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This week, Israel came within hours of having new elections, for the fourth time in 18 months. At the last moment, the country received a reprieve. That reprieve was not the result of any torturous negotiations, but by the grace of a decision made by one person — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The prospect of a new election emerged after the judge presiding over Netanyahu's trial on charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust decided those proceedings would start in January and be convened three full days each week. Based on the court's ruling, which requires the prime minister to be present during his trial, Netanyahu fears the state's Attorney General could determine he would no longer be able to fulfill the duties of his office. As a result, Netanyahu would be compelled to temporarily step aside and allow Defense Minister Benny Gantz to take over. Netanyahu harbors hope that a new election might bring him the absolute majority that has eluded him so far, and which would allow for the passage of laws to grant him immunity from prosecution.

If Israel schedules a new election in March, Netanyahu is likely to demand his trial be delayed until after that vote — after all, would it be fair for Netanyahu to have to go to court three days a week, instead of campaigning?

The reasons why Netanyahu is able to unilaterally decide the answer to a question with such profound consequences for the country are worth exploring. It is not in the interest of Netanyahu's Likud party, nor is it in the country's interest as a whole, to hold a new election. Israelis have already gone to the polls three times in the last year, and as a result of COVID-19, the country is deep in the grip of the most significant economic and health crisis in its history.

How is it possible that despite being part of a large, diverse party, the opinions of one man, i.e., Netanyahu, are never questioned? Even though Netanyahu has been indicted and charged with serious crimes, not one single Likud Minister is willing to break away from him publicly.

The best answer to how Netanyahu maintains such firm control can be found by looking at the United States. How did a proud Republican Party, the party of free trade, immigration, support of NATO, and proponents of a firm, age-old policy of confronting Russia, go along with President Donald J. Trump's policy agenda, most of which constitutes an anathema to the traditional values of the party? How could the Republicans go into an election with no platform other than a rallying cry for support of Trump? In the case of Netanyahu and Trump, it is social media and the continual, systematic delegitimization of their respective political opponents that serve as fuel for their power.

During the past few weeks, Netanyahu and Trump have used remarkably similar rhetoric, both calling protesters “anarchists,” “haters of” (Israel, the United States, respectively), and immediately labeling anyone who opposes them an “enemy of the people.” Recently, a large banner went up outside the Prime Minister's residence, calling all leftist “traitors.”

Netanyahu claims, without any proof, that leftist demonstrators have threatened his life and the lives of his family. Earlier in the month, the Prime Minister went even further, sending a letter to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit (the same Attorney General who will decide whether or not Netanyahu can continue to serve as Prime Minister once his trial begins), accusing the AG of doing nothing about the death threats, implying that if anything happens to the prime minister Mandelblit would have blood on his hands. Netanyahu, who likes to play the victim, then shared his letter on social media.

And here is where we get to the second element of the equation: Once we have defined our political rivals as the enemy — not only our enemy, but enemies of the state — or as Trump likes to call the press, “The enemy of the people,” anyone who supports any of “those people” must be a traitor.

All these inflammatory partisan political statements are amplified on social media. In the US, Trump uses Twitter and Facebook; while in Israel, Netanyahu utilizes the same media, plus WhatsApp groups, which are very popular here. Through the power and reach of social media, hundreds of thousands or even millions of people know, in an instant, precisely what Trump or Netanyahu thinks about something, or more importantly, someone.

In the United States, traditionally independent US Senators dare not open their mouths to criticize Trump, for fear that will Trump turn his social media ire against them. Likewise, Likud members who might oppose some of Netanyahu’s actions dare not disagree or denounce them, for fear that they risk the wrath of the thousands of Netanyahu faithful, if they do.

Much has been written about the dangers posed by social media in spreading fake stories and disinformation. However, we simultaneously celebrate the fact that social media is also a great leveler, giving a voice to many who had previously gone unheard. That being said, now it is time to think about other consequences of the medium — i.e. how social media can be an exceptionally useful tool in a populist leader's hands, to discourage discussion, dampen dissent, and swiftly shut it down. Shoving the social media genie back into the bottle is impossible. Nevertheless, we urgently need to understand the unintended adverse consequences generated by social media and its profound power, not only to reshape society, but to be controlled and manipulated by leaders in highly destructive ways. We must find solutions to regulate the use of social media in ways that can address these problems the sooner the better.



Trump Duped by Netanyahu into Hating the Palestinians

According to excerpts from ‘Rage’ published by U.S. media, at a time when Trump was wondering if Israel was the obstacle to peace with the Palestinians, Netanyahu showed him a fake video to steer him away from pro-Palestinian sentiments.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented U.S. President Donald Trump with a doctored video which showed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas CALLING FOR THE MURDER OF CHILDREN , former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Bob Woodward in his new book “Rage”.

