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Maybe Israel is interfering in our politics over the Iran Deal? Naaah!


Let’s see how hard it is to connect the dots.

For the last three years, Benjamin Netanyahu has been doing everything he can to sink the Iran deal, from speaking in Congress against the deal in 2015 with the support of Democrats who were defying President Obama on his signature foreign policy achievement, to sending his Defense Minister over to try to sink the deal, to cartoon presentations at the U.N., and a video lecture in English last week saying, Iran Lies. Netanyahu’s interference was so obtuse that Obama once said that Israel was the only country that was against the deal and it would be an “abrogation of my constitutional duty” if he didn’t push the Iran deal.

Then it came out over the weekend that a “creepy” Israeli intelligence outfit that did spying for Harvey Weinstein reportedly tried to dig up personal dirt on two Obama officials who had spearheaded the deal (Ben Rhodes and Colin Kahl), in order to discredit the deal. The firm was reportedly hired by a business client that has “commercial interests related to sanctions on Iran,” reports the New Yorker.

Now the press is full of speculation that Trump allies hired the firm in an effort to undermine the deal; though Black Cube denies as much. “[I]f Trump’s team had any role at all in using foreign spies against American citizens, it should end his presidency,” Michelle Goldberg writes at the Times.

But what about possible Israeli meddling? Is it possible that the Israeli government had anything to do with this effort? As the New Yorker notes, Black Cube is very close to the Israeli government.

Black Cube is known for its close ties to current and former power players in Israeli politics and intelligence. The late Meir Dagan, a former Mossad director, once served as the company’s president. Ehud Barak, the former Israeli Prime Minister, has publicly acknowledged that he introduced Weinstein to Black Cube’s leadership.

One of the targets of the spying, Colin Kahl, points in a tweet to a possible Israel angle as motivation for the undertaking: Kahl and Rhodes were allegedly hurting Israeli security.

About a month after the Israeli firm was allegedly hired, anonymous White House officials reached out to the Washington Free Beacon, a right-wing tabloid, to smear Ben & me with baseless & false accusations. Notice the Israel angle to this piece. [link to Free Beacon article]

No one is going to connect the dots here. No one will point out that Trump’s biggest financial backer, Sheldon Adelson, who wishes he had served in the Israeli army not the American one, wanted President Obama to nuke Iran. Or that Trump’s former national security adviser, Mike Flynn, had to resign after it came out that he had lied about his contact with the Russians– in order to help Israel. Flynn got in touch with the Russians during the transition in December 2016, in a failed attempt to help Israel in the Security Council on the resolution condemning settlements that President Obama was about to abstain on.

So Trump and the Israelis were colluding and interfering. But the press preferred to talk about Russian collusion. If only: the Russians are all for the Iran Deal.

The press likes the Black Cube story as further evidence of Trump’s corruption. Trump officials were “obsessed” with Colin Kahl and Ben Rhodes, Michelle Goldberg reports. Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker also plays up the Trump-dirty-politics angle:

The Observer [which broke the story] reported that aides of President Trump had hired Black Cube to run the operation in order to undermine the Iran deal, allegations that Black Cube denies. “The idea was that people acting for Trump would discredit those who were pivotal in selling the deal, making it easier to pull out of it,” a source told the Observer.

You’d think the press might turn attention on Israel. It has been interfering in our foreign policy on the Iran Deal for a long time. And it has lots of friends in the U.S. who are only too happy to push Netanyahu’s agenda, beginning with some of Trump’s biggest donors.

But no one connects the dots. Israel’s interference is not a story.

Update: In response to this story we were contacted by Black Cube asking us to run the following comment:

From : Info Black Cube <[email protected]>
Date : Thu, 10 May 2018 07:35:17 -0700
Subject : Urgent – Response

Dear sirs, you have just published an article regarding our firm. Please add our full comment ASAP! It causes us damage and it’s defamation without our full denial.

Our comment:

“It is Black Cube’s policy to never discuss its clients with any third party, and to never confirm or deny any speculation made with regard to the company’s work.

Referencing Black Cube has become an international sport during 2018. Black Cube has no relation whatsoever to the Trump administration, to Trump aides, to anyone close to the administration, or to the Iran Nuclear deal. Anyone who claims otherwise is misleading their readers and viewers.

Luckily, the Mossad and the CIA are capable to deal with the Iran Nuclear deal and other issues of national security without relying on the expertise of Black Cube.

It is important to note that Black Cube always operates in full compliance of the law in every jurisdiction in which it conducts its work, following legal advice from the world’s leading law firms.”

