL. No exceptions.

riddick on November 19, 2012 at 10:16 PM

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canopfor on November 19, 2012 at 10:17 PM

That reporter is on his way to Afghanistan or Syria. No doubt. The lamestream media must not be screening its lapdogs very well any more. An actual journalist slipped through the process and was credentialed alongside the slobbering mutts.

Kudos to Matt.

Philly on November 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Anybody else besides me get the feeling that this one is gonna continue escalating and not have the cool down after 2 months as has been the pattern?

This got me too “There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing. Then they’d really call for a ceasefire.”

I was thinking the Gazans shouldn’t be left a pot to piss in, but could be that most of them live that way anyway.

44Magnum on November 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM

While Madame Diplomacy dances around what exactly our relationship is with Turkey, Obysmal sings another chorus of “What a Friend We Have in Hamas.”
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/04/13/obama-sends-147-million-to-hamas-run-gaza

onlineanalyst on November 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM

That guy sounds like some kind of journalist or something. (Remmber them?) What’s wrong with him?

Curtiss on November 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Sexist and Racist!!!

What? Victoria isn’t… ? Really?

OK, then, just Sexist!

—Debbie Blabbermouth-whatzis

bofh on November 19, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Where are my manners? EXCELLENT job there Matt.

I can has more?

44Magnum on November 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Turkey , today a very pro Islam state .
BHO has encouraged the leadership .
What are we expecting here ?

Lucano on November 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM

I think that it is time to insert the pre-Thanksgiving video clip of Sarah Palin speaking while “a turkey massacre” is going on behind her. Can anyone locate it? It was just s-o-o-o-o-o offensive to the delicate.

onlineanalyst on November 19, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Excellent video from up north.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWkUaJId7pM&fb_source=message

VorDaj on November 19, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Obysmal sings another chorus of “What a Friend We Have in Hamas.”
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/04/13/obama-sends-147-million-to-hamas-run-gaza

onlineanalyst on November 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM

What about Muslim Brotherhood is coming to Washington town?
Or I’m dreaming of a Whiteless Christmas?

VorDaj on November 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Hmmm…………………..


Fire From Gaza Punctuates Israeli-U.S. Exercise
Simulations Meet Reality Amid Cross-Border Escalations
Nov. 17, 2012 – 09:00AM
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TEL AVIV — The largest Israel-U.S. air defense drill concluded last week under combat conditions as simulations and preplanned live fire were conducted amid actual rocket salvos from Gaza and escalation along Israel’s long-dormant border with Syria.

Multifront engagement scenarios designed for the thousands of U.S. and Israeli forces participating in Austere Challenge 2012 grew exceedingly realistic in the closing days of the biennial drill, as operators and joint task force commanders from U.S. European Command (EUCOM) witnessed at least four operational intercepts by the Israeli Iron Dome.

By the time the drill culminated Nov. 12 with live fire from U.S. Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (Pac-3) missiles, more than 120 rockets — including extended-range Grads — had been fired at the Israeli homefront, forcing hundreds of thousands of residents within 40 kilometers of the border into shelters. On Nov. 14, a day after the drill officially concluded, the Israeli military launched “Operation Pillar of Defense,” a widespread aerial campaign aimed at reducing the rocket and missile threat from Gaza.

In parallel, Israeli forces last week fired their first shots into Syria since the 1973 war in response to stray shells from the ongoing Syrian civil war that landed in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights.

Israeli military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai said the two separate engagements with Syria — warning shots Nov. 11 and a direct hit on a Syrian artillery launcher Nov. 12 — offered a clear message to Syrian President Bashar Assad that Israel would not tolerate spillover from internal Syrian clashes into Israeli territory.

At week’s end, as most of the 1,000 or so U.S. military personnel stationed in Israel for the drill were making their way back to Germany, Israel’s Northern Command remained on high alert for threats from Syria. Down south, Iron Dome batteries were activated against the rocket threat while the Israel Air Force intensified airstrikes against weapon storage sites, smuggling tunnels and other targets throughout the Hamas-administered Gaza Strip.

“These are very difficult days [which require] further bilateral cooperation in defense against future missile threats, as well as persistent operations against Hamas and the Iranian terror threat in Gaza, which is likely to intensify and expand,” Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told reporters.

Barak hailed the Austere Challenge drill for underscoring the deep cooperation between the two militaries and for bolstering Israeli deterrence.

In a press call before the drill, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, commander of the Third Air Force and regional air defense commander for EUCOM, said the $30 million drill, known as AC12, marked the largest in the history of U.S.-Israeli strategic cooperation. It involved Pac-3 batteries, an Aegis cruiser, the U.S.-operated AN/TPY-2 X-band radar deployed here and advanced communications links enabling simulated joint task force operations.

Overall, more than 3,500 U.S. military personnel, from multiple locations across Europe and the Mediterranean and in Israel, took part in the drill, which involved a logistics-centric deployment phase, extensive simulated joint task force operations against salvos on multiple fronts and Patriot live fire against simulated targets.

