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By Michael P. Orsi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Avi Dichter
When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had to fill a sensitive Cabinet post recently, he turned to an old army buddy from his days in an elite commando unit.
Israel's prime minister launched a diplomatic offensive Sunday to pressure the United Nations to retract a report accusing the Jewish state of war crimes in Gaza, after its lead author publicly disavowed some of its most incendiary charges.
When Israeli Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom left his post as foreign minister in 2006, his staff checked to see which country's counterpart he had met with most often. The answer, as it turned out, was not the United States, or a European Union state, and not one of Israel's Arab neighbors.
RAMALLAH, West Bank — Mahmoud Abbas got a major boost in his increasingly bellicose showdown with Hamas yesterday, with a U.S. diplomat saying he expects a crippling embargo to be lifted after the Palestinian president appoints a government without the Islamist militants.
"We lost people today who could have been with us if they had just followed instructions," said Avi Dichter, the Cabinet minister in charge of Israeli civil defense.
"They refused to be convinced by hard evidence," he said. "It was a fully biased team."