Thank you,

Black Cube

We reached out to Black Cube to try to confirm that this statement was actually sent by the intelligence firm, but have received no response. However, similar statements have been published by other media outlets which would seem to indicate that it was.

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  1. on May 8, 2018, 12:30 pm

    Worse, in the case of Iran the dots are simply manufactured — rushing to build a nuclear weapon; threatening to wipe Israel off the map — then connected.

    One such dot, the most egregious of all: Andrew Rosenthal putting “Iran’s Nukes” in title of an NYT editorial. Why? Because he knows, or knew, while virtually no one reads NYT editorials but the people they’re written about, most will scan the titles: see “Iran’s Nukes.” “Information” planted in their “brains.” Every little bit helps.

    • Boomer on May 8, 2018, 3:55 pm

      re: “Andrew Rosenthal putting “Iran’s Nukes” in title of an NYT editorial.”

      Thanks for mentioning that. I remember being surprised and bothered by that headline, but didn’t say anything about it. And really, what good does it do for an individual to critique the NYT. Still, it was good that you called it out, and good Phil and Donald did so regarding Israel’s role. Farrow has rightly and repeatedly emphasized the role of Black Cube, and the techniques deployed by powerful men in our society today, whether it’s to suppress the truth about a rapist, or to suppress the truth about some other matter of public import. Regardless of exactly who contracted with them, the implications are ominous for our society.

      As for the NYT, I’m again reminded that oftentimes what matters is what the “Very Serious People” say matters, not the facts. I recall a long thumb-sucker by the former editor of the war-mongering paper, after the absence of WMD in Iraq was impossible to deny. He was concerned only with justification in the eyes of the “VSPs,” as evident by his “putting aside those who opposed the invasion from the beginning,” as not worth consideration.

    • US Citizen on May 8, 2018, 6:20 pm

      If only, if only a ‘journalist’ would have the balls to stand up and ask the following – Israel is the only country in the Middle East that has nuclear weapons and has refused to sign the NNPT and consistently lies about their nuclear arsenal. Everyone knows it.

      When is Israel going to sign the NNPT which Iran has already done?
      When is Israel going to allow IAEA inspections which Iran has already done?

      Israel can claim ‘ambiguitiy’ over nukes but Iran who publicly states ‘we’re not interested in nukes’ can not?

      And as long as Israel defends nuclear ambiguity as ‘strategic advantage’, Iran can also defend it’s nuclear ambiguity as ‘strategic advantage’. So leave Iran alone as long as you allow Israel to defend it’s nuclear ambiguity as ‘strategic advantage’.

      If the US and Israel want Iranian nuclear transparency, then Israel better be just as transparent. What say you?

      • CigarGod on May 8, 2018, 8:31 pm

        What kind of “journalist” do you think the Big Six hire these days?

      • pabelmont on May 8, 2018, 8:50 pm

        USCit: No, no, no! Israel can use ambiguity because the VSPs allow it to go unquestioned — it’s necessary or clever or something; and Iran cannot use ambiguity because the VSPs don’t allow it to go unquestioned — it’s evil or something. Simple really. Enemies and friends are treated differently. And arms of US F/P are treated differently from others.

        Maybe this whole thing is coming to a boil — or melt-down: ( )

      • paulgaaron on May 9, 2018, 9:19 am

        Lame BBC Radio 4 Today interview with Sir Mark Regev, Israeli Ambassador to UK
        May 8, 2018
        Yea. Verily. Indeed. Wasn’t planning a Fat Barry ep. today but the interview this morning was so toothless that Brenda and I were at a loss for words.

        We both agree that we don’t really mind which country is in possession of the nuclear warhead that blows us to Kingdom Come when the pressure cooker that is the Middle East finally blows. Sir Mark Regev’s silence when meekly confronted by Mishal Hussein about Israeli nuclear capability and disclosure was deafening. And the failure to follow it with a further question would have been laughable had it not also been so sinister.

        The questions about snipers killing people along the fence at Gaza were also a bit woolly and left an impression of obsequiousness rather than, er, you know, journalism.

    • Moral Jews on May 9, 2018, 5:13 pm

      Zionists have always been accomplished warmongers, liars, and on a Biblical Scale……Deceivers.
      We Moral Jews despair of the Evil that is Zionism. Zionism is NOT Judaism. Zionism is Jewish Fascism. Israel is a violent, racist, Godless, genocidal Police State. A thug is a thug.

