Israel Defense Minister: “America is showing weakness”

posted at 11:21 am on March 18, 2014 by Jeff Dunetz

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said something many of us were already thinking. Speaking at Tel Aviv University on Monday, he displayed deep disappointment with the way U.S. President Barack Obama is handling important foreign policy issues:

I heard voices of disappointment in the region. I was in Singapore and heard disappointment about China getting stronger and the US getting weaker. Look what’s happening in Ukraine, where the United States is demonstrating weakness, unfortunately.

Ya’alon scolded Obama for not being proactive in attacking terrorism:

If you sit and wait at home, the terrorism will come again. Even if you hunker down, it will come. This is a war of civilizations. If your image is feebleness, it doesn’t pay in the world. Nobody will replace the United States as global policeman. I hope the United States comes to its senses. If it doesn’t, it will challenge the world order, and the United States is the one that will suffer.

The Defense Minister feels Iran is snookering the President:

We had thought the ones who should lead the campaign against Iran is the United States. But at some stage the United States entered into negotiations with them, and unhappily, when it comes to negotiating at a Persian bazaar, the Iranians were better. Therefore, on this matter, we have to behave as though we have nobody to look out for us but ourselves.

That quote is really nothing new, Israel has always known that when push comes to shove she can only depend on herself. In fact its been a long-stated IDF policy.

People know that Iran cheats. But comfortable Westerners prefer to put off confrontation. If possible, to next year, or the next president. But in the end, it will blow up.

These comments must be read in context. Moshe Ya’alon  has a history of being outspoken, for example his recent comments about Kerry being messianic and obsessive earned a trip to Netanyahu’s woodshed.

His Kerry statements weren’t the first time his mouth got him in trouble. When he was Vice Prime Minister in August 2009  Ya’alon said:

We become accustomed to Arabs being permitted to live everywhere, in the Negev, Galilee, Nablus, Jenin, and [on the other hand] there are areas where Jews are not allowed to live. We caused this.” He also stated that, “regarding the issue of the settlements, in my opinion Jews can and should live everywhere in the Land of Israel. Now, … first of all, every settlement needs to get the approval of the authorities, and what goes up on the spot, in contradiction to these decisions and so on is not legitimate. It’s against the law”.

Later, after the Israeli equivalent of a “come to Jesus” meeting with PM Netanyahu Ya’alon retracted parts of his statements and said that he “recognized the importance of democratic discourse and respecting other opinions.”

Ya’alon’s comments may very well have been what many in the government of Israel (and citizens of the U.S.) were thinking. But one needs to understand while many might agree with the sentiments, he speaks for himself only, not for the government. Some observers in the U.S. will see his words as a suggestion that an Israeli attack on Iran is imminent—but that is simply not true.

Israel values its partnership with the United States and, even if  in the end it has to go it alone and attack Iran’s nuclear program,  it will never do so while the United States is negotiating with the rogue nation.

Therefore the only thing Ya’alon’s words really means is he’s about to make another trip to Bibi’s woodshed.


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Kerry is a horses ass…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Yeah but now we have “health care” herp derp…

Murphy9 on March 18, 2014 at 11:26 AM

…Duh!

KOOLAID2 on March 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Israel values its partnership with the United States and, even if in the end it has to go it alone and attack Iran’s nuclear program, it will never do so while the United States is negotiating with the rogue nation.

Therefore the only thing Ya’alon’s words really means is he’s about to make another trip to Bibi’s woodshed.

Who is this Jeff character and how does he have such inside knowledge of what Israel will and will not do?

So even if Iran has a nuke pointing at Tel Aviv and their fingers on the trigger, Israel won’t do anything as long as the US is “negotiating?”

Interesting…

Timin203 on March 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

The thing that worries me is Obama is psychologically unable to handle ridicule and rejection. He’s getting BOTH in spades lately. His reaction to rejection domestically was to assume Dictatorial Power by executive decree.

The equivalent to that for his foreign policy would be to Nuke!

ConstantineXI on March 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Ya think?

corona79 on March 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Obama is gonna get out his pen and his phone and sic the IRS on that obnoxious Israeli guy or something…

workingclass artist on March 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM

The thing that worries me is Obama is psychologically unable to handle ridicule and rejection. He’s getting BOTH in spades lately. His reaction to rejection domestically was to assume Dictatorial Power by executive decree.

