Moshe Yalon, Israel’s last foreign minister under Netanyahu recently parted ways acrimoniously with the government. and gave this speech – “At this time and in the foreseeable future, there is not an existential threat to Israel. Israel is the strongest state in the region and there is an enormous gap between it and every country and organization around it. Therefore, it is appropriate for the leadership in Israel to stop scaring the citizens and to stop telling them that we are on the verge of a second Holocaust.” – Ya alon didn t stop there. He went on to more-or-less endorse the Iran nuclear deal.
The US vice-president, Joe Biden, has delivered an unusually sharp critique of the government of Binyamin Netanyahu, saying the Israeli prime minister is leading Israel in the wrong direction through his policies, including settlement building. Biden described the Obama administration’s “overwhelming frustration” with Israel, adding that “profound questions” existed about how the country could remain both Jewish and democratic.
Israel’s prime minister insists his country is not heading toward becoming a binational state, rejecting a warning to that effect by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. At his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday, Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Israel will not be a binational state, but in order to have peace, the other side needs to decide that it wants peace as well.” Kerry warned Israel on Saturday about the dangers of the possible collapse of the Palestinian Authority, saying it would lead to a situation that would threaten the security of Israel and the Palestinian people.
The briefings by senior American administration officials to the media over the weekend, ahead of the meeting between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, show a very disturbing paradigm shift with regard to the United States’ relationship to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For the first time, the White House and the State Department in Washington have begun to state publicly that the reality in the West Bank is becoming that of one state for two peoples.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s choice to serve as the next chief media adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office posted controversial statuses on his Facebook page, including one in which he refers to US President Barack Obama’s response to the premier’s Iran speech in Congress as “modern anti-Semitism.”
Israel‘s deputy foreign minister could hardly have contradicted her boss more directly – or at a tenser time. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s repeated insistence that Israel had not and would not change anything at an Old City holy site was endorsed over the weekend by the United States and Jordan, which administers the contested Jerusalem complex that is at the center of this month’s violent Palestinian uprising. Then the deputy minister, Tzipi Hotovely – an archconservative member of Mr. Netanyahu s Likud Party – told an Israeli interviewer on Monday, “It is my dream to see the Israeli flag” flying there.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks to a Zionist conference in Jerusalem about the Palestinian mufti’s role in persuading Hitler to exterminate European Jewry elicited angry responses from the opposition on Wednesday.
Seeking to tamp down Palestinian anger over perceived Israeli moves to expand Jewish influence at one of Islam s holiest sites, Netanyahu on Thursday barred cabinet ministers and lawmakers from visiting the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem. But hard-liners within his governing coalition have been pressuring him to crack down on the Palestinians and step up settlement activity in response to the unrest.
Thus spoke the Prime Minister: You know me, when I want something I get it. If he only wanted. If he only wanted “negotiations with no preconditions,” he would not build settlements on top of the ruins. If he truly wanted two states,” he would not be working so diligently on establishing a single apartheid state. If he wanted to get a better deal with Iran, not to argue with the watchman; to serve the interests of his state, and not the political whims of his benefactors; to apprehend the “price tag” perpetrators and their masters, and not only to bang his fist on the table. If he truly sought the welfare of Jerusalem and its inhabitants, and not the welfare of Habayit Hayehudi and its cabinet members.
The United States was fully informed on the Netanyahu-Putin summit that took place in Moscow on Monday. At least that s what Benjamin Netanyahu said afterwards. “Our ties with the U.S. are of foremost importance, strong, steadfast and stable. We are entirely coordinated on this matter,” he said. And yet, one of the most significant geopolitical moments in recent years, Israel s acknowledgement of Russia s return as a major player in the region, took place without American participation.