  2. Bumblebye on May 8, 2018, 4:54 pm

    Israel making hay.

    They’re presently (or within the last couple hours) bombing an iranian convoy in Syria.

    Taking Trump’s withdrawal as a joint declaration of war against iran?

  3. Patrick on May 8, 2018, 5:13 pm

    Yesterday I watched the David Sanger of the NY Times in a video presentation explaining why Trump should be so opposed to the Iran Deal. Lots of reasons put forth, but not one word on Adelson, or Israel. Despite making a number of valid points, it was a fundamentally dishonest presentation.

    • Boomer on May 8, 2018, 8:38 pm

      re: “Despite making a number of valid points, it was a fundamentally dishonest presentation.”


      • Moral Jews on May 9, 2018, 5:18 pm

        Pay attention.
        When any U.S. Politician, or any “Defense Insider” or major “Policy Spokesperson” or any Commentator on ANY of our media support dismantling our Treat with Iran…..that person is a carrier of Mossad, AIPAC and Israeli Disinformation. They are Fifth Columnists, intent on harming the U.S, while serving Israel ONLY.

      • DaBakr on May 11, 2018, 1:29 am


        There was never a “treaty” signed by the US. It was a non-binding agreement that Obama made on his own without the approval of Congress which he would have needed to negotiate an actual treaty. This was basically Obama’s word and the Iranians knew this full well going in. They fully expected the next pres would keep status quo. They just didn’t expect a trump would win at the time. But, no president, wether Bernie, Hillary or anybody else was bound by Obama’s’best bad deal’ . That is why it faced a decision by May. Regardless of how great a deal commenters believe Obama made wth the militaristic and expansionist mullahs there was never an obligation, in law or credibility to continue this one sided farce. Europe was happy with it, naturally. But afaict the US got absolutely zero from it.

        Sure, Obama fantasized that the mullahs could be seduced to rejoin the world as rational players, not extreme religious fanatics. The hundreds of billions given to them was supposed to go to helping their economy. It went right into Syria, Yemen, Hezbollah, Iraq,, etc. Ben Rhoads is a lying genius I guess

  4. Kay24 on May 8, 2018, 5:48 pm

    This was the worst decision Trump has ever made. This has long reaching consequences. This has isolated the US from the rest of the sane world, and lined the US with Israel once again.
    It was not Iran that reneged on the deal, but it was Trump’s America, at the prodding of that world known liar, Netanyahu, who embarrassed himself once again, with that laughable presentation of old files and discs, trying to scare the world once again about how dangerous Iran is. Meanwhile Israeli has the disgraceful record of attacking it’s neighbors, while Iran has not done so for centuries. America will never be trusted again. It has broken the nuclear deal, and made the other nations distrust us. The US will be known for not honoring it’s word, and
    we will be pariahs in the world. The inmates are running this asylum.

    Netanyahu must be opening his bottle of pink champagne in celebration.

    • Boomer on May 8, 2018, 8:41 pm

      re: “This was the worst decision Trump has ever made.”

      Well, I don’t know. In fairness, he has made plenty of bad ones. Pulling out of the Paris Agreement and the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement, most of his appointments, the list goes on.

    • Misterioso on May 9, 2018, 10:19 am

      @Kay24, et al

      Perhaps now is the right time to revisit a video featuring Bibi revealing that he can easily manipulate the US to do Israel’s bidding. He didn’t known that he was being recorded. (“Netanyahu Unaware of the Camera ‘America can easily be moved.'”)

    • inbound39 on May 9, 2018, 12:36 pm

      Absolutely the final straw that has broken America’s back. Israel has thrown America under the bus and Adelson’s pet President….Trump……is the conduit it was done through. I took personal note that though Trump announced the shifting of the Embassy to Jerusalem he did not have the fortitude to show up for the opening. Maybe he is starting to realise he has put his neck in Israel’s noose. Israel owns America lock stock and two smoking barrels. America will never be viewed honourably ever again. The Zionists have struck the blow to America it can never recover from. America’s word means nothing and the next thing to follow here is American troops and not Israeli troops will lose their lives fighting another battle for Israel. This time with Iran. The cost of that battle will be huge and Netanyahu has already made the first step to ensure American losses by attacking Syria two hours after Trumps speech hoping to provoke Iran into a response. Pompeo has already said America has Israel’s back against Iran. Iran has done nothing to warrant the deal being scrapped nor has it illegally entered Syria….it was invited.