The equivalent to that for his foreign policy would be to Nuke!

ConstantineXI on March 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

But surely someone in the Praetorian Guard would stop that…oh wait…

workingclass artist on March 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM

The Preen Lantern is not weak, he’s just sensitive.

Flange on March 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Drudge:

RUSSIA TAKES CONTROL OF CRIMEA…
LAUGHS AT OBAMA ‘SANCTIONS’; CALLS HIM ‘PRANKSTER’…
PUTIN TARGETS US SENATORS…
‘Breaking point’…
Biden in Poland to ‘reassure’ allies…

LilliPutin shakes in his boots, and…world assured by Biden :)

I’m ashamed of America, more than Michelette could ever be, the scumhag.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Israel Defense Minister: “America is showing weakness”

Not so..

We got pot…
Mobility..
Food stamps..
Free insurance…
unemployment comp out the wazzo…

Electrongod on March 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

S/b in quotes

RUSSIA TAKES CONTROL OF CRIMEA…
LAUGHS AT OBAMA ‘SANCTIONS’; CALLS HIM ‘PRANKSTER’…
PUTIN TARGETS US SENATORS…
‘Breaking point’…
Biden in Poland to ‘reassure’ allies…

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

What’s the issue? Dear Liar’s stated intention is to lighten America’s footprint in the world. He wants us to retreat and show weakness because he thinks America is the source of the world’s ills.

rbj on March 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Not so..

We got pot…
Mobility..
Food stamps..
Free insurance…
unemployment comp out the wazzo…

Electrongod on March 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Transgendered and gay rights in the mil. services, duh

How can you miss the most important part?

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Israel should what ever she wants to do to defend herself during the rule of this most incompetent President… If our enemies do not fear this fool Obama then should our ally Israel restraint herself because Obama wishes so… This man is too incompetent and too weak to do anything to our enemies or our allies… Everyone is on his own at least until January 20 2017…

mnjg on March 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM

But surely someone in the Praetorian Guard would stop that…oh wait…

workingclass artist on March 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM

They will blame Obama’s nuclear war on BooooshKochsRushLimbaugh.

ConstantineXI on March 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

We have Jeantel and the phone lady, duh

We promote “Non-workers, unite”, the new commie-sozi credo

We have a war on women counteroffensive

We hate minorities, from obama on down, but don’t tell anyone, Electrongod.

We hate the middle class, straight from obama’s heart, shhhh, Electrongod.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Nobody will replace the United States as global policeman.

Then the world can go pleasure itself.

– But we aren’t appearing weaker, we’re getting weaker. We aren’t going to have the strength to intervene even when it’s appropriate if we can’t get off these tracks.

Axe on March 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Kind of Mr. Obvious there Moshe, but someone has to say it – and our media and eGOP apparently won’t.

dentarthurdent on March 18, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Well if you wanted to see what the world would look like with a weak America you are getting an exclusive preview.

But hey “carbon pollution” is the key focus now.

Oil Can on March 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Nobody will replace the United States as global policeman.

Bullcaca. Enjoy your new masters, and God help you!

I hope the United States comes to its senses.

Joke of the times, especially considering the Rs.

If it doesn’t, it will challenge the world order, and the United States is the one that will suffer.

Must be kidding. The world will suffer the most. More than hating having the US as the world ‘capo’ is not having her as the world cop.

The cheering-for-obama stupid world will pay a hefty price for their compounded sheepledom.

Schadenfreude, pure!!! You cheered for him, you got him, twice. You learned nothing. He has not changed.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Obama will not take Putin’s ignoring him well. He will throw a hissy fit (probably blame it all on the GOP not going along with his super smart foreign policies or something). Nevertheless nobody will be madder than Obama.

I’m guessing the meltdown will be next week when he doesn’t pull of a G-7 meeting where everybody shows up and agrees to more sanctions against Russia.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Transgendered and gay rights in the mil. services, duh
How can you miss the most important part?

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Yesterday the main portal page of a particular DoD agency featured a photo of a just promoted Air Force LtCol with her wife.

dentarthurdent on March 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

WOW – the Israelis are becoming opaque in their disdain of Obama.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Who would have thought Jimmy Carter would be a statesman compared to Obama…

PatriotRider on March 18, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Not so..

