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Israel’s illusion that it is at the center of the known universe is now shared by a lot of American commentators. The mood is even more intense because liberal Zionists sense a historic election in which Benjamin Netanyahu goes down and is replaced by the center-left. Haaretz’s Barak Ravid is mocking the prime minister’s statements about outside influence:

Netanyahu says “Scandinavia” is trying to topple him. Yes – you heard me – Scandinavia

Gershom Gorenberg explains that Netanyahu has accused European governments, especially Scandinavian ones, of funding campaign to depose him. Gorenberg:

Last refuge of the fading strongman: accuse outside agitators, foreign govts

Chemi Shalev of Haaretz chimes in:

more Bibi rant: “supported by tycoons from Israel and abroad and foreign governments.” [Sounds like Bibi is copying anti-Semitic tracts]

And Shalev reports this:

Netanyahu on Facebook: “Left wing and media elements here and abroad have banded together to bring Tzipi and Bouji to power illegitimately”

Yousef Munayyer cracks:

Netanyahu taking a page out of the Arab dictators playbook already blaming foreign plot to unseat him.

Ofer Neiman says the mood in parts of Israel is like an “Ukrainian Orange Revolution” in which a dictator is being toppled. He also points to foreign efforts, the anti-Netanyahu American initiative V15, led by a former Obama election expert who Wikipedia says is the son of Missouri Baptists and studied at Harvard Divinity School.

Here’s a V15 ad. Brilliant: all about the power of an individual to get rid of the tyrannical fearmonger. Notice the depiction of Netanyahu sliding his infamous UN bomb cartoon (:07 secs) out from under what appears to be a map of the settlements before packing up the family photos. It’s already gotten more than half a million views. A translation of the Hebrew title can be understood simultaneously as “Thank you, good bye”, “Thanks, peace”, or according to Neiman it can also be used “somewhat rudely to tell someone to go away.” The message we get from the final scene — Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!:

Zionist Camp has not opened up a big enough lead for its leaders to feel confident. Everyone in that camp is very cautious, Tal Schneider tells Peace Now. Netanyahu is reportedly avoiding all interviews, she writes here. And she promotes Labor:

Labor is hitting its stride. The Israeli voter, who famously votes on the issue of security, is as sick of hearing the word Iran and s/he is sick of hearing about Netanyahu’s personal melodrama—the wife, the never-ending lawsuits by former staffers, the endless excuses for Israel’s income chasm .Yithak Herzog, the Labor leader, who has always been branded something of a wimp, is now brandishing his geekishness like a flag. See? No bonkers wife! No extravagant use of public funds! Herzog, the son of a president and grandson of a Great Rabbi and thus something of a local Kennedy, lives in the (remodeled) home in which he was raised.

J Street has the latest poll results, now 25 to 21 Zionist Camp over Likud, with the Arab List coming in at 13. Gorenberg says that Isaac Herzog is campaigning in a Netanyahu stronghold, the city of Ashdod.

J Street objects to Netanyahu’s latest ad: “Members of Congress in front rows of @Netanyahu’s speech are now extras in Likud’s newest ad.” Here’s that ad, subtitled in Russian:

As for media abroad, the NYT has chimed in with a huge piece called “Netanyahu and the Settlements” that describes Netanyahu as the king of the settlement project, who has made the two-state solution “particularly problematic.” Yes Labor has also built settlements, but nothing like Netanyahu. The piece largely ignores East Jerusalem, site of frenetic settlement building that the NYT calls “neighborhoods” ala Jeffrey Goldberg, and focuses on the West Bank.

[O]ne place where there is a broad consensus that settlements will stay is the Etzion block, stretching south from Jerusalem along Route 60. There were Jewish communities there before Israel’s establishment in 1948, and Mr. Herzog of the center-left Zionist Union recently campaigned in the block, declaring that “it must be part of Israel for eternity.”

But in this area, too, Mr. Netanyahu’s initiatives have deepened the dilemma for peacemakers…

Yet over the past four years, tenders have been published for more than 1,100 new units in Efrat, and land cleared for a new neighborhood that would extend the settlement even further east.

