Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reports that Israel’s foreign ministry had for several months been warning the United States about potential attacks on its embassies and consulates by radical Islamists.
Photo: U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed in Benghazi, Libya, Sept. 11, 2012.
Israeli diplomats commented that Washington seemed to be burying its head in the sand in the months leading up to the recent attacks on US missions abroad, including the attack in Libya which killed US ambassador Christopher Stevens.
As an example of Washington’s increasingly timid policies in the Arab World an Israeli diplomat gave the example of Tunisia which has reportedly removed the few female ambassadors which were serving in the country’s foreign embassies, a move which the US refused to criticize.
This latest incident follows Washington’s refusal to criticize the new drafts of the Tunisian constitution which includes an article prohibiting any normalization of relations with Israel.
Israeli diplomatic sources quoted in the article go on to say that with the US being a major financial donor in the Arab World, the question of why security assistance for Washington’s missions in the region seems to be disappearing suggests that America’s influence in the Middle East has been dealt a serious blow.