2 + 2 still = 4

August 16, 2006

JERUSALEM (AFP) –
Israel’s army chief Dan Halutz reportedly offloaded his stock portfolio hours before the Jewish state unleashed a massive offensive in Lebanon and the stock market tumbled.

According to the Maariv daily, Halutz sold the shares at noon on July 12, three hours after two soldiers were seized by Hezbollah in a cross-border raid and as Israeli artillery began to pound the positions of the Shiite militia in Lebanon, the paper said.

Seymour Hersh in the current issue of the New Yorker writes,

“According to a Middle East expert with knowledge of the current thinking of both the Israeli and the U.S. governments, Israel had devised a plan for attacking Hezbollah—and shared it with Bush Administration officials—well before the July 12th kidnappings.”

He also writes,

“Bush’s strongest supporter in Europe continues to be British Prime Minister Tony Blair, but many in Blair’s own Foreign Office, as a former diplomat said, believe that he has “gone out on a particular limb on this”—especially by accepting Bush’s refusal to seek an immediate and total ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah. “Blair stands alone on this,” the former diplomat said. “He knows he’s a lame duck who’s on the way out, but he buys it”—the Bush policy. “He drinks the White House Kool-Aid as much as anybody in Washington.” The crisis will really start at the end of August, the diplomat added, “when the Iranians”—under a United Nations deadline to stop uranium enrichment—“will say no.”

Lord Levy is the Prime Minister’s Personal Representative in the middle east and the Foreign Office publishes his appointments diary at www.fco.gov.uk/Files/KFile/Lord%20Levys%20Diary%202006.doc

 

He appears to have been quite busy this spring and summer, meeting Palestinians like Yasser Abed Rabbo, Saeb Erekat and the President, Mahmoud Abbas, but no-one from the elected Hamas government. He went on from Ramallah to meetings in Jerusalem.

 

 

25 April 2006

Jerusalem

US General Dayton

25 April 2006

Jerusalem

Ehud Olmert, Israeli Prime Minister

26 April 2006

Jerusalem

Major General Amos Yadlin, Head of Israeli Intelligence

26 April 2006

Jerusalem

Tzippi Livni, Israeli Foreign Minister

26 April 2006

Jerusalem

Amir Peretz, Israeli Defence Minister

27 April 2006

Jerusalem

Haim Ramon, Israeli Minister of Justice

 

12 June 2006

UK

Ehud Olmert, Israeli Prime Minister

13 June 2006

UK

Ehud Olmert, Israeli Prime Minister

 

 

 

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