Brain Bush’s Blog

Late Night Diplomacy

  • By : Brian Bush
  • November 20, 2012
  • 9:17 pm

Greetings All!

I have had a busy day – with three re-writes of this blog because everything keeps changing.

At this hour there are several things happening;

US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is in Cairo, Egypt – soon to land here in Israel where she will go directly into a late night meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu at his official residence.

She is largely being seen over here as bearing a blunt message from President Barak Obama for Israel not to escalate the situation with Hamas in Gaza by carrying out a potential ground operation there. America wants Israel to accept an Egyptian brokered truce allegedly scheduled to start at midnight.

That will be difficult for Israel to do tonight as one soldier and one civilian have died from mortar fire in two different instances.

The Israel Air Force has intensified it's airstrikes on the strip at this hour.

Clinton will stress America's work to contain Iran, the turbulent condition in the Middle East, and the possibility that Israel's actions could prompt Hezbollah in Lebanon to react.

Another tell-tale development occurred this afternoon with the US Navy announcing that it was sending three additional ships (there are already four off the coast of Israel) to stand bye if needed for the purpose of evacuating American Citizens should it become necessary.

The other warships in the Mediterranean are there to respond to an Iranian strike on Israel as these ships have the capacity to shoot down ballistic missiles.

This lends itself to the idea that America is concerned Mr. Netanyahu may dare to strike Iran's nuclear facilities and thus set off an Iranian response that will potentially drag the region into conflict with Israel.

The Secretary of State was not scheduled to visit here – and was with President Obama in Burma when the decision was apparently made for her to come.

The United Nations Secretary Ban Ki-Moon is meeting with President Shimon Perez right now as he travels the region trying to influence leaders to use their influence to bring about a cessation of violence.

I will have a full report from here on the ground in Jerusalem tomorrow on the Harvest Show so be sure to tune in.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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