Israel's defense minister said Tuesday the U.S. has halted talks with Israel about curbing West Bank settlement construction and resuming peace talks with the Palestinians because Washington is distracted by the WikiLeaks release of secret documents.The kicker here is the snide reaction of Hillary stooge P.J. Crowley, who when last seen was sending birthday wishes to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Here you have a nation that has been under siege for 62 years and has managed quite fine. Yet now in response to Barak, Crowley suggest they Israelis are too pre-occupied with their forest fires.
Ehud Barak told a parliamentary committee that Washington was busy dealing with fallout from the release of diplomatic memos on the WikiLeaks website, as well as with tensions between North and South Korea.
Those issues have pre-empted contacts over Israeli settlements and peace talks, he said. "For now the matter has been stopped entirely, because of the Americans' lack of attention and concentration," Barak said.
In Washington, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley denied that the U.S. was holding up the talks. "The process has not stopped," he told reporters. "Our efforts are not suspended." He said that instead, perhaps Israel was preoccupied with putting out a huge forest fire that burned until Sunday.This is smart diplomacy, treating one of our most staunch allies like this? The fire in Israeli lasted what, a few days? Is he implying the Israelis can't continue doing what they've been doing for decades--negotiating some non-existent peace with those sworn to obliterate them--just because of some fires?
It speaks volumes when our State Department officials blow kisses to a psychopath like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yet treat our friends like garbage.