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‘Vote for Benjamin!’ — Netanyahu could get Trump’s endorsement when he visits DC next week

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Today the White House rolled out the red carpet for Benjamin Netanyahu. It announced that President Trump will meet with the Israel premier twice next week when he comes to Washington to speak at the AIPAC policy conference.

The President and the Prime Minister will discuss their countries’ shared interests and actions in the Middle East during a working meeting on March 25. The President will also host the Prime Minister for dinner on March 26.

Meantime, Netanyahu held a joint appearance with the US Secretary of State in Israel and lavished praise on Donald Trump’s support for the country, then said he was looking forward to the D.C. meetings with Trump, “and I believe we can carry this relationship [forward] even stronger.”

A reporter called out: “How do you feel that your relationship with President Trump will help your reelection sir?”

Netanyahu ignored the question, but he is certainly leading in the Trump primary ahead of the April 9 election. That primary takes place next week in Washington. His chief rival Benny Gantz will also be speaking at AIPAC, but is not likely to have an audience with the most powerful man in the world.

Trump showed his hand, says Evan Gottesman of the Israel Policy Forum, when his ally Senator Lindsey Graham and ambassador David Friedman paraded around the occupied territories with Netanyahu last week. “Friedman has to know and Graham has to know that they’re going to end up in a campaign ad,” Gottesman says.

“We can call this an unofficial endorsement of Benjamin Netanyahu by the US president,” Eli Kowaz of Israel Policy Forum adds. “And it could be an endorsement that even becomes official when Netanyahu visits Washington.”

Netanyahu campaign ads have quoted Trump’s praise of Netanyahu last month in Vietnam:

Well, I just think he’s been a great prime minister.  And I don’t know about his [indictment] difficulty, but… I can say this: that he’s done a great job as prime minister.  He’s tough, he’s smart, he’s strong.

They have also featured clips of Trump endorsing Netanyahu in 2013 when Trump was not president.

A strong prime minister is a strong Israel and you truly have a great prime minister… There’s nobody like him. He’s a winner. He’s highly respected, he’s highly thought of by all. And people really do have great respect for what has happened in Israel. So vote for Benjamin– terrific guy, terrific leader.

The relationship between the leaders is so strong that Kowaz says some Israeli commentators have said it’s a “mistake” for Gantz to attend the AIPAC policy conference next week.

There will be a lot going on. Netanyahu will be there and I assume he will receive a red carpet welcome from the President… And I think [Gantz] will have his work cut out for him. It’s his first big speech on the foreign policy stage… It’s a place where Netanyahu is super comfortable, and it’s a bit of foreign territory for Gantz.

Netanyahu of course speaks American-accented English. “We haven’t heard Gantz’s American accent,” says Kowaz.

Evan Gottesman agrees on the risk. “Some people have questioned the wisdom of Gantz going to the AIPAC conference at all. Whether he would be better off campaigning at home… It’s unlikely that Gantz will have any invitation to the White House whereas Netanyahu is scheduled to be meeting with Trump. There’s a lot of this trip that will come out positive for Netanyahu, and there aren’t the same guarantees for Benny Gantz.”

The latest ad from Netanyahu features Mike Huckabee praising Netanyahu’s global stature:

All of us recognize that what he has for the people of Israel is a frame of reference and a depth of relationship with world leaders across the spectrum of politics. No one has that, no one in the entire world has developed those kinds of relationships.

 

 

 

Philip Weiss

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  1. Kay24 on March 20, 2019, 8:57 pm

    Who else will Trump endorse, after all this is Jared’s good buddy, the man who slept on Jared’s bed when he visited the Kushner’s. You can be sure Trump will always support the most corrupt and the meanest, around the world, and yes, he will always protect and support nations and leaders that help the Kushner and Trump family businesses too. No mystery here. It will be a shock to all our systems, if he does NOT endorse another crooked leader, just like he is.

    • annie on March 21, 2019, 1:05 pm

      Well, I just think he’s been a great prime minister. And I don’t know about his [indictment] difficulty, but… I can say this: that he’s done a great job as prime minister.

      the kinda guy who can overlook butchering a guy into little pieces can certainly overlook any kind of indictment.

      You can be sure Trump will always support the most corrupt and the meanest, around the world

      they love him in israel.

      • eljay on March 21, 2019, 1:15 pm

        … Trump’s praise of Netanyahu …

        Well, I just think he’s been a great prime minister. … he’s done a great job as prime minister. … a great prime minister…

        No doubt about it: Bibi’s got the supremacist chops to be the “great prime minister” of a colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist “Jewish State”.

      • Kay24 on March 21, 2019, 8:37 pm

        It takes one corrupt leader to praise another one, who is on the brink of being indicted.

        They do love him in Israel. After all he gave them Jerusalem. It is ironic however, that they don’t seem to mind that he supported the white supremacists, who chanted “Jews cannot replace us” in Charlottesville”, but hey, when you get Jerusalem, and show hatred for Muslims, how can you be mad at that.

    • Misterioso on March 22, 2019, 9:57 am

      @Kay24, et al

      Worth checking out:

      Just released video:

      March 21/19

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=11&v=0SP_T-5J-Xs

      “Major 2020 Candidates Abandon AIPAC Conference”

  2. JWalters on March 20, 2019, 10:08 pm

    In the Golan Heights –

    Bibi: “These oil leases will be held by Genie Energy.”

    Lindsay: “I know them. Nate Rothschild owns shares, I believe.”