The takeaway quote in the piece is this one, from a two-state-solution promoter:

“What you’re doing is actually affecting the delineation of the blocks, but unilaterally,” said Gilead Sher, who heads a group, Blue White Future, that is pushing to evacuate some settlements and shore up others. Of Mr. Netanyahu, he added, “He speaks about the two-state solution, but he does whatever there is in his capability to delegitimize the two-state solution.”

Says J Street: “This stunning New York Times feature on Netanyahu’s settlement policy is essential reading.”

Thanks to Annie Robbins.

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  1. David Doppler
    March 13, 2015, 2:27 pm

    Says J Street: “This stunning New York Times feature on Netanyahu’s settlement policy is essential reading.”

    When I opened my West Coast version of the NYTimes iPad version, I could see the title to this article, but could not open it. Now it doesn’t appear at all, nor does a title search return anything. Even when linking to it via Mondoweiss, the first two paragraphs are unreadable, with the title printed over them.

    “Essential reading” that only goes to certain places?

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      March 13, 2015, 2:39 pm

      Funny how the NYT never bothred about the ‘settlements’ before, but now that they see them as a tool to use against someone who upsets their smug little libzio self-image, they suddenly discover them?

      • Giles
        March 13, 2015, 3:10 pm

        Yousef Munayyer cracks: Netanyahu taking a page out of the Arab dictators playbook already blaming foreign plot to unseat him. –

        Yeah, because that never happens.

  2. Susie Kneedler
    March 13, 2015, 2:28 pm

    Imagine if agents of a foreign government influenced the election. *>}

    And, Thanks, Phil, for great stuff today and always.

  3. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    March 13, 2015, 2:38 pm

    The more I read, the more I want ”Bibi” to win, awful as he is.

    If Herzog wins, the self congratulatory tripe from the ‘libzio’ brigade will be nauseating in the extreme. ”Orange revolution”? They really haven’t got a clue, have they? They’re voting in an election in the ”Middle east’s only democracy” not staging a ‘revolution’.

    What is it about Isrealis that every thing they do has to be magnified a hundred times over? So when a rocket knocks the tile off a roof in Sderot, it’s an ‘existential threat’, and when they go out to cast a vote it’s a ‘revolution’. What a parochial little place start up nation is.

    • a blah chick
      March 13, 2015, 3:01 pm

      You are so right, my friend.

      And if the libs win one of the first things they’ll do is dust off some old peace initiative, that was rejected years ago, submit it to the PA who will reject it, then throw up their hands and say “look, we changed the leadership, we’re starting fresh, and those Arabs still won’t deal.”

      And Jodi-Jodi-Jodi of the NYT will do her duty by making sure that perspective is rammed home. Trust me, no matter who wins the Palestinians will get the blame if the “peace process” stays moribund.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        March 13, 2015, 3:26 pm

        Exactly. With Bibi, the penny was jusssst starting to drop. Even ‘libzios’ could see what a hidious place Israel was. Of course, they would stilll use the excuse that N’y wasn’t the ‘real Israel’, but as time went on, and Bibi remained in power, pulling out the cartoons and insulting precious Western leaders — much more precious than kids in Gaza – then it became harder to ignore the horrible reality.

        But if Herzog is PM, it will turn out as you say. We’ll be back where we were a decade ago, with talk of ‘generous offers’, ‘painful compromises’ and what have you. Been there, done that. Forza Bibi!

      • Krauss
        March 13, 2015, 4:42 pm

        Blah & Meridius, you’re both wrong. If the Laborites win, it’ll be the ultimate attack on the notion that “liberal” Zionism is any different, because it isn’t.

        Bibi makes for a good alibi.

        Also, he will still form the next government. They need Kahlon and he’s a Likudnik. Shas/UT will never sit in an Arab government. And without Arabs, they can’t form a majority.

        So it doesn’t matter in the end, Bibi will rule on. But it would be better in the long run if he didn’t.