The incident occurred on May 22, 2017, at a time when Trump was beginning to have doubts about Netanyahu and wondering aloud if the Israeli prime minister might be the real obstacle to peace with the Palestinians, Woodward wrote, according to excerpts from the book published by U.S. media.

A day after watching the “spliced-together” video intended to “counter any pro-Palestinian sentiments that were surfacing,” Trump confronted Abbas, calling him a “murderer” and “liar,” and shortly after ordered the closure of the Palestinian representative office in Washington and cut nearly all U.S. aid to the West Bank, Gaza and Palestinian refugees.

TRUMP TO ABBAS (after being lied to by Netanyahu): “You are a murderer and a liar!”

On May 27, 2017, Haaretz covered reports of shouting during a meeting between Abbas and Trump, and was told by a top Palestinian figure that “there is a power struggle here for the president’s ear and of course the Paletinians aren’t in the best position.”

As described by the Jewish Insider, which obtained an advance copy of the book, Woodward portrays a strained relationship between Tillerson (pictured) and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who was tasked with resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Tillerson believed Netanyahu’s relationship with Kushner, whose family he had known for many years, was “nauseating to watch.”

KUSHNER and NETANYAHU . . . a close relationship

” . . . nauseating to watch.” — Rex Tillerson

After Kushner had shown Tillerson several versions of the Middle East Peace Plan, Tillerson told Kushner that Palestinians “are not going to care about your money . . . That’s not going to buy you peace.”

Tillerson was sacked in March 2018 and was replaced by then CIA director Mike Pompeo.

Bob Woodward’s latest book, “Rage” is an intimate and damning account of Trump, drawing from hundreds of hours of interviews, including 18 interviews with Trump lasting nine hours, as well as correspondence and confidential documents.

The book, slated to be published on September 15 [ today ], provides details of the U.S. president and some of his top aides, and concludes with Woodward’s assessment of Trump as “the wrong man for the job.”

Sourced from Haaretz
by Information Clearing House


Netanyahu and Trump Share The Tactics - History

Opinion: Though PM’s base is still with him, center and left-wing voters change tactics, alongside those used to stay home and bemoan the current state of affairs, reaching a boiling point and rallying in the street

Baruch Leshem

In Israel, the Likud party released a very unusual campaign video of the eccentric billionaire and reality TV host Donald Trump endorsing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“There is nobody like him, he’s a winner, he’s highly respected, he’s highly thought of by all,” the future U.S. president said in the video. “So, vote for Benjamin. Terrific guy, terrific leader and great for Israel.”

Trump had later said that he received the text straight from the Prime Minister’s Office. But why did Netanyahu think that an endorsement by an American celebrity would help sway voters in Israel? Could it be that already then he foresaw Trump’s escapades in the American political scene? When Netanyahu looks at Trump, he sees his political and media reflection.

Both men’s background could not be more different. Trump was raised by a rich building contractor with his whole world revolving around real estate and the future wealth of his children. His spiritual world was nearly non-existent, having no time for any philosophy, politics or science.

Netanyahu, on the other hand, was the son of a history professor whose world view was completely anchored in ideology. In his book, “A Place Among the Nations,” Netanyahu presented his historical and political manifesto based on his wide critique of the Zionist movement’s relations with the world in general and the Arab community in particular.

start=0&autoplay=0null&loop=0&controls=1&mute=0Nevertheless, these two men who were raised so differently, utilize their media skills in a similar way.

Trump realized very early that media exposure through newspapers and especially television would help his businesses. His demeanor and ability to talk to the media was something to behold. Lee Atwater, a senior adviser to former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, asked Trump if he was willing to become the vice-presidential candidate for the 1992 election campaign. Trump agreed, but Atwater never got back to him.

Netanyahu started his way as a sales manager for a furniture retailer, later becoming a consul at the Israeli embassy in Washington and envoy to the UN. He slowly garnered a lot of media attention in Israel, with the now-defunct newspaper “Hadashot” projecting the 1996 elections would be a battle between him and Ehud Barak.

Both Netanyahu and Trump’s election campaigns share a central motive – us versus them, the “bad people.”

This tactic has already become the main weapon in the arsenal of right-wing leaders wanting to stir up the public’s emotions.

Attacking another person’s ideas is for overthinkers while labeling them as “dangerous people” is far more effective and can cause more pain.Trump utilized the Latin American “migrant problem,” calling them people coming into the country to steal jobs from hardworking Americans. He demonized them, calling them “drug dealers, criminals and rapists,” painting this picture of an endless convoy of migrants coming to the border, set to wreak havoc in the U.S.