We got pot…
Mobility..
Food stamps..
Free insurance…
unemployment comp out the wazzo…

Electrongod on March 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Transgendered and gay rights in the mil. services, duh

How can you miss the most important part?

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM

You both forgot the free birth control for the slutty Julia-types.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 11:46 AM

OT: Voting irregularities in Cook County already. My Republican primary ballot was kicked-back for “over-voting” though I only voted for one person in each race. I had the option of voting over or over-riding the system. Who knows if my ballot was counted.

Good luck Bruce Rauner.

will77jeff on March 18, 2014 at 11:46 AM

It’s not weakness. It’s deliberate.

Obama wants the USA foreign policy castrated and America neutered on the “world stage”. He wants to leave office having transformed America … into just another pathetic nation sitting at a big table at the UN.

And he’s having great success.

Once again. It’s not weakness. It’s deliberate.

chuckh on March 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Yesterday the main portal page of a particular DoD agency featured a photo of a just promoted Air Force LtCol with her wife.

dentarthurdent on March 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Yeah, and I’m sure they met since the repeal of DADT.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 11:48 AM

If this keeps up Putin may well take Georgia. The one just North of Florida.

Oldnuke on March 18, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Later, after the Israeli equivalent of a “come to Jesus” meeting with PM Netanyahu

An awkward phrase for a meeting of Israeli leaders.

aunursa on March 18, 2014 at 11:48 AM

OT: Voting irregularities in Cook County already. My Republican primary ballot was kicked-back for “over-voting” though I only voted for one person in each race. I had the option of voting over or over-riding the system. Who knows if my ballot was counted.

will77jeff on March 18, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Grandpa’s last wish was to be buried in Chicago. That way he could remain politically active. ;0

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Obama will not take Putin’s ignoring him well. He will throw a hissy fit (probably blame it all on the GOP not going along with his super smart foreign policies or something). Nevertheless nobody will be madder than Obama.

I’m guessing the meltdown will be next week when he doesn’t pull of a G-7 meeting where everybody shows up and agrees to more sanctions against Russia.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Scary to have someone who is both mentally deficient with a known psychological disorder (NPD) with his hands on the Nuclear Football isn’t it? In many ways this is scarier than nightmares I had of the Russians launching in the 80s.

ConstantineXI on March 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Israel Defense Minister:

Obviously Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon is a racist…

right2bright on March 18, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Kerry’s been shot at.

Ben Hur on March 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM

When one finally figures out that the leader of the anti-American club is running America then one knows there must be a problem.

albill on March 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Once again. It’s not weakness. It’s deliberate.

chuckh on March 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM

I get it, but I think you give him too much credit…

It is deliberate in the sense he doesn’t have the answer so he falls back on his ideology he was raised on. More of a knee jerk (emphasis on jerk) than a thoughtful response.

I really do not think he is that smart or wise…he skated through life on something that does not work in the real world.

right2bright on March 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM

I can’t help but picture King Putt in the role of Lord Beckett at the end of Pirates..3 – when his ship is being blasted from both sides and he’s walking down the middle muttering “but it was just good business” as the whole ship explodes.

dentarthurdent on March 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Hummmmmmm….. I’m begin’n to rethink global warn’n….. Vlad Putin may be able to control the weather…. Barry & pals not so much.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

You both forgot the free birth control for the slutty Julia-types.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 11:46 AM

We just got the list going.

Here’s a ‘smart’ moron.

GATES: Hike taxes on workers, increase immigration to fix unemployment…

Just yesterday he yacked against min. wage hikes. I said then that he advocates against the US workers.

I hope they all go to hell/Hell, beyond the 9th layers.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Therefore the only thing Ya’alon’s words really means is he’s about to make another trip to Bibi’s woodshed.

It’s important that people speak the truth, whether it will be acted upon or not. This idea that we all know things that we just don’t talk about is the start of huge problems.

What Ya’alon has said and been saying are important and true and it only helps the decent, civilized people of the West to have someone actually say these things out loud. He should keep talking and not let Bibi or anyone else shut him up.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Thank God that I live in Texas, and that we are working diligently to separate ourselves from The Dog Eater’s Amerika. The Texas Nationalist Movement is growing and becoming much more popular among the citizenry. Texas, after all, has all of the necessary resources and institutions to become independent of the mess that the libiots have made of what once was a great nation. Anyone who desires more info on the movement can check out the Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/texasnatmov .

bimmcorp on March 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Not so..