    • on May 9, 2018, 8:52 pm

      Another nail in the coffin. Russia China and Iran have all just become closer to Europe isolating the US and Israel

    • DaBakr on May 11, 2018, 2:16 am

      Repeat. There was NO BINDING DEAL. It’s a figment of your and Obama and Rhoads scheme to bypass Congress(who surely would have mounted a different tactic. The mullahs were fully aware this deal was no binding treaty and only signed by executive privilege with no binding weight, and hence, this may re-look.
      . I understands our appeasment minded euro partners wanting toThe deal if not just for pure profit motive. Noting wrong with that. But did they every consider the the mullah tyrants had absolutely no intention of using the influx of funding and cash to hep bull the long stretch Iranian middle class. Instead, I’m sure most informed Iranians now know the Iranian leaders pumped all pic threes billions 📢

    • DaBakr on May 11, 2018, 2:33 am

      Don’t worry friend. Really, chill out a little bit. Putin doesn’t give a damn and neither does great Britain. Iran loves to accuse the’zionist entity’ of causing there’s problems but add to how they have an excuse for counting on a shaky foundation of a deal to continue to deliver them millions I in military shipments to Syria and Hezbollah which could be used against Israel by any

  5. Jasonius Maximus on May 8, 2018, 5:52 pm

    It’s utterly embarrassing!

    The media seems to have a complete and utter blind spot the size of New York and New Jersey when it comes to Israel.

    In fact, they actively seem to be going miles and miles out of their way to avoid connecting even a single dot when Israel comes up in anyway in regard to Iran and the JCPOA. Israel who not only rallied against the agreement, but who was caught actively spying and trying to undermine the negotiations AS they were underway in Europe!

    Even Rachael Maddow, arguably one of the most studious and well researched shows on network news, who has no problems identifying each and every single Russian and American that has ever worked for, with, or who has come into contact with the FSB or a previous agent of the FSB, can connect the dots back to Putin and the Russian governments attempts to interfere in US policy. Yet can’t get within a country mile of the exact same thought or scenario, when it is abundantly clear that Israel and previous (arguably current) Israel intelligence agents have and are doing the EXACT same thing?

    Today our President pulled out of the JCPOA with Iran while reading out a speech that quite literally couldn’t have sounded more like Benjamin Netanyahu if Bibi himself had himself written it! In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if huge chunks of it were cobbled together and copy and pasted from Bibi’s last address to the UN General Assembly and his recent “They lied!” farce.

    And yet even the most cynical, suspicious, progressive, “open minded”, deeply researched, and diligent talking heads and journos in the land seem to willingly ignore the glaringly obvious hand Israel (a foreign nation) has had in this matter. Maybe it’s just the ol’ unspoken elephant in the room for US media, or maybe that same and obvious hand at play is so far up their collective rear ends, that they aren’t even aware anymore that it is and has been moving their lips for them for decades now…

    Nah, never!

    • Rock B on May 8, 2018, 8:21 pm

      I think the mainstream media are afraid of being accused of anti-semitism if they criticize Israel. If you watched Trump giving his speech at the AIPAC convention in 2016, you may recall that he said he would be the best president Israel ever had. Today he delivered on his promise.

      • CigarGod on May 8, 2018, 11:22 pm

        That’s not why.
        Start working on a list of owners and managers.
        You’ll get it.

      • Tuyzentfloot on May 9, 2018, 4:51 am

        Cigargod says:That’s not why.
        Start working on a list of owners and managers.
        You’ll get it.

        then why so many public intellectuals join in on the narrative? I have a pretty well defined understanding about how media conformity works and maybe I’ll find a place to expand on it. In any case, it’s there, the mainstream perception of international politics is its own reality, it aligns with power, and it easily detaches from the reality on the ground. It’s being challenged by alternative media for now due to a window which has opened in the last 15 years, and the war on fake news will try to close that window.

    • Boomer on May 8, 2018, 8:36 pm

      I mostly agree with you Maximus, though according to this guy, the blind spot is about the size of New Jersey alone, without New York.

  6. on May 8, 2018, 6:55 pm

    Let’s not forget the just as vile Saudis in all of this. US – Israel – Saudi – today’s axis of evil.

    Now that tRUMP has pulled out what’s next? I wonder what Putin is thinking?

    • CigarGod on May 8, 2018, 8:28 pm

      I’d be thinking: I better get someone to open all my doors for me. I don’t want to be Salisbury’d.