Netanyahu has pretty much made the term “left-wing” synonymous with “traitors.”Those who cooperate with Israeli Arabs endanger the nation’s security and existence. “The Arabs are flocking to the polls,” he said during the 2015 elections as he worked to motivate his party’s electorate to go out and vote. Truth is an afterthought at best for both these leaders. A rule of thumb in the political world is to refrain from saying things that are not factually true – not because it is immoral, but because it can be disproven.The basic premise is that credibility is an essential character trait in a political leader. How else are we going to believe his campaign promises, if he has already been seen as untrustworthy?

Trump and Netanyahu turned the public’s lack of trust into trustworthiness. If they are faced with a fact they do not like, they immediately label it as “fake news.”

There is no need to deal with truths when you can claim they are spread by liberals and leftists. In the eyes of their voters, their words are entirely believable while the opposition is believed to be willing to say anything in order to remove their beloved leader from power.

Both are faced with legal battles that influence their political conduct. Trump, who until recently enjoyed immunity as U.S. president, is expecting to face criminal charges once he is out of office for extortion, bribery, sexual harassment, tax fraud, and perhaps more. Netanyahu is already on trial on charges of corruption.

They are desperately trying to remain in power, fighting the so-called “deep state,” a cabal of progressives and leftists, attempting to sell their country to Iran, China, Israeli Arabs, and ISIS.

Both Trump and Netanyahu have used their media superpowers to sow discord in order to boost their electoral basis. But this has come with a price – awakening the moderate and undecided voters and motivating them to vote.

Trump managed to whip up his voter base to the point of ecstasy in his rallies but ultimately lost the election when his opponent, now President-elect Joe Biden, managed to get people to the polls in numbers unseen in nearly a century. Their patience with him was completely depleted due to his endless wave of lies and insults.


ɾndangering Israel'

In a rare public warning, the head of the Shin Bet internal security agency said on Saturday that increasingly extreme online discourse could lead to violence.

While condemning violence and incitement, Mr Netanyahu, 71, repeated his designation of the Lapid-Bennett coalition as a dangerous leftist alliance.

"This government is endangering Israel with such a danger the likes of which we have not seen for many years," he said.

"We, my friends and I in Likud, we will vehemently oppose the establishment of this dangerous government of fraud and surrender. And if, God forbid, it is established, we will bring it down very quickly."

Mr Netanyahu said the politically diverse new coalition would not be able to stand up to the United States if Washington returns to a nuclear deal with Iran nor deal forcefully with Gaza's Hamas militants, who engaged Israel in 11 days of cross-border fighting last month.

He also criticised Facebook and Twitter, saying the two social media platforms, which he uses extensively, had been blocking legitimate right-wing criticism of the Lapid-Bennett coalition.

Mr Netanyahu said Facebook had removed a right-wing post that included the address of a legislator where a protest had been set to take place.

In the end, Israel's once untouchable leader was brought down by a friend-turned-enemy

For more than a decade, Israel's longest-serving leader has wielded a seeming invincibility, batting off crises and scandal to remain in power. But now a team of rivals, led by Benjamin Netanyahu's former protege, are joining forces to unseat the Prime Minister.

He said a left-wing post that listed the same address but called on demonstrators to support the lawmaker had not been taken down.

"It's a scientific case, simply scientific, clinical, that proves an attempt to shut up the right-wing," Mr Netanyahu said.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A spokesperson for Facebook said: "Privacy and the protection of personal information are important to helping people feel safe on our services".

"Under our global Community Standards, we do not allow people to post personal or confidential information about others, including people's addresses and phone numbers, therefore we remove such content once we become aware of it."


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The mountain of evidence against Trump’s ties with Russia may still be circumstantial, but it is daunting nonetheless. By law, Trump may be innocent until proven guilty, but the only way to deny that something is rotten in his ties with Moscow is to shut your ears, eyes and mind to the glaring facts before you. One has to be extraordinarily stupid, biased, corrupt, cynical - or any combination thereof - to believe that this is all some vast liberal conspiracy or what Trump describes as a Democratic hoax or fake news. Or so one would assume.

The same is true, mutatis mutandis, with Benjamin Netanyahu. An inordinate number of his advisers, associates and family members have been interrogated, investigated, disciplined and prosecuted in recent years for a variety of crimes and misdemeanors, from sexual harassment to massive corruption. Netanyahu himself is the target of two separate police probes that we know about and he recklessly turned a blind eye, at best, to the involvement of his closest confidantes in two of the most recent and potentially most devastating investigations in Israel’s history, the first concerning the multi-billion dollar purchase of German submarines and the second involving mammoth government perks allegedly given to Israel’s largest communication company, which just happens to be owned by Netanyahu’s friend.

