Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lashed out at Israel last night in a speech at the far left Brookings Institution. Panetta blamed Israel for its growing isolation.
Meanwhile, Egyptian Islamists, whose party is on course to take control of parliament, told rivals to accept the election results today.
An Egyptian woman stands in front of a campaign banner in Arabic that reads, “The Freedom and Justice party,” on the second day of parliamentary elections in Alexandria, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. Polls opened Tuesday for a second day of voting in Egypt’s landmark parliamentary elections, the first since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in a popular uprising earlier this year. (AP/Tarek Fawzy)
The AP reported:
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called on Israel Friday to “reach out and mend fences” with Turkey, Egypt and other security partners in the Middle East, saying he is troubled by the Jewish state’s growing isolation in the volatile region.
He also urged Israeli leaders to do more to restart peace talks with the Palestinians and underscored President Barack Obama’s determination to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. He called Iran “a very grave threat to all of us” and said any Iranian disruption of the free flow of commerce through the Persian Gulf is a “redline” for the U.S.
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In a speech at a Brookings Institution forum, Panetta said that while Israel is not solely responsible for its isolation, it could more actively attempt to reverse the trend.
The Obama Administration supported the “Arab Spring” movement in Egypt and Tunisia, two former allies of Israel. The Muslim Brotherhood won elections in both of these countries. Now the US is lashing out at Israel for its “growing isolation.” Why is this not surprising?