    • Kay24 on May 8, 2018, 9:00 pm

      Apparently that pipsqueak, the UAE, has joined that axis of evil, and applauded Trump stupid decision too. Neighbor envy, sectarian enmity, or simply liking to cuddle with the zionists, anything is possible.

      • on May 9, 2018, 7:45 pm


        UAE = Saudi’s lackey

        Always has been – always will be. When I lived in Dubai the Saudis would cross over to do what they wouldn’t dare to do in their home country. They parade around like peacocks and often treat the locals like peasants.

        It’s like when the Americans visit Canada and believe they own the place.

  7. CigarGod on May 8, 2018, 8:22 pm

    Almost all people seem to accept the Zionist propaganda that of course the germans knew…they had to.
    Well, as Phil mentioned the other day, we have faaar greater access to the truth today than the germans ever did… and the vast majority of humanity doesn’t know what is going on now either.

    We are as dumb as rats.
    If we were conscious we’d deserve what was headed our way.

  8. Kathleen on May 8, 2018, 8:54 pm

    Chris Hayes had Lawrence Wilkerson on tonight (Tuesday) who politely pointed the finger for Trump pulling out of Iran deal right at Israel

    • Citizen on May 9, 2018, 9:25 am

      Yes he did. Chris, unusually , had no tough follow up questions. In fact, he had none at all. I guess we should be happy Wilkerson got to speak.

      • Kathleen on May 10, 2018, 12:05 pm

        He stepped out of the MSNBC comfort $$$ zone more than any other host on this issue.

        Melissa Harris Perry used to step out regularly on this critical issue…she was canned.

  9. Tuyzentfloot on May 9, 2018, 4:16 am

    I value Hillary Mann-Leverett’s point of view a lot and in an earlier online appearance at Al Jazeera she pointed out that the Trump administration actually has a general strategy even if you don’t like it. And it’s better than ‘he’s working for Israel’. It’s more ‘I’ll make Iran the enemy and you pay the US an awful lot of money’.
    I have to dig to find it but here she is on april 25th.

    One could claim he has a point in declaring the Iran deal a bad deal. Iran gets something for giving up something it never was interested in in the first place, so what does the US get out of it?

    • Tuyzentfloot on May 9, 2018, 11:42 am

      Here is her latest article

      But too many of the Middle East’s contemporary political orders are simply not constituted on bases permitting them to pursue genuine foreign policy independence – or tolerate its pursuit by other regional states. These orders – including, most prominently, Israel and Saudi Arabia – remain fundamentally dependent for their long-term survival on an American superpower committed to consolidating and maintaining dominance over Middle East security and political affairs. Such reliance compels them to oppose efforts by regional neighbours to chart their own paths. As a result, they regularly misrepresent commitment to foreign policy independence by states like Iran, Qatar, and Turkey as a “threat to regional stability” to justify their own coercively interventionist postures.

  10. Hussein Hammami on May 9, 2018, 9:27 am

    I wouln’t know about any Israeli interference in the internal affairs of the United States, but someone certainly has control of the bull by pulling at its nose ring.

    • Misterioso on May 9, 2018, 10:03 am

      @Hussein Hammani, et al

      Here’s a major negative consequence for America (and France) brought on by the bozo in the White House bending over for Netanyahu and Sheldon Adelson, MBS, et al.

      “Trump’s Iran Deal Exit Halts Historic, $40 Billion Boeing, Airbus Deals”
      Fortune Magazine, May 8/18

      “The U.S. withdrawal from a nuclear accord with Iran slams shut what had been a brief opening for historic aircraft sales by Boeing Co. and Airbus SE to the Islamic Republic.”

      “President Donald Trump’s announcement that the U.S would seek to re-impose sanctions left little hope that the plane making duopolists will be able to consummate $40 billion in aircraft deals struck by Iranian carriers during the brief trade thaw. Both companies’ export licenses to Iran will be revoked, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters.”

      “They also represent a lost opportunity for Chicago-based Boeing and Toulouse, France-based Airbus. The European plane maker is subject to U.S. export restrictions to Iran because more than 10 percent of the parts on its jets originate with U.S. companies such as United Technologies Corp., Rockwell Collins Inc. and General Electric Co.”

      • catalan on May 9, 2018, 11:09 am

        ““Trump’s Iran Deal Exit Halts Historic, $40 Billion Boeing, Airbus Deals” misterioso
        I thought that Boeing is a BDS target. So then it would be a good thing that they lost the Iran business. Or am I missing something?

      • Misterioso on May 9, 2018, 12:45 pm


        “I thought that Boeing is a BDS target. So then it would be a good thing that they lost the Iran business. Or am I missing something?”