And yet, despite the preponderance of separate corruption cases with Netanyahu seemingly at their center, and despite the fact that both the attorney general and the chief of Israel’s police were appointed by Netanyahu himself or that their decisions to investigate against him were taken only after months of hesitation and foot-dragging, Netanyahu has the temerity to argue that he is the victim of a sinister plot. That the Israeli media, over which he exerts more control any other leader in the democratic world, have joined forces with his political rivals and, somehow, the New Israel Fund and possibly George Soros, to oust him from office and to undermine his democratic election by the Israeli people.

skip - Netanyahu's Facebook post on what he called 'fake news' reports

In order to be able to stick to his outrageous assertions, Netanyahu has refrained from giving interviews to Israeli media for over a year, a boycott he bizarrely interrupted close to midnight on Thursday in an interview with two sycophantic “journalists” from a right-leaning television channel that would have been deemed overly obsequious even in Pyongyang. Adding insult to ignominy, Netanyahu even adopted Trump as his role model. After blasting his media enemies and their hoax news in the interview, Netanyahu went to Facebook to lambaste the media’s efforts to “brainwash” the Israeli public. He plastered the words “fake news” over the logos of Israel’s main media outlets, with the obvious exception of those owned by his benefactor, Sheldon Adelson, or those that agree with him otherwise.

And just as Republican lawmakers have continued to defend Trump, despite all the evidence to the contrary, and Republican voters rebuff the allegations against him as a feverish liberal invention, so have some - though far from all - Likud figures adopted Netanyahu’s outlandish accusations and conspiracy theories to attack the leftist media’s insidious plots and, by their twisted extension, Israel itself. We don’t have the same up-to-date polls, but rest assured that a solid bloc of Likudniks and right wing voters are convinced that the suspicions against Netanyahu were trumped up by his political opponents, aided and abetted by self-hating Jews, who joined forces to exert pressure on the police and law authorities to launch four separate investigations in which Netanyahu is directly or indirectly involved, against their better judgment.

There are various reasons for this willful suspension of disbelief, many of which have been widely discussed in the U.S. media in recent weeks. These include, hyper partisanship, which idealizes unquestioning loyalty and demonizes the other side social media echo chambers, which encourage outlandishness and corrode objectivity sheer stupidity, of course and what Jennifer Rubin has scathingly described as the GOP’s “moral rot.” The willingness of millions of people, in America as well as Israel, to prefer unhinged claims about secret cabals hatching mysterious plots over what seems to be basic logic and incontrovertible evidence, supported by supposedly trustworthy public institutions including courts, attorneys and police investigations, should not surprise Jews. Throughout their history, they have frequently been the victims of similar artificially induced cases of mass hysteria aimed at diverting attention from someone else’s political woes.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu applauds as U.S. President Donald Trump gestures while delivering an address at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem May 23, 2017 JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS

What is left unresolved, at least for this writer, is the degree to which both Netanyahu and Trump actually believe their own BS. Have they deluded themselves to the point that they are convinced of their own spotlessness or are they cynically inciting against the leftist/media cabal in order to provide a scapegoat for their base and to keep its members focused and loyal. Here the two leaders are not exactly the same: Netanyahu is an intelligent, well-read and often careful leader who has often proven his ability to conduct himself rationally, as in his handling of this weekend’s terror attack on the Temple Mount. Trump, on the other hand, is all over the place about everything, and has yet to reassure the world that his rants against the media are somehow separate from his overall perceptions of the world.

In both cases, however, Trump and Netanyahu are using the same diversionary tactics and inflammatory incitement employed by authoritarians, strongmen and dictators since time immemorial. In the "Origins of Totalitarianism," Hannah Arendt writes about the appeal of overarching, mysterious conspiracy theories for what she condescendingly calls “the masses.” The masses are not interested in facts but in the “consistency” of their world. They long to escape coincidences and vagaries of fortune and yearn for “an all embracing omnipotence, which is supposed to be at the root of every accident.” They seek a “consistency which is more adequate to the human mind than reality itself.” By providing this need, she writes, totalitarian movements shut off their constituents from the real world and thus enhance their hold over them.


Trump And Netanyahu Take On The Globalist Cabal

Romans carry the treasure and religious artifacts they stole from the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Rome has been gone for fifteen centuries, yet Jerusalem is once again the capital of a free Jewish state.
Copyright: Sodabottle [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

It seems that Providence has brought together the unlikeliest of comrades, President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu and put them in charge of the global forces of good, the Armies of the Sons of Light. Only they have the slightest interest in confronting the Nazi Germany of our times, the ayatollah’s Iran. Only they seem to care about freedoms, both personal and national. Only they are brave enough to call out the Sons of Darkness by name: Globalists, Radical Islamists, Socialists, Communists. Only they are willing to confront the corrupt judicial establishments in Israel and in America alike. Only they do not feel compelled to bend the knee in front of the feckless, cowardly, corrupt generation of senior officials and generals that form much too big of a slice of the American and the Israeli intelligence services, law enforcement agencies, and the military.