We got pot…
Mobility..
Food stamps..
Free insurance…
unemployment comp out the wazzo…

Electrongod on March 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Transgendered and gay rights in the mil. services, duh

How can you miss the most important part?

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM

GASP!! What’s that you say?? He FAILED to mention anything pertaining to gays??? He’s obviously a hate-filled bigot!!! He must be hounded from polite society at once! And his relatives and friends! Anyone who owed him money!

Clutch the fabulous pearls! We’ve got a H8TER on our hands!!!!

CurtZHP on March 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Don’t forget this

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

if this:

Israel values its partnership with the United States and, even if in the end it has to go it alone and attack Iran’s nuclear program, it will never do so while the United States is negotiating with the rogue nation.

is true, then Israel is already gone, for TOTUS will keep ‘negotiations’ open as long as he holds office, and thus giving Iran time to complete its nuke weapons ensuring Israel can never attack the program/defend itself in the future.

ginaswo on March 18, 2014 at 12:01 PM

OT (or maybe not)-

United States just told Syria to close their embassy here and return home. Unhappy with pace of turning over the promised chemical weapons.

Wasn’t this Kerry’s first diplomatic success, getting Syria to disarm all of its chemical weapons? Smart power marches on.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Scary to have someone who is both mentally deficient with a known psychological disorder (NPD) with his hands on the Nuclear Football isn’t it? In many ways this is scarier than nightmares I had of the Russians launching in the 80s.

ConstantineXI on March 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM

I remember the Cuban missile crisis, vividly. I’ve been on a destroyer that forced a Russian sub to the surface similar to the movie The Bedford incident only without the ASROC launch. Been to battle stations with a missile lock on a Russian trawler just a heartbeat from blowing the scumbag out of the water because he did something stupid. Played chicken with Russian warships in the Black Sea, tracked Russian bombers as our jets escorted them from our operating area and other incidents that seemed to occur on a daily basis back in the 60s and 70s. I felt more secure and safer then than I do now. At least then I had confidence that if the balloon went up I’d get to shoot back. Now I have confidence that the creep in the White House will pen another Executive Order and head for the golf course.

Oldnuke on March 18, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Kerry’s been shot at.

Ben Hur on March 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Mostly by himself.

Oldnuke on March 18, 2014 at 12:09 PM

The Texas Nationalist Movement is growing and becoming much more popular among the citizenry. Texas, after all, has all of the necessary resources and institutions to become independent of the mess that the libiots have made of what once was a great nation.

bimmcorp on March 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

I hate to break it to you but it is only a matter of time before Mexico will intercede to protect the rights of ethnic Mexicans living within the borders of Texas. They will engineer a referendum and soon you all will be annexed to Mexico City.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Gates is thinking globally, he can see the NWO that will control his product’s distribution .. and Gates is banking that he’ll still be able to make money on it!! hehe

bimmcorp on March 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

everyone LAUGHED at OBummer when he said 58 states (I’ve been to 57 states .. just one left to go) but when Co, Ca break apart there’ll be 59 and then Tejas secedes .. just sayin

I think it’s good we have someone preaching the truth out there .. even if he is more rspectful (sic) of the Connie than our GOPers!

GKChesterton99 on March 18, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Rush just now: Obama v. Putin = Prankster v. Gangster.

LOL! Putting the lack of seriousness of the rat-eared bastard in the world and America for having ever elected the lazy stupid son of a socialist.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 12:12 PM

I hate to break it to you but it is only a matter of time before Mexico will intercede to protect the rights of ethnic Mexicans living within the borders of Texas. They will engineer a referendum and soon you all will be annexed to Mexico City.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Well, my only response to that is, “Remeber the ALAMO!!!”…

bimmcorp on March 18, 2014 at 12:17 PM

‘Remember’…(sticky keyboard, here…)

bimmcorp on March 18, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Obamatons? “Whatever.”

