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Bidding for access to Clinton, Goldberg says Bill can cut peace deal and win Nobel

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This is rich. Having perfectly positioned himself throughout the Obama administration as the official journalist of the organized Jewish community– and gaining access to the Oval Office on that basis on repeated occasions — Jeffrey Goldberg is lining his ducks up for a Clinton administration. In an Atlantic article, he nominates Bill Clinton as the savior of the two-state solution.

The status-mongerer even dangles a Nobel Prize, saying that Bill Clinton can get a Nobel finally if he only gets on the issue. “Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, and Barack Obama—all… are recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. Exclusion from this group cannot please such a competitive man.”

In another signal that Goldberg has access to the Israel lobby and all its money and influence, the only person Goldberg quotes is Dennis Ross, the battleaxe of the peace process, who tells Goldberg that it’s unfinished business for Clinton. Dennis Ross apparently wants to become a secretary of state. Though he slipped up by asserting in a NY synagogue that American Jews “need to be advocates” for Israel and not for Palestinians. No wonder they called Ross Israel’s lawyer.

Speaking of which, Goldberg’s article contains the usual misrepresentation of Clinton’s Camp David talks 16 years ago (!) as a giant missed opportunity for those obstructionist Palestinians. But it was a lousy offer, as confirmed by the fact that the offer a few months later was more generous; and Israel’s obstruction on Jerusalem was a deal-breaker.

The article is filled with qualifiers about the former president, future-Nobel Prize winner:

One salient assumption is that the Bill Clinton of today remains the Bill Clinton of 16 years ago. Clinton has just turned 70, and he has seemed, from time to time on the campaign trail, wan and unfocused. Peace negotiations require, as a prerequisite, large reservoirs of stamina. So his capacities are worth questioning…

Goldberg does note– now that it doesn’t matter anymore– that Benjamin Netanyahu manipulated the American government successfully:

The next Middle East peace negotiator will need to win the trust of the Israelis, and to fend off attacks by the Israeli right. Obama failed at this; Bill Clinton could succeed. It is a cliché in Israel to say that if Bill Clinton ran for prime minister, he would win easily. Benjamin Netanyahu’s manipulations won’t work as easily on him as they did on Obama.

Goldberg is saying that Netanyahu used the influence and donations of the Israel lobby to stymie Obama on his efforts to curb Israeli expansion and intransigence. But Clinton has the lobby in her pocket, because they trust her. Now he tells us.

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  1. Rusty Pipes
    Rusty Pipes
    September 7, 2016, 10:09 pm

    Oh, the logic here is so obvious:

    I am writing this article in the courtyard of East Jerusalem’s American Colony Hotel, one of the loveliest places on Earth, and an epicenter of intrigue during the glory days of the peace process, in the 1990s. Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, set himself up here during his lengthy, unsuccessful term as a Middle East peace negotiator starting in 2007. There’s no reason the U.S. government couldn’t rent much of the place out for Bill Clinton. I think he would enjoy it very much, and my guess is that Hillary, and in particular her top aides, might enjoy having him here as well.

    Maybe the Clintons’ dirty laundry is all so well explored that there is no risk of having Bill entertained in Jerusalem by a series of attractive Mossad agents. Also what risk could there be of any entanglements undermining his efforts to cement a deal?

    Also, as far as Clinton’s major donors are concerned, these guys are all losers — so why would Bill want to compete for the same prize they got? “Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, and Barack Obama—all… are recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. Exclusion from this group cannot please such a competitive man.” On the other hand, Henry Kissinger and Elie Wiesel also got the prize …

  2. CigarGod
    September 8, 2016, 9:42 am

    I hope we haven’t forgotten that this self-described genius who championed the Iraq invasion, ” I didn’t realize how incompetent the Bush administration could be.”

    Hey Jeff,
    I got W on the line for you.
    “Fool me once….can’t get fooled again.”

  3. MHughes976
    September 8, 2016, 10:53 am

    It’s hard to see why Bill Clinton should succeed this time when he has tried once before without success. Netanyahu’s manipulations presumably include blackmail with the aid of a lot of plausible information. I wonder what he had on Obama? Recordings of vigorous agreement with Jeremiah Wright, perhaps? He will certainly have a fat dossier on the Clintons, not necessarily all true but probably quite sensational.
    That Goldberg treats Netanyahu as in effect the main obstacle to peace is quite interesting.

    • JLewisDickerson
      September 11, 2016, 3:39 pm

      RE: “It’s hard to see why Bill Clinton should succeed this time when he has tried once before without success. Netanyahu’s manipulations presumably include blackmail with the aid of a lot of plausible information.” – MHughes976

      SEE – “Claim: Israelis tried to blackmail Bill Clinton with Lewinsky tapes to force spy release” | by Benjamin Weingarten | | 21 July 2014

      [EXCERPTS] In October 1998 in a bid to gain the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, an Israeli team led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to blackmail President Bill Clinton with tapes of Clinton and then-intern Monica Lewinsky. When Clinton brought Israel’s request for Pollard’s release to CIA Director George Tenet, Tenet threatened to resign on the spot should Clinton cave and release Pollard. Clinton ultimately declined the Israeli request, though he would consider it once again before the end of his term.