Only Trump and Netanyahu are willing to not only protect their own people like Viktor Orban in Hungary, but to do so publicly, fearlessly, for all to see. Gulliver-like, both leaders drag behind them, stuck in their flesh, the puny arrows of corrupt prosecutors and their lackeys in the so-called “press”. Both are assaulted by “witnesses” threatened within an inch of their lives to bear false witness against them. When one such witness recanted his testimony against Netanyahu, testimony that was dragged out of him by the arrest of his entire asset portfolio, he was immediately thrown in jail and the corrupt Israeli police are now plotting how to ruin his life once and for all. And who can doubt that the only reason for Manafort’s trials and tribulations is his brief stint as Trump’s wingman in the campaign? Who can argue that had he not taken that job he would be now wearing the finest Italian wool, not prison orange.

Israeli “commentators” fill the screens with diatribes on how Trump and Netanyahu concocted the American recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli sovereign territory for no other reason than deflection from their supposed “corruption”. How both leaders are “isolated” around the world, how the declaration is meaningless and dangerous. The collapse in the polls of the concocted, astroturfed Blue and White party, custom made by corrupt Israeli elites to take down the most successful prime minister Israel has ever had is driving Netanyahu’s enemies mad. “Traitor!” Shouts Blue and White Number two Yair Lapid. This from a guy who did nothing his whole life other than tell corny jokes on TV, a job he inherited from his father.

None of this matters. Netanyahu will win in a landslide in two weeks’ time and so will Trump a year and a half from now. Americans and Israelis have no desire to give up their national identities, their money, and most importantly their honor just to become canon fodder for the globalist scheme to Islamicize the two remaining bastions of freedom in the world and enslave them to a corrupt version of the third Abrahamic faith. The outcome is not in doubt, but that does not mean that the forces of Islamo-globalism and Islamo-fascism do not have to be eradicated. They do, and the sooner the better. The main reason Netanyahu and Trump are so hated by the enemies of freedom is that they refuse to play by the rules set up by the enemy. They refuse to prefer the fake “high-road” that is so enamored of various “establishment” “conservatives” in both countries. They call this “high-road”, these “principles” out for what they are, nothing but a thin and threadbare cover for cowardliness and petty greed.

Let’s face it, the never-Trumpers, the Mitt Romneys and the Paul Ryans and their equivalents in Israel like Dan Meridor and Benny Begin, are not even kidding themselves anymore. Even they do not believe that they act out of “principle”. They simply assess that the forces of Islam and multi-cultural globalism will prevail and are trying to carve out for themselves a place in the new world or at least not get hauled to the gas chambers. The really sad part is that these people are neither uneducated nor dumb. They know history. They know that their gambit for self-preservation is doomed to failure. And yet their cowardice is such that they prefer the death of slaves with perhaps the slightest of delays to taking part in the fight, a fight they think of as doomed from the start.

I won’t deny it. It is sad to see a nation like New Zealand, a nation founded by two proud warrior peoples, the English and the Maori, surrender without a fight and voluntarily put itself in the handcuffs of Islam. Churchill knew what he was talking about when he said that nations that go down without a fight disappear from history, while those who die fighting, may yet recover their former glory. Two thousand years ago, the Jews in Judea refused to surrender without a fight, refused to be absorbed into the shapeless glob that was the Roman empire. They lost the battle, but where is the Roman empire now? Titus Arch with its relief of stolen Jewish treasure stands in ruins, while the Jews are rebuilding the ancient capital where this treasure once resided.

Noble losses are better than shameful surrender, but glorious victories are much better yet. The war isn’t over, the struggle against the evil that is Islamic globalist fascism has just begun. Let us cast our lot with leaders who know how to win and get it done.


Israel's Netanyahu lashes out as end of his era draws near

JERUSALEM — In what appear to be the final days of his historic 12-year rule, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not leaving the political stage quietly.

The longtime leader is accusing his opponents of betraying their voters, and some have needed special security protection.

Netanyahu says he is the victim of a "deep state" conspiracy. He speaks in apocalyptic terms when talking about the country without his leadership.

"They are uprooting the good and replacing it with the bad and dangerous," Netanyahu told the conservative Channel 20 TV station this week. "I fear for the destiny of the nation."

Such language has made for tense days as Netanyahu and his loyalists make a final desperate push to try to prevent a new government from taking office on Sunday. With his options running out, it has also provided a preview of Netanyahu as opposition leader.

For those who have watched Netanyahu dominate Israeli politics for much of the past quarter century, his recent behavior is familiar.

He frequently describes threats both large and small in stark terms. He has belittled his rivals and thrived by using divide-and-conquer tactics. He paints his Jewish opponents as weak, self-hating "leftists," and Arab politicians as a potential fifth column of terrorist sympathizers. He routinely presents himself in grandiose terms as the only person capable of leading the country through its never-ending security challenges.