The Israeli contribution was estimated at 30 million shekels ($76.4 million). It involved nearly 2,000 personnel and all layers of Israel’s planned multitiered active defense intercepting network, including the Arrow, Iron Dome, Patriot and Pac-2, used against air-breathing targets, and command-and-control elements of the developmental David’s Sling.

Franklin insisted the scenarios simulating salvo attacks on multiple fronts were notional and “not related to any particular recent world event.”

Nevertheless, representatives from both countries said last week’s barrage of Gaza-launched rockets, combined with fire across the Syrian border, injected real-life urgency to simulated joint operations.

“AC12 took place in a realistic threat environment, to say the least. Many of us will remember it as the nexus between simulation and actual combat,” an Israel Air Force officer said.

In the coming weeks, U.S. and Israeli officers will conduct post-drill evaluations and apply key lessons to the planning of the next major bilateral drill, scheduled for 2014.

Israel Air Force Brig. Gen. Doron Gavish, recently retired air defense commander, said the drill and ongoing exercises between drills were strategically significant in honing the ability of both countries to operate jointly against evolving threats.

“We’re not waiting for every other year to exercise together. Today we have a standing relationship with all the commanders, and we conduct a lot of small-scale training on a regular basis,” Gavish said.
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http://www.defensenews.com/article/20121117/DEFREG04/311170002/Fire-From-Gaza-Punctuates-Israeli-U-S-Exercise?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

canopfor on November 19, 2012 at 10:31 PM


Letter From Israel
Nov 19 2012
***********

It’s one thing to write about Iron Dome, and something completely different to see it in action. That’s something longtime Defense News reporter Barbara Opall-Rome got to experience last week.

Here is a letter that Rome, who works out of Tel Aviv, wrote to family and friends last week. Those of you on Twitter can follow her updates @OpallRome.

Last evening, while driving down south for Shabbat dinner with [husband] Zvi’s 92-year-old dad, we witnessed first-hand the fruit of Israeli technology delivering the goods in Israel’s ongoing Cloud of Defense campaign against Gaza-launched rockets and missiles.

Directly ahead of us, four fast-moving white lights — which we now know were extended-range Grad rockets — were starting their descent. Before Zvi could decide whether to put over to the side of the road, we watched amazed as one after the other was blown out of the sky by Israel’s Iron Dome intercepting missile defense system.

I’ve been writing about this system since its inception from a policy, technology and budgetary perspective. I’ve written about the $205 million special U.S. funding granted to Israel for expedited production of this life-saving capability. I’ve seen power point presentations and videos galore and I’ve acknowledged that without this capability, Israeli ground troops would already be in there slogging it out in a messy urban war.

But yesterday’s front-row exposure to this “balance-breaking” capability reinforced my admiration for the Israeli defense industry; my respect for the Israel Air Defense forces (many of them 19-year-old conscripts) operating the system; and my gratitude to the strong U.S.-Israeli partnership buttressing Israel’s security.

Needless to say, we offered a special prayer over Grandpa’s dinner table. We hope that Israel will come out of this round against Hamas-ruled Gaza with enhanced deterrence and the international legitimacy needed to ensure if not peace — that’s a pipe dream — then at least quiet for some time to come.

Warm wishes,

B.
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http://blogs.defensenews.com/intercepts/2012/11/letter-from-israel/

canopfor on November 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Obamacare and total control of the American healthcare and medical industries, two or three new Supreme Court justices, and Israel wiped off the map. The Leftist trifecta! I think Obama would be delighted if he retired showing those results.

rrpjr on November 19, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman has confirmed that ‘negotiations are going on’ that may lead to a cease-fire; doesn’t give details – @C

3 mins ago from http://www.nn.com by editor
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http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on November 19, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Russia accuses US of blocking UN Security Council action on Israel-Gaza conflict – @Reuters

29 secs ago from http://www.reuters.com by editor

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/israel-airstrikes-kill-hamas-commander

canopfor on November 19, 2012 at 10:42 PM

AP reporter clashes with State Dep’t

Wow…how do I turn that into a ringtone?

lynncgb on November 19, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Matt gives them NO respect. That was beautiful.

thebrokenrattle on November 19, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Wow…how do I turn that into a ringtone?

lynncgb on November 19, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Seriously? Google “youtube video to mp3″. It should be your first hit. Convert the video and on the next screen it prompts you to download to your computer and there’s a tab to make into a ringtone.

If you were really serious..

JPeterman on November 19, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Not to worry, Barry has Smart Diplomacy on his side. He has ‘a plan’. He just doesn’t know what it is yet.

GarandFan on November 19, 2012 at 10:50 PM

You can’t even say it is wrong to condemn Israel by calling it a Terrorist state?