    • eGuard
      March 13, 2015, 8:16 pm

      Maximus, I can ‘t be bothered with the election that much. I’ll vote for BDS anyway. The Herzog block winning is only a difference for the “peace process” supporters and “liberal Zionists”, not for BDS supporters. BDS never is or was about softening the occupation &tc.

    • seafoid
      March 13, 2015, 10:11 pm

      The Ukrainian Orange revolution didn’t change anything either. It just changed the looters.

      “It must be part of Israel for eternity” is funny.
      Israel hasn’t got eternity. It might have 20 years.

  4. a blah chick
    March 13, 2015, 2:50 pm

    Wow, when was the last time you heard an Israeli PM referred to as a “strongman”? We’re in Qadaffi territory with that one.

  5. just
    March 13, 2015, 4:11 pm

    The only conspiracy is in his head.

    Megalomania will inevitably result in a fall or worse. I have never, ever heard the PM apologize for anything, admit that he is/was wrong, or be contrite.

    So, did he cook up his visit to Congress? Dermer et al are gonna be in deep doo even if he wins… he’s a blamer and is obviously paranoid.

    Dangerous as most of the folks here already knew, but now the whole world can watch.

    • W.Jones
      March 13, 2015, 4:47 pm

      “So, did he cook up his visit to Congress?”
      Dermer contacted Boehner first I think, so it’s only a question of who thought of it first- Dermer or Netanyahu.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 13, 2015, 6:51 pm

        w.jones, dermer is netanyahu’s yes man. this congress idea either came from netanyahu or one of the US zionist shakers like adelson, boteach, kristol, or their ilk.

      • W.Jones
        March 14, 2015, 3:45 am

        Yeah. I am kind of doubtful that he would be the one to be ballsy enough to take that initiative by himself, but maybe. Adelson was there, so why not. Maybe they talked it over first. Net had already talked in congress before, and he or one of the folks youmentioned probably thought it was a good idea to repeat it. Net.’s popularity among Conservatives went up after the speech (2 %), so from a hardcore pro-Israeli Neocon mindset it all makes sense I guess.

      • Kay24
        March 14, 2015, 9:24 am

        Most probably Dermer got the okay from the Beebs. Who came up with the idea does not really matter, because Beebs ran with it, manipulated Boehner and his gang to cooperate with him, and made sure he had the opportunity to show disrespect to the US Presidency, while looking like he can control the Congress.

        Unfortunately for the man, it backfired.

    • a blah chick
      March 13, 2015, 6:50 pm

      ” Dermers et al are gonna be in deep doo even if he wins… he’s a blamer and is obviously paranoid.”

      True, but from what I have heard Butcher Bibi is a moral and physical coward who hates personal confrontations. And since he can’t send an F-16 to take out Dermer he’ll have to find some other way to deal with him. And I think Dermer knows where too many bodies are buried to be done away with.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 13, 2015, 6:57 pm

        they are probably bbf’s and will commiserate together, not take eachother out. they belong together.

        Shall we weigh along these streets
        Young lions on the lam?
        Are the signs you hid deep in your heart
        All left on neon for them?
        Who are foolish
        Who are victim
        Of the sailors and the ducky boys who would
        Move into your eyes and lips and
        Every tear
        That falls down on the neighborhood now
        I said “Bird, we just gotta tell them”
        And they turn and ignore us
        And the only heroes we got left
        Are written right before us
        And the only angel who sees us now
        Watches through each other’s eyes
        And I can hear him
        In every footstep’s passing sigh
        He goes crazy these nights
        Watching heartbeats go by…
        And they whisper —
        We belong together
        We belong together.

      • just
        March 13, 2015, 7:00 pm

        Rickie Lee!!

        Didn’t he fire Livni and Lapid for getting in his way (iirc the word used was ‘putsch’)?

      • Annie Robbins
        March 13, 2015, 7:04 pm

        oh yeah but the derm will never cross him or leave him. he’s his yes man.

      • just
        March 13, 2015, 7:09 pm

        I quite agree.