"Under his term, identity politics are at an all-time high," said Yohanan Plesner, president of the Israel Democracy Institute, a non-partisan think tank.

It is a formula that has served Netanyahu well. He has led the right-wing Likud party with an iron fist for over 15 years, racking up a string of electoral victories that earned him the nickname, "King Bibi."

He fended off pressure by President Barack Obama to make concessions to the Palestinians and publicly defied him in 2015 by delivering a speech in Congress against the U.S.-led nuclear agreement with Iran.

Although Netanyahu was unable to block the deal, he was richly rewarded by President Donald Trump, who recognized contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital, pulled out of the nuclear agreement and helped broker historic diplomatic pacts between Israel and four Arab nations.

Netanyahu has waged what appears to be a highly successful shadow war against Iran while keeping Israel's longstanding conflict with the Palestinians at a slow boil, with the exception of three brief wars with Gaza's militant Hamas rulers.

The situation with the Palestinians today is "remarkably the same" as when Netanyahu took office, Plesner said. "No major changes in either direction, no annexation and no diplomatic breakthroughs."

But some of Netanyahu's tactics now appear to be coming back to haunt him. The new Biden administration has been cool to the Israeli leader, while Netanyahu's close relationship with Trump has alienated large segments of the Democratic Party.

At home, Netanyahu's magic also has dissipated — in large part due to his trial on corruption charges. He has lashed out at an ever-growing list of perceived enemies: the media, the judiciary, police, centrists, leftists and even hard-line nationalists who were once close allies.

In four consecutive elections since 2019, the once-invincible Netanyahu was unable to secure a parliamentary majority. Facing the unappealing possibility of a fifth consecutive election, eight parties managed to assemble a majority coalition that is set to take office on Sunday.

Israeli politics are usually split between dovish, left-wing parties that seek a negotiated agreement with the Palestinians, and religious and nationalist parties — long led by Netanyahu — that oppose Palestinian independence. If any of the recent elections had centered on the conflict, then right-wing parties alone would have formed a strong, stable majority.

But the Palestinians hardly came up — another legacy of Netanyahu, who has pushed the issue to the sidelines.

Instead, all anyone seemed to talk about was Netanyahu's personality and his legal troubles, which proved to be deeply polarizing. The incoming government includes three small parties led by former Netanyahu aides who had bitter breakups with him, including the presumed prime minister, Naftali Bennett.

Bennett and his right-wing partners even broke a longstanding taboo on allying with Arab parties. A small Islamist party, which Netanyahu had also courted, is to be the first to join a ruling coalition.

Netanyahu and his followers in Likud have grown increasingly desperate. Initially, Netanyahu tried to lure some "defectors" from his former allies to prevent them from securing a parliamentary majority.

When that failed, he resorted to language similar to that of his friend and benefactor Trump.

"We are witnesses to the greatest election fraud in the history of the country," Netanyahu claimed at a Likud meeting this week. He has long dismissed the corruption trial as a "witch hunt" fueled by "fake news," and in the TV interview he said he was being hounded by the "deep state."

His supporters have held threatening rallies outside the homes of lawmakers joining the new government. Some of the parliamentarians say they and their families have received death threats, and one said she was recently followed by a mysterious car.

Netanyahu's ultra-Orthodox partners have meanwhile cast Bennett as a threat to their religion, with one even calling on him to remove his kippa, the skullcap worn by observant Jews.

Online incitement by Netanyahu's followers has grown so bad that several members of the incoming government were assigned bodyguards or even moved to secret locations.

Some Israelis have drawn comparisons to the tensions that led to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in January, while others have pointed to the incitement ahead of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995.

In a rare public statement, Nadav Argaman, the head of the Shin Bet internal security agency, recently warned of a "serious rise and radicalization in violent and inciting discourse" on social media that he said could lead to violence.

Netanyahu has condemned the incitement while noting that he too has been a target.

Late Thursday, Netanyahu's Likud Party issued a statement on Twitter in English saying his fraud comments were not directed at the vote counting process and that he has "full confidence" in it. "There is also no question about the peaceful transition of power," it said.

Gayil Talshir, a political scientist at Hebrew University, said she expects the coming months to remain volatile.

"We're going to see a very assertive and aggressive head of the opposition, meaning Netanyahu, determined to make sure that this coalition of change would be a short-lived one and that we will have another election as soon as possible," she added.

"We don't have even a memory of what normal politics looks like," Talshir said.

Associated Press writer Joseph Krauss in Jerusalem contributed to this report.


UN gives Netanyahu and Trump the finger

"The majority of countries shrugged off the US bullying tactics and, throwing salt into the wounds in Washington, US allies including Saudi Arabia, the UAE and South Africa added their names at the last minute to the document condemning the decision."

