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Israel remains defiant amid allies’ growing anger

29 Mar 2010

BBC News – Israel remains defiant amid allies’ growing anger – see excerpts from this article (bulleted) below my comments

In addition to the range of comments by Israelis on this issue, I find the conclusion of Franks’ analysis interesting: But Israel’s belief in its exceptionalism, and the impatience currently shown by two of its closest allies, may point to a deeper rupture. Is there a chance that Britain and the US would finally temper some of their”guaranteed” support of Israel? Netanyahu is definitely not backing down in any real ways. He obviously thinks it is worth the gamble.

tags: news, Israel, Mossad, Britain

  • As relations between Britain and Israel continue to unravel, in Jerusalem many Israelis feel that the outside world still fails to understand the problems – and threats – their country is facing.
  • Such cordiality evaporated this week with the expulsion of a senior Israeli London-based diplomat who, by common consent, appears to have been the Mossad London station chief.

    The Government’s anger was stoked by the apparent use of fake British passports in the assassination of the top Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January.

  • A right-wing Israeli Member of Parliament reached into strangely Maoist terminology, and called the British “dogs”.

    A commentator in a right-of-centre newspaper argued that “millions of Muslims live in Britain, and Gordon Brown needs their votes in the upcoming elections”.

    At the other end of Israel’s brightly coloured political spectrum, a resident of one of the country’s most stalwartly socialist kibbutzim, or rural collectives, e-mailed me to say that “if Israel was directly or indirectly involved in the Dubai incident then there’s no limit, apparently, to the arrogance and stupidity of this regime/administration”.

  • But Israel’s belief in its exceptionalism, and the impatience currently shown by two of its closest allies, may point to a deeper rupture.

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