        That question went to how in the hades he’s gonna get any kind of coalition going…..

        I’ll stick with Taxi’s post:

        “If Netanyahu looses, I win.

        If Netanyahu wins, I win.

        Win-win for me and my buddies, as far as I’m concerned.”

        – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/recent-comments#sthash.huS0s0hY.dpuf

        I really only care about the Palestinians…

  6. W.Jones
    March 13, 2015, 4:35 pm

    Phil,

    Thanks for posting Netanyahu’s new campaign ad with its amazing, glorious music, the photos of the barbed wire Apartheid Wall, Netanyahu saying he stopped a US agreement, and the Congress applauding. It’s my favorite clip about Netanyahu so far, even better than the ones made by his critics.

    The Victory, the Separation Wall, the Glory.

    To outdo it, he would need to add in the OBEY posters, and the music from “Red Alert”, although the melody he used has some similar, top class moments too.

    • seafoid
      March 13, 2015, 10:17 pm

      The memes in the ad. Wallahi. The erectile missiles, the roads as progress, the wall (no sign of a Palestinian anywhere) , the best US politicians money can buy , the slick music . The crash is going to be so painful for Yossi and Yossita.

      • seafoid
        March 13, 2015, 10:31 pm

        The other ad. The menorah on the envelope. No sign of anything indicating that it’s a state of Palestinians and Jews. The state can’t give its Palestinian citizens that.
        No Arabic in the Likud ad. Not even a pretence.

        And the whole democracy shtick- the gerrymandered Jewish space and all the disenfranchised Palestinians in the OT who never get to choose who persecutes them.

        Liberal Zionists and their Orange revolution . Guess what happened to Ukraine afterwards.

        http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/9cb607fc-8507-11e3-8968-00144feab7de.html

        “Ukraine is not ethnically divided. But a cultural and historic faultline runs between its Ukrainian-speaking and pro-European west, and Russian-speaking east and south.
        A closer analogy for now is the Arab spring, itself partly inspired by Ukraine’s 2004 pro-democracy Orange Revolution. Then, Mr Yanukovich was declared winner of rigged presidential elections, but stepped aside after demonstrations triggered a repeat poll that he lost. He clawed his way back to a broadly fair victory in 2010.

        Now, protesters are infuriated by what they call his kleptocratic and incompetent government. The catalyst was his withdrawal from an integration deal with the EU last November. Instead, he made what his critics see as a Faustian pact with Russia, which for centuries controlled large parts of the country before the 1991 Soviet collapse, for a $15bn bailout of Ukraine’s ailing economy.”

        elections can’t change deep unresolved structural problems driven by one group benefiting at the expense of another . Yossi isn’t going to vote to cut his cashflows, is he? So the system moves on towards breakdown.

      • W.Jones
        March 14, 2015, 4:10 am

        Seafoid,

        “No Arabic in the Likud ad. Not even a pretence.”
        You mean the anti-Netanyahu ad?

        “Yossi isn’t going to vote to cut his cashflows, is he? So the system moves on towards breakdown.”
        What do you mean reverse his cash flows, and how do you see an inevitable breakdown?

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        March 14, 2015, 6:25 am

        ” Yossi and Yossita.”

        Yossita?

        seadfoid, you’re a hoot. I’d pay to see you do standup!

  7. lysias
    March 13, 2015, 4:58 pm

    It will indeed be a revolution if the Arab List is allowed to participate in the government. Otherwise, not.

  8. MRW
    March 13, 2015, 6:30 pm

    God, he so looks like Hitler, it’s hysterical. Especially at 00:45 sec in the first video. Was that intentional?

  9. piotr
    March 13, 2015, 8:52 pm

    Frankly, I liked Likud ad better. In part, because it was understandable: we made magnificent Iron Dome. we closed the hole in the fence (when I read it I thought that this is an anti-Likud ad, but what nice fence it is! even the gravel on the road along the fence is selected to have a nice color), we cut the distances by making new highways and railroads, and the only thing you can do is to carp. (Russian subtitles are a must!) And I could not get any idea from the ad above.

