Ha’aretz clears up what Gen. Petraeus said about Israel and U.S. interests, but look how the third paragraph sloppily sows confusion:
Petraeus denies saying Israel endangers lives of U.S. troops
By Amir Oren and Natasha Mozgovaya
Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the U.S. Military’s Central Command, telephoned Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi Wednesday to deny the reports he had blamed Israeli policy for the failure to reach a regional solution and for endangering the lives of U.S. soldiers in the Middle East.
This was not the first conversation between the two generals. The two had met at Petraeus’ initiative not long ago, but in Israel they were surprised that the commander of CENTCOM broke the news of the conversation yesterday before a lecture in New Hampshire, as here efforts were made to adhere to an American request to keep exchanges under wraps.
Earlier this month, Petraeus warned the Pentagon that “America’s relationship with Israel is important, but not as important as the lives of America’s soldiers,” in a posting on the Foreign Policy Web site.
The phrase, “America’s relationship with Israel is important, but not as important as the lives of America’s soldiers,” was never a direct quote from Petraeus, but an assertion by the author of the Foreign Policy piece, Mark Perry. Maybe it’s a question of poor translation, but Ha’aretz leaves the impression that Petraeus is withdrawing a remark he never said.