…by Jonas E. Alexis

The recent UN votes indicate that Netanyahu is the loser who keeps on losing when it comes to international law. Even notable US allies such as Canada, Australia, Mexico, and Argentina voted against Trump’s (more accurately Netanyahu’s) decision.

Haaretz has said that it was a “blow to Trump and Netanyahu.”[1] It is stated that “some countries surprised Israel by breaking the consesus at the UN, such as Hungary, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Romania, Croatia and Poland.”[2]

Obviously, Netanyahu isn’t too happy about the decision. Obviously, he is seeing that the international community is resisting his essentially Talmudic plan. So, he had to make a move—a preposterous move. He has recently denounced the United Nations as “a house of lies.” He said:

“The attitude towards Israel of many countries, on all continents, outside the walls of the United Nations, is changing and will ultimately permeate into the U.N. – the house of lies.”

Perhaps this man needs to start looking at himself in a mirror and realizing that he is, as the Obama administration aptly put it, a “chickenshit.” Gordon Duff has recently said that the Israeli regime is actually “a tin pot dictatorship run by ‘Capo Netanyahu,’ who works for casino boss Sheldon Adelson.” Duff moved on to say:

“More nasty historical accuracy establishes Britain’s role in setting up two ‘Jewish states,’ one to exist inside Palestine, not rule Palestine, and the other to rule the Arabian Peninsula under the Jewish Saud family whose Talmudic/Wahhabist extremist beliefs established al Qaeda, ISIS and work hand in hand with Israel. This is the truth of it and saying this will label me one thing or another, in particular the worst of all ‘truth teller.’”

Netanyahu has no respect for the moral and political order. He wants to invade territories that don’t belong to him. He wants to advance the settlements into various regions, therefore he has to come up with some crazy ideas and expects the entire world to follow through.

Well, 128 countries responded in unison basically saying, “No, we ain’t gonna take it.” As the Telegraph has recently put it:

“Mali withdrew their sponsorship of the resolution, in response to the US threats of retaliation.

“But the majority of countries shrugged off the US bullying tactics and, throwing salt into the wounds in Washington, US allies including Saudi Arabia, the UAE and South Africa added their names at the last minute to the document condemning the decision.”[3]

Trump, as a devoted follower of the mad man in Tel Aviv, is thinking about punishing the countries that actually voted against his proposal. In other words, the countries that voted against the Jerusalem decision didn’t have an option. They HAD to say yes to the powers that be or face enormous consequences.

For her part, Nikki Haley has tweeted that Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was made “at the will of the American people.”[4]

What in the world is this woman talking about? Does she really mean to tell us that only the Christian Zionists, Sheldon Adelson,[5] the Neocons, and marionettes like Haley herself are actually “the American people”? What about polls that show that Americans overwhelmingly say no to Trump’s move? Are we going to marginalize those Americans as well? Last November, a scientific poll showed that “63% of Americans were opposed to the move, and 31% supported it.”

And what about American Jews rejecting the Jerusalem decision?[6] What about international law, which basically says that the settlements are illegal? What about Israel continuing to remove the Palestinians from their lands and borders? Do we just disregard all of these and move on to pursuit an essentially Talmudic ideology?

You see, the only countries that see no moral problem whatsoever here are Israel and the United States. The sad part is that people like Nikki Haley and Donald Trump do not seem to realize that Netanyahu will use the Jerusalem decision to finish the job that he had already started: to remove the Palestinians from their lands through the settlements.

If Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, then concentration camps in Gaza are certainly legal, and if they are legal, then it is “legitimate” for Israel to grab Gazans by the hair of their heads and send them to the meat grinder. It’s just a simple deduction, and one needn’t be an intellectual to realize that Netanyahu does have ulterior motives in mind.

The plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as Vladimir Putin has put it, “defies common sense” and can never get the Palestinians closer to a peaceful solution. The Palestinians had every right to reject the plan. Gordon Duff was again right when he said:

“There is no such country as Israel. The real name should be ‘Jewish Occupied Palestine’ with Netanyahu as ‘Chief Capo.’ Israel is a tin pot dictatorship, a prison camp, to some extent a petty military dictatorship. There is nothing democratic about ‘Israel’ nor is it legally a nation, as the UN just decided.”


With Trump gone, Netanyahu should worry for his future

Opinion: Though PM’s base is still with him, center and left-wing voters change tactics, alongside those used to stay home and bemoan the current state of affairs, reaching a boiling point and rallying in the street

Baruch Leshem

In Israel, the Likud party released a very unusual campaign video of the eccentric billionaire and reality TV host Donald Trump endorsing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“There is nobody like him, he’s a winner, he’s highly respected, he’s highly thought of by all,” the future U.S. president said in the video. “So, vote for Benjamin. Terrific guy, terrific leader and great for Israel.”