    • W.Jones
      March 13, 2015, 9:35 pm

      Piotr,

      Exactly. My guess is that the critics don’t know Hebrew or Russian, or else want to take the ads at face value. The Likud ad is awesome. The music of glory, the speech before the US congress, making the US pass sanctions and stop its own peace agreements, along with the Apartheid Wall and more glory music as Israeli missiles shoot in the air? What more could you want? Clips of democratically elected legislators whining like babies while the national leader shows them amazing achievements against peace? It’s got that too.

      I suppose that OBEY posters along with Palestinians under guard would help, but you can’t really expect that. Nice accompaniment music:

      • W.Jones
        March 13, 2015, 9:50 pm

        In Netanyahu’s ad, he says that the legislators are complaining “ne ubral” (nie usunięte), and I think that this is referring to his failure to remove Hamas. This refers to Netanyahu’s failure to remove Hamas in 2014. The legislators were whining that he didnt fight as much, and so in this ad Netanyahu shows the glorious things he did against Muslims, like the Apartheid Wall, building settlement highways, sanctions, etc.

        Isn’t that reading correct?

        I wish they put it on US TV, because Americans would be like “What is this about?”

        I am surprised that more Americans didn’t react more to the Congressional applause celebration, because I think it was televised nationally too.

      • piotr
        March 14, 2015, 2:34 am

        “nye ubral” is not “nie usunięte” (not removed) but “nie usunął” (he did not remove)

        Grammatical endings are more important in Slavic languages than in English, leading to totally mangled Google translations, like

        kurwa kurwie łba nie urwie, a jak urwie to po kurwie.
        glory of Google translate
        whore whore does not tear off the head, and as it breaks off after a whore
        more correctly
        whore will not tear off the head of another whore, but if she does, whore is gone

        It is a good slangy version of a political commentary, like “We Jews have disagreements, as we are a rambunctious democracy (the only one in the region!), but nobody will hurt another Jew too badly, except for self-hating kapos and Judenrats, and we know how to finish off those black sheep.”

      • W.Jones
        March 14, 2015, 2:50 am

        Piotr,

        Yes, I was using Google Translate for the Polish, and agree “ne usunal” looks better. Nice catch.

        And what are you talking about here:
        It is a good slangy version of a political commentary, like “We Jews have disagreements, as we are a rambunctious democracy (the only one in the region!), but nobody will hurt another Jew too badly, except for self-hating kapos and Judenrats, and we know how to finish off those black sheep.”

        I totally did not get that out of your Polish rhyme!!! LOL

        Also: I wish sometime you would talk more about de-Zionisation in Israeli-era Poland. I know that the Russians, Czechs, and I assume Poles were expecting the Israelis to be their “Non-aligned” partners after the Soviet Bloc supplied the Israelis enough to win the 1948 war. But then the Israelis opposed Russia in the Korean War. So there is a possibility that the East bloc did not like how the Israelis went pro-NATO and it might have helped lead to the De-Zionisation campaign. What do you think?

      • spencerhr
        March 14, 2015, 6:58 pm

        W. Jones,

        Yes, anti-Zionist rhetoric was used by the Polish Soviet-backed government following the Six day war, and culminating with a suspension of relations with Israel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968_Polish_political_crisis#Antisemitic_campaign_and_political_purges

        That said, all anti-Israel policies were canceled following the collapse of the Soviet puppet government in 1989.

    • Leahj
      March 13, 2015, 11:15 pm

      piotr, I preferred the ‘Thanks, goodbye’ ad. I especially liked the part where Netanyahu took down the framed photo of himself next to Sheldon Adelson, & packed it away.

      • W.Jones
        March 14, 2015, 2:56 am

        Leahj,

        Maybe Piotr and I just have a penchant for over the top totalitarian political style, particularly by Netanyahu. You really need to appreciate the glorification of The Leader of the Free World.

