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Drama In Netanyahu's Security Cabinet

by Oui Sat Feb 20th, 2021 at 08:23:34 AM EST

The Trump - Kushner - Pompeo wrecking ball failed to level the Islamic Republic of Iran. Netanyahu has spent six years to send the UN JCPOA nuclear treaty to the waste bin of history. Trump losing the historic election was unable to push the button. Trump's dilemma was between his personal LOSS, need to stay in power on the home front, and clear the decks in order to sabotage the uneventful new presidency of "sleepy Joe". Trump failed on all fronts, except he's doing well splitting the Republic party in two from Mar-y-Lago.

Trump had to get rid of close allies who refused to play along with the president's end game. He ousted Pentagon military leadership, DHS officials and DOJ who refused to throw the election his way. Pompeo stayed on his post as a true Trump believer to do the unheard damage to the State Department instead of accepting election defeat of his boss and take part in a smooth transition.

In my analysis from afar, just as in 2012 with the Obama veto, this time it was just chance that the US and/or Israel didn't attack the Islamic Republic of Iran. The coming months will see the security leaks and be witness how near disaster Trump took America.

The Capitol Riot failed president Trump in blocking US Congress accepting the Electoral College votes. Its failure may have prevented an attack on Iran also. Pelosi alert about the nuclear football wasn't without reason. The Republican party has become treacherous to America, the Constitution and Democracy.

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Senior Israeli Source-Netanyahu Threat Against Iran is a Bluff | Tikun Olam |

Over the past few days, Israeli leaders including a senior minister and army chief of staff have offered bellicose threats to attack Iran should the U.S. re-enter the JCPOA nuclear agreement. Pres. Biden promised this during the campaign, and his Secretary of State Tony Blinken re-affirmed it during his recent confirmation hearing.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and former Pres. Trump did their best, before Biden assumed the presidency, to restrict the incoming administration's maneuvering room regarding Iran. They collaborated on both the assassinations of the founder of Iran's nuclear program, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, and al Qaeda leader, Abu Muhammad al-Masri.  A year earlier, a similar joint intelligence collaboration led to the U.S. assassination of Qassem Soleimani.  All of these were designed to wreck any potential rapprochement between Iran and the U.S.

Now that Biden has declared his intent to rejoin the original nuclear deal (and to propose expanding it based on new provisions), Netanyahu realizes he must keep pulling new rabbis from his magician's hat.  The result is the increasingly strident noises emanating from Israeli officials.  It began with Bibi confidant, Tzachi HaNegbi declaring war was inevitable if Biden returned to JCPOA ...

In threat to Israel, Iran positions 'suicide drones' in Yemen | Hayom - Jan. 14, 2021 |

Report: IDF drawing up plans to strike Iran's nuclear program | Times of Israel - Jan. 14, 2021 |

My posts recently on the threats from Kochavi to the Biden administration ... be assured these warnings have registered in Biden's White House, the true seat of global power once capable persons have filled the seats.

IDF Chief Kochavi Warning On Iran: "We'll act if Biden doesn't ...

    If 2015 JCPOA would've been allowed to be fulfilled, Iran would've gotten a nuclear weapon. Nothing in agmnt to have stopped it... Going back to 2015 JCPOA, or even back to a deal w minor corrections, would be wrong & bad. Can't allow it.

These signals meant for Biden and his NSC, there was no time to waste. This explains a lot why there was no call to Netanyahu and on policy towards Iran, Joe did a summersault. US European partners couldn't believe their ears when Biden spoke yesterday, the NATO plans were not on this new page of policy towards Iran. Even Macron, Merkel and Johnson were in the "tough talk" mode on Iran just a few days ago! Bravo to a good start in his first 100 days.

In opposition to Democrats and especially Joe Biden, Israel and Netanyahu has a friend in Russia's Vladimir Putin. Many common interests in wealth, corruption and the art self-preservation to stay in the seat of power.

Israel to Pay Russia Millions for COVID Vaccine for Syrians | Times of Israel |

Israel is said to have agreed to purchase an unknown number of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine doses for use in Syria as part of the deal for the return of an Israeli woman who was held by the Syrian regime after crossing the border two weeks ago. The woman arrived in Israel on Friday via Moscow and was being debriefed this weekend by the Shin Bet security agency.

According to a report (Arabic) in the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat on Saturday, Israel is funding the purchase of Sputnik V doses for Damascus as part of the prisoner exchange deal with the Assad regime. The Ynet news site reported Saturday that Israel’s purchase of the vaccine doses was to the tune of over a million dollars.

Reports of the existence of an unpublished part of the agreement circulated widely in Israeli media, but the details were barred from publication by the military censor. Knesset member Ahmad Tibi has hinted that it relates to vaccination doses; MKs are not bound by the censor.

