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    • Rammer
    • 21.04.11 | 02:17 (IDT)

    Was Siever present at the meetings in which these revelations were made, or is it second hand reporting? And this is only one of the problems with these leaks. They do not make clear if the author of the cable was actually a witness to the event. Another problem is the context. Were these remarks made over coffee, over drinks when every body was a bit in his cups, or in a business meeting. All this report says is that an unnamed advisor spoke to American officials about Netanyahu’s willingness to join the cabinet if Olmert initiated moves “to galvanize Israel for action against Iran.” According to the earlier report by Aluf Benn, the wording was to "support him [Sharon] if he acted against Iran before the elections.” These words fall in the vast grey area between no action and launching war. They probably merely intended to sound off the Americans on how far they were willing to go against Iran. They certainly do not mean that Netanyahu had in mind the unilateral bombing of Iran.

    from the article: Haaretz WikiLeaks exclusive / Netanyahu agreed to join Olmert's government if Israel attacked Iran
    First published 01:24 21.04.11 | Last updated 01:24 21.04.11
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