Boy what a friend Israel has in this administration.

itsspideyman on November 19, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Nurse Ratchet takes it on the chin: all she’s missing is the uniform.

Sherman1864 on November 19, 2012 at 11:01 PM

If you were really serious..

JPeterman on November 19, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Yeah…that was the most satisfying thing I’ve heard in quite a long time. Thank you.

:-)

lynncgb on November 19, 2012 at 11:06 PM

The comments here almost make it sound like you guys think this AP liberal is … not an AP liberal, or something. Are we going with the enemy of my enemy thing? If I am not mistaken, this ass-clown is attacking Obama from the left. No?

This sort of tripe feeds the kook-left to spew nonsense about Obama being a moderate or a centrist or something other than a stealth Marxist. What am I missing?

Jaibones on November 19, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Yet again a disgraceful performance by this administration…yeah they have Israel’s back..ha

sadsushi on November 19, 2012 at 11:55 PM

On the one hand he says “hundreds of people dying every day”, which is BS, but on the other hand he seemed to have pressed Nuland to condemn Erdogan’s retarded screech about Israeli “terrorism”… so, uh…, I’m not quite sure whether to thank that reporter guy or not.

AlexB on November 20, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Number 6 is un-mutual.

Kenosha Kid on November 20, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Woowee, who’s the mealy-mouthed, simpering C u next Tuesday? I don’t know her, anyone else? Oddly, the AP will have a reporter that commits random acts of journalism. This must be the time. Hope someone remembered to mark their calendars.

di butler on November 20, 2012 at 1:03 AM

The comments here almost make it sound like you guys think this AP liberal is … not an AP liberal, or something. Are we going with the enemy of my enemy thing? If I am not mistaken, this ass-clown is attacking Obama from the left. No?

Jaibones on November 19, 2012 at 11:47 PM

I agree with you that conservatives often make the mistake of misinterpreting those who attack Obama from the left, and then foolishly siding with them, which leads to the ultimate result you describe-but that doesn’t seem to be the case here.

Dreadnought on November 20, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Just another example to terrorists, that they have no better friend than the Obama administration.

So much so, that Obama went out of his way to absolve terrorists of their crimes in Behghazi by blaming it on a guy that created a video.

Imagine if Obama worked as diligently towards going after terrorists, as he does video producers? It didn’t take him any time at all to lock up a video producer, give him credit for a terrorist act, and even after Obama was caught lying, the video producer is going to spend a year in jail.

BruthaMan on November 20, 2012 at 1:31 AM

Now he’s a lesser character as the U.S. tries to work with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to rein in Hamas.

What could go wrong?

There Goes The Neighborhood on November 20, 2012 at 1:32 AM

i like him…

cmsinaz on November 20, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Yeah Matt Lee – Associated Press…

I’d like to see him assigned to the White House!

CoffeeLover on November 19, 2012 at 9:35 PM

You guys just don’t get it. This guy is aggressive simply because the briefer isn’t Obama or Clinton. Watch him roll over and show his belly like a dog if either one of them was at the podium.

Mitoch55 on November 20, 2012 at 7:29 AM

Obama’s Middle East is progressing just as he planned with the an all out siege on Israel. Meanwhile, he’s screwing around with a few little insignificant countries in the Pacific. Foreign police . . . what foreign policy?

rplat on November 20, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Turkey should not be in NATO.

More specifically to the point the US should no longer be in NATO!

insidiator on November 20, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Now if Mr. Lee would spin around in his chair and ask his colleagues why every story relating to this leads with Israel’s rockets landing in Gaza, then we’d have something.

Jeffster on November 20, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Electrongod on November 19, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Her answer was terrible.

“We, of course, agree that rhetorical attacks against Israel are not helpful at this moment.” At this moment? How about tomorrow or the next day? Will they be helpful then?

Obviously not, because the policies of the State of Israel are beyond criticism.

plewis on November 20, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Can we clone this guy. Wow! First Time Evah to hear anyone ask and follow up with questions the public wants to know!

Herb on November 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too

canopfor on November 19, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Correction: Japanese refused to surrender after the first and it took a second bomb to convince them. That is a false statement they weren’t surrendering fast enough.

Herb on November 20, 2012 at 9:52 AM

I agree with you that conservatives often make the mistake of misinterpreting those who attack Obama from the left, and then foolishly siding with them, which leads to the ultimate result you describe-but that doesn’t seem to be the case here.

Dreadnought on November 20, 2012 at 1:20 AM

I think you are going by his “terrorist state” comment. Maybe you are right. But his “hundreds of people are dying!” whininess seems designed to flip into Defend The Pali Terrorists mode very easily.

Jaibones on November 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM

“If Matthew Lee wants to go after somebody, they should go after me,”

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM

I think he’s just a Pali-Loving buttboy

The Press loves them some Fajr 5 Jewkilling missiles, especially when they hit some kids in Tel Aviv

TexasJew on November 20, 2012 at 2:20 PM