To circumvent the Israeli political gag order, the story was first published on the blog of Richard Silverstein in the USA …

Israel paying millions to supply COVID-19 doses to Syria | Al Jazeera |

At the request from Netanyahu, Vlad won't tell ... they have too many common interests in wealthy billionaires from Russia and Ukraine who are exiled in a home inside Israel and have become citizens with a Golden Key membership card.

To tighten the Russia-Israel partnership …

Yad Vashem and Holocaust: Putin's Private Party

Chabad, Vekselberg, Putin and the Schneerson Library

Netanyahu's Voice in Israel with great appreciation to the late Sheldon Adelson ...

Netanyahu: 'Business as usual with Iran' will be a mistake | Hayom - Dec. 14, 2020 |

Israel hints it may not engage Biden on Iran nuclear strategy| Hayom - Feb. 17, 2021 |

Bibi boasting in 2015, already an historic miscalculation and may lead to his downfall this election ...

In Speech To Congress, Netanyahu Blasts 'A Very Bad Deal' With Iran  | NPR - March 3, 2015 |

Watch and read: Netanyahu's full speech to Congress | Times of Israel |

The revolt wasn't necessarily in the mob towards the Capitol, the revolution on US foreign policy took already place inside Biden's transition team.

Works in progress ...


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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 20th, 2021 at 08:24:31 AM EST

[links added in article are mine - Oui]

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

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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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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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World Jewish Congress President applauds Pope Francis' unprecedented visit with Holocaust Survivor

Now on the ME peace effort and advancing a Palestinian State ... 🌗🌑🌑

Abie Nathan - In Memory

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 21st, 2021 at 02:39:45 PM EST

Til Kingdom Come takes a sober look at Israelis' and Evangelicals' spiritual-political pact, which spans the dirt-poor backwaters of America to the halls of Jerusalem power.

... believes the Promised Land was bequeathed by God to the Israelis.

Until, that is, Armageddon, at which point two-thirds of all Jews will perish during the seven-year Tribulations, and the remaining third will be converted to Christianity. Devout Christians will be spared this hellish conflict by the Rapture, and then, following Jesus' return to Earth, they will claim Jerusalem for themselves.

Bush's Jews for Jesus Speaking Gig Troubles his Pro-Israel Friends | The Atlantic - Nov. 2013 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 21st, 2021 at 06:10:23 PM EST
Reports: Israel bought vaccines for Syria as part of prisoner swap deal | Ynet News |

Speaking at a news conference Saturday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "not one Israeli vaccine" was involved in the deal.

But he did not address the issue of whether Israel paid for Russian vaccines, and he said Russia insisteer on keeping details of the swap secret.

The Prime Minister's Office has declined further comment.

Gideon Saar, a former Netanyahu ally who is now running to unseat him in the March 23 elections, said Sunday that the government's "censorship of something that Damascus and Moscow know about, and Israeli citizens don't, is incomprehensible."

Israel and Syria remain in an official state of war and Israeli citizens are officially prohibited from visiting Syria. Israel has conducted hundreds of airstrikes on Iranian-linked targets in the country since the start of its civil war a decade ago.

Palestinian Authority: Israel, as occupying power, must provide COVID-19 vaccines to the Palestinians | Gulf News

Delivery of vaccines to gain influence: SARS CoV-2 Diplomacy.

Gaza receives 20,000 Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine doses from UAE | France24 - 3 hrs ago |

    Last week, Mohammed Dahlan, a former top member of Abbas's Fatah party now exiled in the United Arab Emirates, announced the delivery of the vaccines as a "generous grant" from Abu Dhabi.

    Dahlan, currently a security adviser to UAE strongman Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, has claimed credit for the delivery, which some Palestinians are seeing as a political move ahead of May and July legislative and presidential polls.

Once again the Gulf States are intervening and competing to sow division, not in pursuit of peace or humane treatment. Dahlan is a traitor to the Palestinian people, worked as agent for Israel and now for the UAE Sheiks. Hamas had been funded by Qatar, the Muslim Brotherhood. Same feud blocked peace in Libya, Syria after US/NATO intervention for regime change. UGLY

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Should really make sure they are save. I recommend the latest in covid swab technology.

by generic on Mon Feb 22nd, 2021 at 11:55:39 AM EST
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Caught off-guard by a tar and oil invasion on its shores ...

Israel investigates tar spill calamity, places inquiry under gag order | JPost |

... CNN video

Israeli Oil Spill Is a 'Severe Ecological Disaster' | EcoWatch |

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Israeli Aerospace Engineers Earned Tens of Millions Illegally Selling Advanced Missiles to China

Chinese investment in Haifa port could compromise US-Israel intelligence sharing: Report

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Meretz fails to enter the Knesset in TV poll; Netanyahu still short of majority

A month ago ...

Israel Elections: Poll finds Bennett will decide who is prime minister | JPost |

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