"Israel is not training terrorists to subvert its neighbours. It has not shipped weapons into a place like Iraq to kill thousands of innocent civilians covertly," Gates said. Israel kills thousands of civilians overtly, as in Lebanon 2. There is no reason for them to be covert about it. Considering Israels callous disregard for the killing of civilians, it is remarkable that Gates considers Israel no threat to its neighbors. It is said that a politician can beleive a thousand impossible things before breakfast. Gates surely is the poster child for this homily.
Germany's Merkel says military efforts needed in Syria but they won't end war (Reuters)
from the article: Gates: Israel doesn't pose nuclear threat like Iran