Posted September 20th, 2012, 02:44 AM
The Email from the former Navy Seal in Jeruselum was sent out on 16th September to his brother in the United States. The brother was so concerned about the e mail that he has sent it on to his contacts and that is the way I have come into posession of it. I too was concerned and felt that I could not just sit on it and ignore it. The brother's concern in Israel is that many Israelis feel that they do not have the support of Obama and that Obama is more interested in appeasing the Arab countries than he is with Israel.
He is also convinced that an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities is imminent by Israel with or without the support of the US. Netenyahu has asked for a meeting with Obama on several occasions and has not even got a reply. He feels that if Iran produces a nuclear device then it will only take just one bomb and Israel is finished. It is a matter of survival for Israel. His focus is on the Iran Israel issue and not so much on what is going on in the Sinai and he mentions Egypt's tank deployment there as an aside. I am aware of some unrest in that area about a month ago which Egypt blamed on "Terrorists" but he does not mention that in the e mail. He is so concerned about what is happening in Israel especially during the last two weeks that he has moved his family back to the US. He has witnessed the troop movements and other defensive activities by the Israeli military himself and has other information backing that up from his contacts within the IDF and the US.
I have probably said too much in this e mail and just hope I havent compromised anyone.
I am not prepared to name individuals for their own protection.
I AM NOT SCAREMONGERING. I AM PASSING ON INFORMATION THAT HAS CONCERNED ME FOR THE BENEFIT OF ANY INTERESTED PERSONS READING THIS THREAD and I hope, Ruth that you take it in that context.
It's kinda hard to respond without getting political about people's various visits to the USA so I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens.
I agree with Pushka- it's difficult to respond without getting political- and this board is not the place for political discussions. So, I will respond with simple facts:
- All that you have written can be found in pretty much any newspaper. But, as has been noted by several posters, the news outlets have their own agendas, and one finds that identical events are reported differently around the world- and there are many times that initial reports are followed by corrections or even total rescindnations. For example, initial reports about the inflammatory film which has caused a world wide uproar claimed it had been produced by an Israeli American. A day or so later it was revealed that there was no truth to those reports, and that the film was the work of Egyptian Coptics.
- Regarding Israel and Obama: this is an election year, and there is a lot of posturing going on. Obama not replying to Netanyahu's calls? Do you really think that would happen? When those initial reports came out in the press, within a day follow up reports came out about a flurry of back and forth phone calls between them. Is there some irritation between the two of them? Could be, but they are world leaders, and they do not ignore each others' calls. While their locations may not allow for an in-person meeting, they are in touch. Neither country is making decisions or moves about Iran without consulting the other.
(BTW, the claims you write of about Israelis feeling that Obama just wants to appease the Arabs is such old and out of date news that posting it is sort of inflammatory. Israelis are very aware that, in fact, Obama has been very supportive of Israel.)
- Can just one nuclear bomb destroy Israel? Yes. Israel is a very small country, with most of of its population concentrated in a central region, so yes, all it will take is one bomb to destroy it. So, of course, with Iranian leaders constantly calling for Israel's destruction, everyone here is focusing on Iran's nuclear activities.
- Regarding troop movements: I'm not seeing it, and no one I know has heard anything about any special troop buldups. Keep in mind that the Israeli military and Home Front command are constantly running drills. Maybe he came across one of them unexpectedly? Over the years, that's happened to us on several occasions while traveling about the country. It's quite a sight, and I can imagine that someone who was unprepared for it could get shaken up. Personally, I find them very reassuring (which bothers me for a whole set of 'hippie' reasons, but that's a discussion for a philosophy board, not CC).
- Regarding your navy seal moving his family out Israel: well, that's his personal decision. I'd never tell anyone to visit or stay here if they don't feel comfortable or safe. What I can tell you is that there has been no call by any foreign government for their non-essential personnel to leave, and that Israelis are staying put. I haven't checked, but I don't think there are any new travel alerts up, either.
- I can assure you that you haven't compromised anyone by anything you have posted. As I said, it's all been in the papers for quite a while, and much of it is so outdated that it is actually false.