The talks were in secret. Yet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted repeatedly that any impending deal with Iran would result in a threat to his country and the region. Was he bluffing? Guessing? Or did he know? And if he knew, how did he know?
We may now have the answer to those questions. “No,” “no,” “yes,” and …
The answer to the third question could be a virus. A computer virus. Which let the Israelis listen in to conversations at the hotel where talks were being held. Click here to read the story.
It’s gaining steam. And it’s getting the attention of the Israeli government. The boycott movement. Israel will stand silent over it no longer. So pledges Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Who says, the movement isn’t a protest against West Bank settlements but against Israel itself. He says an “offensive” is being prepared.
n a letter to an emergency meeting of Jewish leaders in Las Vegas, Netanyahu saysIsrael is committing money to this counter-offensive. And told the attendees that they are on the front lines of the fight against the BDS movement.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that Israel was facing an “international campaign to sully its image,” which had nothing to do with its policies in the Gaza Strip or the West Bank, but rather stemmed from a desire to deny Israel of its existential right to exist.
The issue is settlements and boundaries. Something that could be negotiated at the peace talk table. But something the Palestinian Authority is demanding be conceded before they’ll accept an Israeli invitation to even sit down.
Palestinians aren’t the only ones disturbed by Netanyahu’s overture. Some members of his own, fragile Right Wing coalition are also dubious. One member going so far as to suggest that the coalition be dissolved if Netanyahu continues to push for talks.
President Obama makes no public comments about Iran’s continuing statements seemingly designed to put preconditions on any agreement over its nuclear program. That’s of little concern to the president. Judging by his public pronouncements, Obama thinks the reelection of Benjamin Netanyahu, and some of the statements Netanyahu’s made, are more worthy of his attention.
President Barack Obama defended his fierce criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the wake of the March elections in Israel, arguing that such criticism lends him credibility when defending the Jewish state in international arenas, and rejected attempts to equate his criticism of the Israeli government with antisemitism.
Iraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have the final say in future peace talks with the Palestinians, an official said Tuesday, after Interior Minister Silvan Shalom was entrusted to oversee negotiations.