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'US ignored Israel's warnings of radicalising trends in Arab'

US ignored Israels warnings of radicalising trends in Arab

Jerusalem: In spite of Israel's repeated warnings to the United States about "radicalising trends" in post-revolution Arab states the US "preferred to find excuses" and did not pay heed to the problem, top Israeli diplomatic sources told a local daily.

The United States was "burying its head in the sand" for months before the recent attacks on American embassies in North African states, one of the sources said.

Senior Israeli Foreign Ministry officials told daily 'Ha'aretz' that during their conversations with their American counterparts they have focused on what Jerusalem terms "radicalising trends against not only Israel but also against the United States and the West in general."

One of the most recent such meetings took place a week ago, during a visit to Jerusalem by the acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs, A Elizabeth Jones, the daily reported.

"The Americans were constantly trying to supply explanations and excuses for events in the post-revolution Arab states, and simply ignored the problems," a senior Israeli official was quoted as saying.

"In practice the administration's ability to affect events in the Arab world has decreased immensely," he added.

The Barack Obama administration, which since the beginning of the Arab Spring has aided, directly or indirectly, the forces that brought down the dictatorial regimes in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and Lybia, now finds itself in a position of "helplessness", the daily reported.

The attack on the consulate in Benghazi, in which the US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was killed, and the storming of the US embassies in Tunis, Sanaa and Cairo, proved the great hostility towards the United States and the unwillingness of these countries' new leaders to challenge domestic public opinion, it stressed.

The Foreign Ministry official presented the example of Tunisia, which was expected to be moderate despite the rise to power of the Muslim Brotherhood, to drive home his point.

Several weeks ago Israel's ambassador to Poland, Zvi Rav-Ner, reported that the Tunisian ambassador to Poland had been called back to Tunisia unexpectedly, ending her posting there.

Rav-Ner in his report added that all five women serving as ambassadors of Tunisia in various countries had been recalled at around the same time.

The Israel embassy in Washington was reportedly instructed to inform about the matter to the State Department and determine whether it was aware of the development.


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