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he Jewish News caught up with Orli Gil, the Israeli
consul general to the Midwest based in Chicago,
on her Dec. 2 Metro Detroit visit for meetings
coordinated by the Jewish Community Relations Council of
Here is some of what she told us:
• WikiLeaks — "They did not show any-
thing new. We've said all the time that Iran
is not an Israeli problem, but a Western
problem. That the moderate Arab countries
are scared of Iran is no secret."
• Islamic Republic — "Iran is the power
behind every radical Islamic terrorist
movement, from Al Qaida in the east to
Hezbollah and Hamas in the Middle East,
as well as every radical attempt to bomb American planes or
• Iran sanctions — "The right way to go is diplomatic and
economic steps, i.e., sanctions. The Iranian regime, unlike
North Korea, does need the international community and is
vulnerable to the pressure of the sanctions."
• Relations with the U.S. – "It is very clear that during the
Obama administration the shared values of the U.S. and
"The Chofetz Chaim, Rabbi Yisrael Meir
Kagan of blessed memory, the unequaled
rabbinic leader of the 20th century, taught
us that one who provides the wherewithal
Israel are kept. The special relationship goes on. The involve-
ment of the U.S. for the QME [qualitative military edge] of
the Israeli army has stayed untouched, and we have ongoing
strategic dialogues. The U.S. has stepped out and helped us
at the United Nations:'
• Negotiations — "Israel is there at the table for a long
time waiting for the other side to come. Israel has no precon-
ditions whatsoever. The recognition of a Jewish state is not a
• Palestinian Authority — "It was ridiculous to say there
is no Jewish connection to the Western Wall or that Rachel's
Tomb is a mosque. They are Jewish holy sites and what we are
doing there does not harm them in any way. We cooperate fully
with UNESCO and international conventions. The Palestinians
are exploring new ways of getting [U.N.] resolutions against
• Jerusalem — "Jerusalem is clearly, in our eyes, not part
of the settlements. Building is in legitimate parts of our
Israeli capital. But we will talk about all neighborhoods in
Jerusalem during negotiations:'
• Hamas-held Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit — "This is an
issue of human rights. We must make sure the world doesn't
forget about him. I don't envy any Israeli prime minister, who
has to decide between one blood and the other. If we release
all the prisoners they want, a new intifada [uprising] would
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