Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, a group of former intelligence and military officials, warns President Obama in a memo that Israel is preparing to attack Iran this month, and that Obama needs to publicly denounce such an attack in order to prevent a wider war and the ultimate destruction of Israel.
“We write to alert you to the likelihood that Israel will attack Iran as early as this month. This would likely lead to a wider war,” states the VIPS memo, which is addressed to the President.
The letter is signed by Phil Giraldi, former CIA (20 years), Larry Johnson, former CIA; DoS, (24 years), W. Patrick Lang, Col., USA, Special Forces (ret.); Director of HUMINT Collection, Defense Intelligence Agency (30 years), Ray McGovern, US Army Intelligence Officer, CIA (30 years), Coleen Rowley, FBI (24 years), and Ann Wright, Col., US Army Reserve (ret.), (29 years); Foreign Service Officer, Department of State (16 years).
The memo highlights Netanyahu’s attitude to how pliable he believes the American government is to satisfying Israel’s demands, making reference to comments he made nine years ago on Israeli television.
“America is something that can be easily moved. Moved in the right direction. … They won’t get in our way … Eighty percent of the Americans support us. It’s absurd,” said Netanyahu.
“As we hope your advisers have told you, regime change, not Iranian nuclear weapons, is Israel’s primary concern,” states the memo, adding, “A strong public statement by you, personally warning Israel not to attack Iran would most probably head off such an Israeli move.”
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Israeli and Turkey in secret talks: Jago Report
An Israeli minister secretly met with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in order to thaw the deep chill in relations between former allies,
Channel Two television said the Trade Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer, who is on good terms with the personal Davutoglu, met in an undisclosed location in Europe in recent days. He did not specify the content of the meeting.
If confirmed, this would be the first meeting between the parties at ministerial level since May 31 bloody Israeli commando raid on a Turkish ship carries a fleet of aid to Gaza despite an Israeli blockade.
The incident, which killed eight soldiers and a Turkish dual citizenship US-Turkish relations, already strained ties broken between Turkey and Israel. Ankara recalled its ambassador and canceled three planned joint military exercises.
The two countries were close allies until their friendship soured strong Turkish critical environment of a devastating war with Israel on Gaza began in December 2008.
Relations were strained further when the Israeli deputy minister gave Danny Ayalon Ambassador of Turkey to a public dressing room in protest against a Turkish television series that shows Israel in a bad light.
But talks between Ben Eliezer and Davutoglu were hidden by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Minister exasperating hawkish and straightforward, Avigdor Lieberman, told Channel Two.
While not mentioning Ben Eliezer Davutoglu or by name, office Leiberman said talks had taken place without his knowledge or approval.
“The Minister of Foreign Affairs takes very seriously the fact that it occurred without informing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” he said in a statement.
“It’s an insult to the standards of acceptable behavior and a blow to the confidence between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister.”
A statement from the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had approved a request from Ben Eliezer to hold an informal meeting with a personality “Turkish” and lack of coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had been for ” technical reasons “.
Turkish PM to Join Gaza Aid Vessel with Naval Force
ISTANBUL: Turk Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was considering sailing to the Gaza Strip as part of an aid flotilla backed by the Turkish Navy.
Lebanese newspaper al Mustaqbal quoted security sources as saying that Mr Erdogan was pondering the move in order to break the barrier imposed against Gaza by Israel.
It said that “as part of the open conflict between Turkey and Israel following the massacre against the ‘freedom sail’ to Gaza and the protest sparked in the world, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan is considering going to Gaza himself in order to break the blockade imposed on the Strip.”
The sources said Erdogan raised the option in discussions with associates.
The report added that the Turkish leader also told the U.S. that he planned to ask his navy to escort another aid flotilla – but officials in Washington asked him to delay the plan in order to look into the matter.
The move followed strong criticism of Israel by Erdogan after Israeli armed forces killed several people on board an aid flotilla Monday, sparking widespread international condemnation.
When the possibility of Erdogan joining a flotilla was posed to Mark Regev, the spokesman for the Israeli prime minister, he said such a move was not a “realistic scenario” and dismissed it outright.
“Some of these reports must be taken with a grain of salt … I am not sure that is a realistic scenario,” he told Sky News.
“I prefer that we sort these things out peacefully. Nobody wants any saber-rattling. It does not do any good,” said Regev.
It is Turkey’s own 9/11 : OIC Calls for Global Action against ISRAEL
The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has called for the formation of an international investigation committee to probe Israel’s deadly attack on Gaza-bound aid ships.
“I have invited our OIC Ambassadorial Groups in both New York and Geneva to act in concert in favor of the adoption of an international stand condemning this odious crime and of lifting the lawless blockade on the Gaza Strip,” OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said on Saturday in the Saudi city of Jeddah.
The OIC called an emergency meeting of foreign ministers in the wake of a deadly Israeli assault last Monday that killed nine people onboard the flagship of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, MV Mavi Marmara.
“The Israeli aggression against the Freedom Flotilla represents a policy of piracy, criminality and state organized terrorism, but this time, it exceeded all the red lines,” he added, calling for a transparent inquiry.
Demanding an Israeli apology and an international investigation into the incident, Davutoglu said it was the first time in the history of Turkey that its citizens had been murdered by soldiers of another country. “It is Turkey’s own 9/11,” he said.
The secretary general also urged continued extension of all kinds of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip in all fields, “in view of the size of the humanitarian tragedy endured by the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.”
Earlier on Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Tehran would offer “a set of tangible and practical proposals to stop Israeli atrocities in the Gaza Strip and resolve the crisis in the sliver.”
The densely-populated Gaza Strip has been under a crippling Israeli siege since 2007.
The Freedom Flotilla was seeking to pierce the Israeli-imposed blockade of the impoverished coastal strip and pass much needed aid to Palestinians still recovering form last year’s three-week Israeli attack.
Defying international condemnation of the attack, Israel stormed another aid ship, the Rachel Corrie, in international waters on Saturday.
Israel has release seven of the activist onboard the ship while the rest remain in detention.
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