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  •  I wouldn't be too sure that (7+ / 0-)

    Netanyahu is asking permission from Obama for these raids, or even giving him advance warning.

    •  Yes, I was thinking that was a rather bold (1+ / 0-)
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      undocumented assertion.

      Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

      by Smoh on Mon May 06, 2013 at 04:56:50 AM PDT

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    •  I'm Betting I Have More Emails From Netenyhu (3+ / 0-)
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      than Obama does.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon May 06, 2013 at 05:07:56 AM PDT

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    •  Probably last-moment notification (0+ / 0-)

      But maybe not true advance warning. "By the way you might see an uptick in northern air operations in five minutes or so. Just thought you might like to know."

    •  Nope (0+ / 0-)

      Obama has Netanyahu's number. Do you remember what happened when Obama landed in Israel on his last visit? He basically got Netanyahu to apologise to Erdogan about the Mavi Marmara. Netanyahu was sidewiped by 'Please proceed Governor' Obama. The trip was all smiles between 2 men who obviously loathe each other on a personal level but the politics of the situation made the pretence necessary.  But if you don't think that Obama was determined to assert himself after Netanyahu lectured him in the White House, then you're wrong.

      As for this particular attack, I highly doubt it was a surprise to the Americans. Given what is going on in the Middle East right now, the White House and US military would be strategising daily on this. This is too big for it to not be agreed to beforehand. I think that the nonchalant US response and Hagel moving the conversation towards considering sending lethal weapons is part of that strategy. Israel likes to play that it's some lone wolf but it usually can only play a limited role in the Middle East. For example, look how Israel was kept out of the Gulf Wars.

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