        Benjamin Netanyahu: Leader of the Free World
        Matt Barber, Barbwire.com
        Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stepped forward to answer the call. He has become de facto leader of the free world – chief defender of Western civilization.
        As America’s light fades under the Obama regime, Israel has become – for now at least – “the shining city on the hill.”

        http://barbwire.com/2014/02/26/benjamin-netanyahu-leader-free-world

        MSNBC reports:
        “In recent weeks, conservative media declared Benjamin Netanyahu the “leader of the free world” over and over and over again.”
        http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/netanyahus-fortunes-fall-following-gop-partnership

      • piotr
        March 16, 2015, 6:07 pm

        What I liked in Likud ad was that it was concrete. It listed achievements of the current government, and that allows one to make a reasonable judgement: are they really so great, are they what I wanted, etc.

        The “envelope ad” was lyrically alluding to issues without spelling out what the opposition wants, what achievements it wishes to accomplish. And in fact, proposing something new to accomplish always offends those that do not like the goal or do not like the means. But I would wish politicians to take the stand and explain their case. It is possible that “normal voters” do not like that, so one can overdo it. Still, I increasingly believe that the modern essence of liberalism is not standing for anything too much. At the end of the day, Obama did not sell health care reform after letting it to be moderated to a monster so complicated that computers choked when they had to apply rules automatically. Moderately tuned imperialist policies. Delicate pressures on unruly allies (it is not just Israel), with no explanations why they are applied or why the attempts are abandoned. (Israel builds apartheid state, Turkey and Gulfies support the worst terrorists in Syria, while we sprinkle the same individuals with drones in other locations, Egypt applies death penalty to political opponents in four digits etc.) The liberal pattern seems to be to give hints of recognition of problems with right wing policies and then doing very little to improve the situation.

        So Zionist Union seems to follow this pattern, and the ad supports that suspicion. Some delicate compromise between “lower your expectations” and “abandon all hope”.

    • piotr
      March 15, 2015, 10:58 am

      Concerning “de-Zionization”, I experienced it on a receiving end. In Poland, the main target was “revisionists” that were combined with “Zionists” as “philo-Zionists”, and there was a quite extensive purge, wave of protests, and more purges. As a scout in elementary school (it would be middle school in USA) I have seen all Jewish fathers sacked (mine and classmates), and most of our scouting cadre arrested, to mention few elements.

  10. seafoid
    March 13, 2015, 10:50 pm

    Another Likud ad

    Vote butchery for jobs . The wall will keep the Palestinians out

    • W.Jones
      March 14, 2015, 3:04 am

      Seafoid,

      Maybe they are dubbing this stuff in Russian because they are going for the right wing nationalist vote. (Home Party)

  11. Kay24
    March 14, 2015, 9:31 am

    The sounds of blame, the whining that the world is out to get him, and other pathetic sounds the world now hears out of Netanyahu, are sounds of desperation. He knows he is in a bad situation, and just like he blames Israel’s neighbors, the EU, and the rest of the world for Israel’s problems, he is doing the same thing for himself. Ultimately the man might win, but it sure is nice to see him sweat it out.

  12. a blah chick
    March 14, 2015, 11:45 am

    “Barak Ravid is mocking the prime minister’s statements about outside influence: Netanyahu says “Scandinavia” is trying to topple him. Yes – you heard me – Scandinavia”

    At times like this I turn to Billmon:

    “Apparently, Bibi’s convinced he’s the latest victim of the Vast Scandinavian Conspiracy.”

    “But we know Scandinavians are just pawns — manipulated by shadowy forces of international Islamism & the secret Muslim in the White House.”

    “Only Netanyahu, the heroic Leader of the Jewish people, can hold back the Islamo-Scandinavian hordes & defeat the Secret Muslim & his plots.”

    Israel is the ultimate Zionist nightmare, resembling everything they claim to hate.

  13. Kay24
    March 14, 2015, 12:23 pm

    This is interesting, and amusing too:

    “Report: Senate panel probing whether Obama administration funded anti-Netanyahu campaign
    Fox News reports that a bipartisan probe is looking into State Department funding of OneVoice Movement and its subsidiary V15.

