Pamela Geller, American Thinker: Uproar in Georgia over U.S. Ambassador’s Pro-Palestinian Maneuvering


the story I broke there in December: that the U.S. Ambassador to Georgia told Georgia's Prime Minister to vote at the UN for a "Palestinian" state. This contradicts official Obama administration policy, but given Obama's manifest hostility to Israel, is entirely believable.

Uproar in Georgia over U.S. Ambassador's Pro-Palestinian Maneuvering
By Pamela Geller American Thinker, January 9

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Republic of Georgia is in an uproar.  Prime Minister Bidzina
Ivanishvili has issued a statement about the explosive revelations I
broke in the American Thinker in December:
that the U.S. ambassador to Georgia, Richard Norland, whispered in his
ear to vote in favor of the U.N. resolution declaring a "Palestinian"
state, which is diametrically opposed to official U.S. policy.

why should anyone be surprised?  People actually seem taken aback by
the nomination of the virulently Jew-hating Chuck Hagel as secretary of
defense, when actually everything in Obama's foreign policy points to
this very tendency.  If Obama had appointed John Bolton, or anyone else
pro-Israel, that would have been a shock.  But the kapos are wringing
their hands over Hagel?  Really?  Obama's anti-Israel stance has been
fiercely consistent, as I exposed in my 2009 true-life political
thriller, The Post-American Presidency.

revelations about Ivanishvili and Norland that I reported were based on
statements made by Gabriel M. Mirilashvili, a noted Georgian
businessman and owner of a corporation.  Just before the
November 29 United Nations vote granting non-member-state observer
status to "Palestine," Mirilashvili, who is the vice president of the
Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, as well as head of the World Congress of
Georgian Jews, had a meeting with Ivanishvili. Mirilashvili stated that
when he had urged Ivanishvili to oppose the Palestinian statehood
resolution, Ivanishvili told him that Norland had recommended that
Georgia vote in favor of the resolution.

in both countries inform me that in Israel as well as in Georgia,
politicians and ordinary people alike were shocked by the revelation
that an American ambassador, an Obama appointee, would be quietly
directing a nation to vote against what is actually official U.S. policy
— which either makes him a renegade or shows Obama and Clinton to be
two-faced liars and hypocrites who oppose a Palestinian state publicly
while supporting it and working for it privately.  After my article was
published, high-ranking government officials in Georgia's Ministry of
Defense were removed from their posts.  There are rumors that the deputy
defense minister is going to be removed as well.

Gabriel Mirilashvili, apparently feeling under pressure, wrote a letter to the editor of the Israeli internet portal izrus.co.il,
which had reprinted part of my article, saying that he did not know me
and had not spoken to me about his meeting with Bidzina Ivanishvili.

this was not the point.  I never claimed that I spoke directly with
Mirilashvili. In my article, I wrote only that "this information comes
from Gabriel M. Mirilashvili." And so it was predictable that
Mirilashvili's attempt at deflection didn't calm the controversy in
Georgia.  Prime Minister Ivanishvili ultimately had to make a statement
himself.  In it, he confirmed that he had indeed met with Gabriel
Mirilashvili and that they had spoken about politics.

Georgian journalist then asked the prime minister about his
conversation with Ambassador Norland; Ivanishvili responded curtly that
that conversation was part of "a process that is not for talk — about
who, what, and to whom was said."  Notably, he did not say that the
now-notorious conversation had not taken place at all.

That's as close to a confirmation as you're going to get from a politically careful and savvy prime minister.

the U.S. ambassador to Georgia would advise that nation's prime
minister to support a Palestinian state is shocking, but not surprising.
 It's certainly plausible that as Obama continues to abandon freedom in
his support of Muslim Brotherhood and sharia revolutions and regimes in
Egypt and elsewhere, he would be taking behind-the-scenes steps to
further the international isolation of Israel, the only democracy in the
Middle East.

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