      This bombshell claim comes from Daniel Halper’s new book on the Clintons’ rise back to power, “Clinton, Inc.,” in a section based on the author’s review of the so-called “Monica Files,” to which Halper obtained exclusive access.

      The hundreds of pages of documents comprising the “Monica Files” detail numerous sordid allegations about President Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Monica Lewinsky as compiled by Lewinsky’s associates including “investigators, attorneys, and other Lewinsky advisors in the event that she might be involved in legal action against the president.”

      Here is how Halper describes the meeting between the Israelis and President Clinton that October, which took place during a set of high-profile negotiations on the Middle East with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat at the Wye Plantation near Wye River, Maryland:

      At one point, Netanyahu reportedly pulled Clinton aside to press for a pet cause for the Israelis–the release of Jonathan Pollard, an American spy for Israel who was sitting in prison. Netanyahu pressed Clinton to release Pollard, which in itself was not an unusual request. But the Israelis present at Wye River had a new tactic for their negotiations–they’d overheard Clinton and Monica and had it on tape. Not wanting to directly threaten the powerful American president, a crucial Israeli ally, Clinton was told that the Israeli government had thrown the tapes away. But the very mention of them was enough to constitute a form of blackmail.

      And, according to information provided by a CIA source, a stricken Clinton appeared to buckle. . .

      . . . Intelligence officials in the United States or Israel will of course not confirm on the record the extent or substance of Israeli eavesdropping…In 2000 the conservative magazine Insight, after a one-year investigation by a team of reporters, claimed that the Israeli government had “penetrated four White House telephone lines and was able to relay real-time conversations on those lines from a remote site outside the White House directly to Israel for listening and recording.” At the time, an Israeli spokesman responded to the Associated Press, which confirmed that an FBI investigation was under way, that the claim was “outrageous.” . . .

      . . . A New York Post article published in 1999 drawing on a book titled “Gideon’s Spies — The Secret History of Mossad,” recounts a similar plot by Israel to blackmail Bill Clinton with Lewinsky tapes, for a related but different end. The post article read:

      ISRAEL blackmailed President Clinton with phone-tapped tapes of his steamy sex talks with Monica Lewinsky, a blockbuster new book charges.

      The price Clinton paid for the silence of the Mossad spy agency was calling off an FBI hunt for a top-level Israeli mole allegedly installed at the White House.

      …author [George] Thomas says Danny Yatom, Mossad inspector general, succeeded in tapping Lewinsky’s phone and amassed some 30 hours of sexually explicit conversations between the president and Lewinsky.

      Thomas says Tel Aviv used the tapes to stop the probe of an operative code-named “MEGA,” who was, and could still be, deep within the White House.

      …Israel’s Committee for Central Intelligence, meeting in emergency session, decided to play dirty by exploiting Monica’s steamy chats as a way of protecting their White House “asset,” Thomas said.

      Halper argues in his book that the allegations in “The Monica Files” may be used by “reporters and Republican operatives–as part of what might be dubbed the [death by a] “thousand cuts” operation” in connection with a Hillary Clinton presidential bid in 2016.


      • MHughes976
        September 11, 2016, 4:07 pm

        Thanks, JLD, very interestimg! Clinton and Trump must be a blackmailer’s dream team. On the other hand, if this is true, the whole Israeli leadership must know that both Clintons – and perhaps Trump as well – covertly loathe and detest them in a highly personal way.

    • oldgeezer
      September 11, 2016, 4:21 pm

      We may never know the truth. At the same time rumour in the national post, in Canada, had it that John Baird, foreign minister and ardent Israel supporter, was forced to resign as the rcmp became aware of Israeli attempts to blackmail him over a private party in London. The party was supposedly hosted by the infamous Epstein.

      • Eric
        September 21, 2016, 3:12 pm

        Jeffrey Epstein likes 13 year old girls. Why would a closet homosexual such as Baird go to such a party, unless there was a wing of Epstein’s house dedicated to same sex frolicking? However, the Israeli blackmail angle makes sense, and would explain Baird’s heavy pro-Zionist rhetoric. That, and allegiance to Zionism being a prerequisite for inclusion in Stephen Harper’s cabinet.

  4. Kay24
    September 8, 2016, 12:42 pm

    As long as the zionists wants the status quo, and wants to keep this ridiculous decades long occupation, and keep building illegal settlements, which even the US keeps pretending it is against, no one, no one can persuade them to get their greedy behinds to a peace table in all sincerity. Goldberg is trying to get skeptics like us to give Hillary a chance, with the hopes that her husband will produce this miracle. She is after all the darling of the zionists, and helps them keep this charade of an occupied and long suffering people WANTING to live under terrible conditions, having to live with contaminated water, blockaded, and no hope.

    As long as the US keeps aiding, arming, and giving these zionists a free pass, to kill, occupy, and steal, there will be no damn 2SS in our lifetime. This is reality.

  5. Citizen
    September 8, 2016, 4:51 pm

    Nothing like having these arrogant traitors so fully enmeshed in US foreign policy decisions. And they remain untouchable because Dick and Jane remain clueless–it’s just over their heads, and our main media does all it can to keep it that way. Disgusting. I see no end in sight, no matter whether Hillary or Trump sit in the POTUS seat.

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