Ward Cleaver on March 18, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Thank God that I live in Texas, and that we are working diligently to separate ourselves from The Dog Eater’s Amerika. The Texas Nationalist Movement is growing and becoming much more popular among the citizenry. Texas, after all, has all of the necessary resources and institutions to become independent of the mess that the libiots have made of what once was a great nation. Anyone who desires more info on the movement can check out the Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/texasnatmov .

bimmcorp on March 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Is this movement prepared to address the inevitable wave of refugees from the rest of the states should they succeed?

CurtZHP on March 18, 2014 at 12:20 PM

(sticky keyboard, here…)

bimmcorp on March 18, 2014 at 12:18 PM

You shouldn’t be visiting sites like that.

Tsk. Tsk.

CurtZHP on March 18, 2014 at 12:21 PM

CurtZHP on March 18, 2014 at 12:20 PM

You will be required to take the test to determine if y’all are infected with liberalism. All conservatives are welcome, but it’s best to get here before the secession…As for the web sites?? Bwahahahahaha…snort..snort…lost my coffee over that one, my friend…

bimmcorp on March 18, 2014 at 12:26 PM

You will be required to take the test to determine if y’all are infected with liberalism. All conservatives are welcome, but it’s best to get here before the secession…As for the web sites?? Bwahahahahaha…snort..snort…lost my coffee over that one, my friend…

bimmcorp on March 18, 2014 at 12:26 PM

So does that mean the independent Republic of Texas will deport Sheila Jackson Lee, Wendy Davis, and numerous others like them?

dentarthurdent on March 18, 2014 at 12:35 PM

You will be required to take the test to determine if y’all are infected with liberalism.

bimmcorp on March 18, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Well, I’ll ace that. I’ll even be willing to present my firearms for inspection to confirm they are of sufficient caliber and rate of fire to aid in the protection of the Republic.

CurtZHP on March 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM

So does that mean the independent Republic of Texas will deport Sheila Jackson Lee, Wendy Davis, and numerous others like them?

dentarthurdent on March 18, 2014 at 12:35 PM

I would guess that those parasites would leave of their own volition, as the Republic of Texas will not cater to the needs and whims of the lazy, stupid or immoral.

bimmcorp on March 18, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Well, I’ll ace that. I’ll even be willing to present my firearms for inspection to confirm they are of sufficient caliber and rate of fire to aid in the protection of the Republic.

CurtZHP on March 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM

No need for that, my friend. In Texas, it is assumed that y’all are adequately armed and in a position to defend yourself, your property as well as your country. We do NOT require registration nor inspections of your firearms… Your right to possess them is not to be infringed upon.

bimmcorp on March 18, 2014 at 12:45 PM

To heck with this outsider. What do our allies have to say?

You know, the “Palestinians”.

Hucklebuck on March 18, 2014 at 12:46 PM

The thing that worries me is Obama is psychologically unable to handle ridicule and rejection. He’s getting BOTH in spades lately. His reaction to rejection domestically was to assume Dictatorial Power by executive decree.

The equivalent to that for his foreign policy would be to Nuke!

ConstantineXI on March 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

What he needs to do is get into his jammies, heat up some hot cocoa, and have a serious internal dialogue on what to do with Russia.

Ukiah on March 18, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I hate to break it to you but it is only a matter of time before Mexico will intercede to protect the rights of ethnic Mexicans living within the borders of Texas. They will engineer a referendum and soon you all will be annexed to Mexico City.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Well, my only response to that is, “Remeber the ALAMO!!!”…

bimmcorp on March 18, 2014 at 12:17 PM

That didn’t go so well for the folks inside the Alamo. Maybe… do something before it gets to that point?

Ukiah on March 18, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Israel Defense Minister: “America is showing weakness”

Well duh. When you saw the ‘apology tour’ did you think that was just going to be a one-off?

s1im on March 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM

“Ya’alon scolded Obama for not being proactive in attacking terrorism…”

Another day, another scolding.

David Blue on March 18, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Ya’alon is reflecting the center-right thinking in Israel. Bibi thinks exactly the same, except Bibi is more responsible with his words because his position as the head of government necessitates this.

In this latest “frank” commentary he reflects not only Israel’s thinking but most of the world’s.

AlexB on March 18, 2014 at 8:36 PM

The equivalent to that for his foreign policy would be to Nuke!

ConstantineXI on March 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Who, Obama???? Yeah, right…

jimver on March 19, 2014 at 2:04 AM