    Fox News reported on Saturday that a bipartisan probe is being launched by a U.S. Senate Investigatory committee, designed to look into the funding of a not-for-profit group that has been trying to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    One source told Foxnews.com that the State Department apparently gave the group taxpayer-funded grants.

    On Friday, Netanyahu said that “left-wing and media elements in Israel and abroad have conspired to bring [Zionist Union leaders Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni] to power illegitimately, by means of slander at home and unprecedented money from abroad.” In a Facebook post, the prime minister added that “left-wing elements in Israel and abroad who are streaming tens of millions of dollars to NGOs running an ‘Anyone but Bibi’ campaign in its various guises.”
    Haaretz

    Bibi interferes in US Presidential elections and that was okay.
    Ha, ha ha….what goes around, comes around.

    • Annie Robbins
      March 14, 2015, 12:33 pm

      Bibi interferes in US Presidential elections and that was okay.
      Ha, ha ha….what goes around, comes around.

      kay, part of my blockquote from the nyt in this article http://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/door-shut#sthash.lOp864Jw.dpuf:

      [T]he accusation that Mr. Bird’s involvement is inappropriate….given Mr. Netanyahu’s move to work with the House speaker…“It is eye-rolling for Netanyahu to complain about former Obama aides working against him when he cooked up a speech to Congress with Boehner and didn’t tell the White House,” said Tommy Vietor, a former National Security Council aide to Mr. Obama. “He has removed his ability to complain about playing politics by openly meddling in U.S. politics…” –

      plus, the absurdity of a congressional investigation over state funding the opposition in israel when those same congress critters signed that letter, likely written by the millionaire israel lobbiests! the whole thing is a joke. reminds of Chemi Shalev’s headline http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/west-of-eden/.premium-1.646707

      Netanyahu’s torment: How he loaded the political gun now pointing at his head

      in more ways than one indeed.

      • spencerhr
        March 14, 2015, 7:01 pm

        It’s completely ludicrous how those on the lines of Ted Cruz see an anti-Israel conspiracy just about everywhere one could imagine…

        These traitors who serve Israeli policies should be exposed.

      • Kay24
        March 14, 2015, 9:51 pm

        There is always the hypocrisy when it comes to Netanyahu and Israel. Take Iran for instance, despite having nuclear weapons and Dimona, and despite having the ugly record of attacking it’s neighbors and interfering in other nations, Israel is leading the charge against Iran accusing it of going to have a nuclear weapons in MONTHS, and being dangerous.
        Netanyahu interferes in US politics, even during the Presidential elections, and now whines that other nations are interfering in Israel’s. He is such a joke now. No one takes him seriously anymore.

  14. Mooser
    March 14, 2015, 12:44 pm

    Here’s Josh Marshall: “The claims read so febrile and unhinged that if Netanyahu weren’t a Jew and the head of government of the Jewish State you would almost expect to end up claiming a global Zionist conspiracy was plotting to bring him and the right to its knees.”

    My italics. Jeez, what a mediocre thinker.

  15. Dan Crowther
    March 14, 2015, 2:06 pm

    Your calling his opponents “center left” is grotesque

  16. Mooser
    March 14, 2015, 4:41 pm

    “Your calling his opponents “center left” is grotesque”

    Seriously, unless a writer on Israeli politics wants to qualify almost every descriptive political term he (or she) uses, there’s almost no way to avoid indulging a bit of Israel’s special political grotesquery.

    • Dan Crowther
      March 14, 2015, 6:09 pm

      “Israeli” is also problematic. The court and GOI all say “Israeli” as a political identity doesn’t exist.

      • Mooser
        March 14, 2015, 10:29 pm

        Exactly, Dan,”Israeli” itself is problematic. The one that always gets me is “Israel’s security”. There’s others, too.
        And there’s the way “Jew” or “Jewish” functions as an identity category in Israel, which it doesn’t other places.

  17. atime forpeace
    March 16, 2015, 12:25 pm

    Great read. The siege of Bibi Netanyahu.

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