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    • LT COL HOWARD
    • 19.12.10 | 08:05 (IST)

    Your prime minister was correct in rejecting “US promises” without getting them firmly defined in writing. Even then, I warned that promises would be revised, reneged upon, ignored, and renegotiated to extract additional concessions. Elliot Jager has written an excellent article on the subject. I wrote a classified memo for US government agency. Neither of us mentioned the failure of the US government and the UN to prevent Hezbollah from rearming. Further, even though Syria was involved in attempting to build a clandestine nuclear program and in arming Hezbollah the US sought to warm up our diplomatic relations with Syria, if that had succeeded it would have been at the expense of Israel. Israel is responsible for its own defense Prime Minister Netanyahu is doing a good job Israelis should be grateful. While I am a member of the US team, I am not proud that some of the promises that I made in good faith had been violated. And I expect that many more US promises will be violated. Again, Israel is responsible for its own defense. Once territory is given up it cannot be retrieved. And you are dealing with an enemy who is willing to make commitments with the expectation that when he gets the upper hand he will continue to destroy you.

    from the article: Arab states preparing UN resolution against Israeli settlements
    First published 01:39 19.12.10 | Last updated 01:39 19.12.10
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