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The real message Netanyahu should take from Biden's phone call

There were any number of ways it could have gone.

In 2001, George W. Bush called Ehud Barak seven days after the inauguration for what was described as an "introductory conversation" that lasted a mere seven minutes. Bush knew that Barak was up for re-election in a matter of weeks and was predicted to lose. Nevertheless, the call was made.

In 2009, Barack Obama called Ehud Olmert the day after the inauguration, a sign of how important the Middle East was to his foreign policy agenda.

In 2017, Donald Trump called Benjamin Netanyahu two days after the inauguration, a sign of how important the relationship with Israel was and would become for his administration.

Joe Biden surpassed them all. He took his time and waited almost a month - until Wednesday night - to place his first phone call to Jerusalem.

But as the days dragged on and the call didn't come, it was clear that a message was being sent, and that it was personal. This wasn't about a change in policy, like when the White House intentionally sought to create daylight with Israel during the Obama era, but rather something simpler: the Biden administration wanted to show that it won't play according to Netanyahu's beat.

The nuanced differences in how Biden, Netanyahu see their call - analysis Lahav Harkov

Biden condemns Israel by visit in 2010: 1,600 homes to be built in East Jerusalem settlement

In an unusually strong statement issued after he arrived 90 minutes late for a dinner with the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Biden said: "I condemn the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units."

He said the blueprint for Ramat Shlomo, an ultra-Orthodox settlement in an area of the West Bank annexed to Jerusalem, "undermines the trust we need right now and runs counter to the constructive discussions I've had in Israel".

Syria Expendable In Joint US-Israel ME Power Schemes

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 21st, 2021 at 10:56:17 AM EST

A Palestinian demonstrator displays a shoe on a banner showing then-prime minister Ehud Olmert and -defense minister Ehud Barak, during a protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah, January 5, 2009 (Issam Rimawi/flash90)

Breaking the law, former leaders of Israel as Prime Minister or President ... politics plays its part in Israeli corruption.

From Barak to Netanyahu, every prime minister since 1996 has been the subject of a corruption investigation | Al Jazeera |

Ties of Ehud Barak

Ehud Olmert: Corruption cases

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu in court as corruption trial resumes

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 21st, 2021 at 11:12:50 AM EST
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Netanyahu In 2001: 'America Is A Thing You Can Move Very Easily' | Huff Post |

A released video of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could add some additional strain to the sometimes tense relationship between him and President Obama.

In the video, which is from 2001, Netanyahu -- who reportedly did not know his speech was being recorded -- speaks frankly in Hebrew about relations with the Clinton White House and the peace process.

    As noted in Haaretz, Netanyahu seems to boast of his knowledge of the US by saying, "I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won't get in their way."

He also boasts of manipulating the U.S. in the ongoing peace process, as the Washington Post points out:  

    "They asked me before the election if I'd honor [the Oslo accords]," he said. "I said I would, but ... I'm going to interpret the accords in such a way that would allow me to put an end to this galloping forward to the `67 borders. How did we do it? Nobody said what defined military zones were. Defined military zones are security zones; as far as I'm concerned, the entire Jordan Valley is a defined military zone. Go argue."

The video was broadcast on a TV program called "This Week With Miki Rosenthal" titled "The Real (And Deceitful) Face of Benjamin Netanyahu."

From the diaries by Shergald ...

Netanyahu: 'America ... A Thing You Can Move Very Easily'

Using 9/11 to Israel's advantage by equating Palestinian quest for independence to the Al Qaeda terrorists. Netanyahu refused to recognize the Oslo Accords. Extremism all around ... George Bush and being a new-born Christian was a simple pushover by Rumsfeld, the Pentagon and US politics.

Xenophobia and Islamophobia ... Roots of Today's Triad of Evil

Conflated a decade later with ...

Xenophobia, Israel, Alt-right and the Jewish Question

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 21st, 2021 at 11:48:36 AM EST
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It has become the key player in the region and Maestro in Evil

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 21st, 2021 at 07:03:18 PM EST
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