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israel launches counter-insurgency
israel is taking drastic measures to stem the tide of an insurgency in their host nation - they're sending a new foreign minister to DC to quell the natives . . .
Israel's foreign minister has arrived in the United States amid worries that the Jewish state's main ally could shift course after a report urged Washington to redouble Mideast peacemeaking efforts.
Tzipi Livni will meet with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other officials during her visit, which will focus on the repercussions of a report released Wednesday by the Iraq Study Group, her office said Friday.
"This trip will be an occasion to review with her counterparts the report and to ["discuss"] its meaning," a foreign ministry spokesman said.
That report said progress towards Arab-Israeli peace was key to saving Iraq.
It also called for direct US talks with two of Israel's most fearsome foes, Syria and Iran, the latter of which is believed to be steaming ahead in its bid for nuclear weapons.
A day after receiving the top-level commission's report, the United States and Britain signalled the start of a renewed diplomatic push in the region.
President George W. Bush promised "concerted efforts to advance the cause of peace" and said British Prime Minister Tony Blair would soon travel to the region for talks with Israel and the Palestinians.
The prime minister's visit was to set the stage for Rice, in early 2007, to make her eighth trip in two years to Israel and the Palestinian territories, Rice's spokesman said.
She goes to personally deliver quarterly reports.
The renewed focus on Mideast peacemaking and growing domestic pressure on US leaders to end the imbroglio in Iraq has Israelis worrying about a possible policy shift by Bush, who for six years has largely ignored the intricacies of Mideast peacemaking.
Israel's leading newspaper, the Yediot Aharonot daily, said Bush was "trying to change his policy" and slammed the Iraq report, accusing its chief authors James Baker and Lee Hamilton of ignoring Israel during its preparation.
"If the truth be told, they barely paid any attention to us," the newspaper lamented. "For 14 years, Israel enjoyed warm and pampering attention under Clinton and Bush. Now, in light of the catastrophe in Iraq, Baker and Hamilton wish to restore us to our proper proportions."
And you aint seen NOTHING yet.
If the American People have their way, israelis will have to make friends with their neighbors post-haste or find themselves up a bloody creek without a McDonnell Douglas paddle.