        I don’t know if Boeing is “a BDS target.” However, even if it is, Trump’s cancellation of the Iran nuclear deal (due in large measure to Sheldon Adelson, Netanyahu and MBS) definitely serves the interests of the entity known as “Israel,” not the Palestinians. In short, speaking as one, I have no doubt that supporters of BDS are very unhappy with Trump’s move.

      • catalan on May 9, 2018, 1:28 pm

        “I don’t know if Boeing is “a BDS target.” “
        It is listed as one of the companies that the GW students want to divest from. You can find the article on this very site. So the goal of divestment is reducing the stock price in order to hurt the company. So now the company is hurt because of the loss of the Iran deal. If you want to hurt Boeing, which is what BDs wants, then you should be happy they lost the business. Otherwise, what is the point of BDS? On the one side, divest and boycott, and on the other side, cry when they lose business?

      • Mooser on May 9, 2018, 6:10 pm

        “If you want to hurt Boeing, which is what BDs wants, then you should be happy they lost the business. Otherwise, what is the point of BDS?” “catalan”

        You are indeed a sad little man.

      • catalan on May 9, 2018, 8:34 pm

        “You are indeed a sad little man.”
        It is the truth. I am sad and I am little – but isn’t it the kind of enemy one prefers. That’s why Zionism is losing; because we are sad little people. Soon Israel will be history and socialism will win in the US. Until then though I plan to enjoy the show.

      • Mooser on May 10, 2018, 4:44 pm

        “That’s why Zionism is losing; because we are sad little people”

        Don’t worry, “catalan”, you have convinced me, and I would venture to say, many others, that you haven’t got,( aside from spinning sadistic fantasies about the suffering Israel can inflict on the Palestinians) a goddamn thing to do with Zionism. Claimed so yourself, many times.

  11. Ossinev on May 9, 2018, 9:56 am

    “Lame BBC Radio 4 Today interview with Sir Mark Regev, Israeli Ambassador to UK
    May 8, 2018”

    Have not been able to find a link to the actual programme. I always love listening to Regurgitev with his earthy let`s have another tinnie Aussie twang. Don`t be fooled by that of course.His poor family like all the other Zios were also driven out by those nasty Romans and he has simply returned with his fellow Zios be they Aussies or Inuits to reclaim what is rightfully his.
    Generally speaking and lets be clear about it he usually has a set hasbara response to any given question relating to Zio crimes or Zio duplicity and is rarely stuck for words. If a hasbarite of his experience and standing can appear to be trapped and frozen in the headlights when asked about Zioland`s nuclear arsenal and refusal to sign up to the NPT then it clearly signals Zioland`s Achilles Heel. And the more they bleat whinge and whine about Iran`s alleged nuclear duplicity the more they will be exposed to questions and actions about their own WMD arsenal.

  12. Misterioso on May 9, 2018, 10:26 am

    For the record:

    “Netanyahu opposition to Iran deal not shared by all Israelis”
    By Ian Deitch, Associated press

    “Shortly before Trump’s announcement, the former head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency said Iran is ‘fully complying with the nuclear deal.’ Tamir Pardo told a security conference in the coastal town of Herzliya there ‘still will be a need for some kind of deal at the end of the day.'”

  13. CHUCKMAN on May 9, 2018, 12:22 pm


    Trump is killing the treaty for one reason only.

    The government of Israel wants it killed. Netanyahu went out of his way to thank Trump immediately for this grotesque blunder.

    By pleasing the government of Israel in a big way – and there’s the double-plus of the insane embassy move – Trump is assuring himself of the most generous support possible in 2020 from the American Israel Lobby.

    It could be called playing the Truman card, President Truman having won the 1948 election he had been forecast to lose after bowing to pressure, and against his best judgment as he told us in memoirs, from Israel supporters to immediately recognize the self-declared state of Israel.

    He has assured himself lots of good publicity in high-end newspapers and by the major broadcasters plus generous campaign finance contributions.

    That is the way politics work in America.

    All at the cost to the world of stability and security.

    And at the cost to America’s reputation for holding to its agreements, something which could prove extremely costly in the near future.

    And the cost of adding a new element of hostility and risk of war in a very turbulent world.

    What a way to run a government, the most consequential government on earth.

  14. genesto on May 9, 2018, 1:27 pm

    I understand the Phyllis Bennis has FINALLY blamed the rush to war with Iran on the Israel lobby.

    Can Chomsky be far behind?

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