Trump had later said that he received the text straight from the Prime Minister’s Office. But why did Netanyahu think that an endorsement by an American celebrity would help sway voters in Israel? Could it be that already then he foresaw Trump’s escapades in the American political scene? When Netanyahu looks at Trump, he sees his political and media reflection.

Both men’s background could not be more different. Trump was raised by a rich building contractor with his whole world revolving around real estate and the future wealth of his children. His spiritual world was nearly non-existent, having no time for any philosophy, politics or science.

Netanyahu, on the other hand, was the son of a history professor whose world view was completely anchored in ideology. In his book, “A Place Among the Nations,” Netanyahu presented his historical and political manifesto based on his wide critique of the Zionist movement’s relations with the world in general and the Arab community in particular.

start=0&autoplay=0null&loop=0&controls=1&mute=0Nevertheless, these two men who were raised so differently, utilize their media skills in a similar way.

Trump realized very early that media exposure through newspapers and especially television would help his businesses. His demeanor and ability to talk to the media was something to behold. Lee Atwater, a senior adviser to former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, asked Trump if he was willing to become the vice-presidential candidate for the 1992 election campaign. Trump agreed, but Atwater never got back to him.

Netanyahu started his way as a sales manager for a furniture retailer, later becoming a consul at the Israeli embassy in Washington and envoy to the UN. He slowly garnered a lot of media attention in Israel, with the now-defunct newspaper “Hadashot” projecting the 1996 elections would be a battle between him and Ehud Barak.

Both Netanyahu and Trump’s election campaigns share a central motive – us versus them, the “bad people.”

This tactic has already become the main weapon in the arsenal of right-wing leaders wanting to stir up the public’s emotions.

Attacking another person’s ideas is for overthinkers while labeling them as “dangerous people” is far more effective and can cause more pain.Trump utilized the Latin American “migrant problem,” calling them people coming into the country to steal jobs from hardworking Americans. He demonized them, calling them “drug dealers, criminals and rapists,” painting this picture of an endless convoy of migrants coming to the border, set to wreak havoc in the U.S.

Netanyahu has pretty much made the term “left-wing” synonymous with “traitors.”Those who cooperate with Israeli Arabs endanger the nation’s security and existence. “The Arabs are flocking to the polls,” he said during the 2015 elections as he worked to motivate his party’s electorate to go out and vote. Truth is an afterthought at best for both these leaders. A rule of thumb in the political world is to refrain from saying things that are not factually true – not because it is immoral, but because it can be disproven.The basic premise is that credibility is an essential character trait in a political leader. How else are we going to believe his campaign promises, if he has already been seen as untrustworthy?

Trump and Netanyahu turned the public’s lack of trust into trustworthiness. If they are faced with a fact they do not like, they immediately label it as “fake news.”

There is no need to deal with truths when you can claim they are spread by liberals and leftists. In the eyes of their voters, their words are entirely believable while the opposition is believed to be willing to say anything in order to remove their beloved leader from power.

Both are faced with legal battles that influence their political conduct. Trump, who until recently enjoyed immunity as U.S. president, is expecting to face criminal charges once he is out of office for extortion, bribery, sexual harassment, tax fraud, and perhaps more. Netanyahu is already on trial on charges of corruption.

They are desperately trying to remain in power, fighting the so-called “deep state,” a cabal of progressives and leftists, attempting to sell their country to Iran, China, Israeli Arabs, and ISIS.

Both Trump and Netanyahu have used their media superpowers to sow discord in order to boost their electoral basis. But this has come with a price – awakening the moderate and undecided voters and motivating them to vote.

Trump managed to whip up his voter base to the point of ecstasy in his rallies but ultimately lost the election when his opponent, now President-elect Joe Biden, managed to get people to the polls in numbers unseen in nearly a century. Their patience with him was completely depleted due to his endless wave of lies and insults.


‘Act on the accusations’?

Netanyahu, of all people, ought to be cognisant of how swiftly heated circumstances can escalate. In 1995, then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was murdered by a right-wing hardliner.

Similar to today, Netanyahu played a role and does not seem to have learned. While opposition leader, he was the key speaker at two demonstrations that included chants such as “Death to Rabin” and generally was involved in the anti-Rabin movement. He has denied the accusations.

“Netanyahu is again playing a major role in fuelling the dangerous idea that the country is under existential threat in an attempt to rally his supporters,” said Geva.

“Therefore, it is easy to compare the present with 1995 based on the concern that people will act on the accusations coming from Netanyahu and his supporters, and use violence in order to ‘save the country’.”

So what does the worst-case scenario look like? “A civil war if violence erupts,” said Abulof. However, the chances of that are currently minimal, he acknowledged.

“If Bennett is sworn in, chances are the state will compel Netanyahu to step down – however ungracefully,” he said.

In essence, the current situation is another test if Israel is becoming a failing state, Abulof concluded.


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