    Bibi: “Correct. And his family was one of the major initial investors in Israel.”

    Lindsay: “The Balfour Declaration was a letter to his uncle or something, I believe.”

    Bibi: “Right. They paid for all the weapons, transportation, just about everything.”

    Some information on the economics of the Golan Heights today, at 11:00 and at 26:00.
    “The Rothschild Syria Connection”

    • Kay24 on March 21, 2019, 1:32 am

      JW, that is very explosive if true. I did not check out everything, but the part of Trump about buying 73 percent of Resorts shares is true, so is the info. on the board of directors of Genie Energy. It sounds like a fiction novel. How credible is Blackstone Intelligence?

      So if this is all true, would folks like Rachel Maddow and others in the zionist media, dare to broadcast/investigate this one, risking the wrath of the zionists? I think not.
      It seems the zionist connection to crime, politics, and war mongering, in the US, is even more sinister, and deeper than we thought.

      This would be very interesting information for Robert Mueller, and he should sift through all that information, to find out the truth. But would he?

      • JWalters on March 21, 2019, 5:55 pm

        Kay24, my assessment of Blackstone Intelligence is that it is highly credible. It’s named after William Blackstone, an eighteenth century English jurist. Abraham Lincoln studied Blackstone’s book on the principles of law, I believe. It reflects the research of Jake Morphonios and his network of connections. I don’t agree with Jake’s conservative social philosophy, but I find his investigations regarding foreign affairs and the role of big money banks is very solid, generally in agreement with the best researchers outside the mainstream media. His grandfather was an anti-corruption journalist. He has worked as an investigator in the financial industry. He is also, it seems to me, courageous in his standing up to the financial powers, though not foolish.

    • Marnie on March 22, 2019, 8:49 am

      I can’t get over how blase’ these criminals are, acting as if there isn’t going to be hell to pay when the shite hits the fan. Cool as cucumbers these mob boss murdering thieves. It’s all about the benjamins or shekels or whatever denomination and it always has been. But on the other hand, wasn’t it just swell of netanyahoo to give Aunt Pitty-Pat the impromptu history lesson!

      • RoHa on March 23, 2019, 4:58 am

        “I can’t get over how blase’ these criminals are, acting as if there isn’t going to be hell to pay when the shite hits the fan. ”

        And why not? If the shite ever does hit the fan, they will be securely insulated against any retribution on Earth, and rich enough to bribe their way out of Hell in the afterlife.

  3. JLewisDickerson on March 21, 2019, 1:30 pm

    RE: “Senator Lindsey Graham, Benjamin Netanyahu, and David Friedman in the Golan Heights, March 11, 2019.” ~ photo caption

    “Trump: Time for US to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights”
    26 mins ago – U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday evening to state that it was time the United States recognized Israeli sovereignty over …
    LINK – https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/trump-it-is-time-for-u-s-to-recognize-israel-s-sovereignty-over-golan-heights-1.7044588

  4. Ossinev on March 21, 2019, 2:00 pm

    “26 mins ago – U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday evening to state that it was time the United States recognized Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights”

    Perhaps the twit should go back on Twitter and retrospectively recognise Hitler`s conquest of Poland. The Nazis had a big thing about “security ” as well.

    There is oil there. Possibly scope for a few Trump golf resorts?

  5. ckg on March 21, 2019, 2:15 pm

    The Golan Heights announcement is a trial balloon for the “Judea and Samaria” announcement.

  6. Sibiriak on March 21, 2019, 2:29 pm

    UK will change tack on UN motions criticising Israel, says Jeremy Hunt

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/21/uk-will-change-tack-on-un-motions-criticising-israel-says-jeremy-hunt

    The UK will oppose motions criticising rights abuses in the West Bank and Gaza that are brought to the UN’s human rights council under a special procedure dedicated to Israel’s behaviour in the occupied territories, Jeremy Hunt has said.

    The move is likely to delight the Trump administration, which quit the human rights council in June last year, citing its approach to Israel. It also appears aimed at cementing the Conservative party’s relations with pro-Israel sections of the British Jewish community at a time when the Labour party is mired in criticism of its handling of antisemitism complaints.

    Writing in the Jewish Chronicle, the foreign secretary said a “disproportionate and discriminatory focus on Israel undermines the credibility of the world’s leading human rights forum and obstructs the quest for peace in the Middle East”.

    • YoniFalic on March 21, 2019, 3:36 pm

      The Conservative Party only cares about hyperwealthy donors to political causes.

      • JWalters on March 21, 2019, 6:00 pm

        Senator Dick Durbin said of the US Senate, “The banks own the place”. The banks have owned Parliament for over 100 years. And the mainstream press.

    • Maghlawatan on March 21, 2019, 4:09 pm

      The Conservative party is in the process of collapsing

      • RoHa on March 21, 2019, 7:33 pm

        The Labour Party doesn’t look to be in good shape, either.

      • gamal on March 22, 2019, 4:26 am

        “The Labour Party doesn’t look to be in good shape, either”

        I noticed your subtle reference to the maestro Fabian seems he is at least partly to blame for labours travails … in his Hamiltonian incarnation. (its twitter so i don’t really know what this link will do)

        https://twitter.com/markcurtis30/status/1108781450852208640

      • gamal on March 22, 2019, 6:28 pm

        “reference to the maestro Fabian”

        I have been trying to hold myself in check truth is Fabian eventually went roots reggae after the pop phase, its where we all end up, fulfilling Prophecy

        https://youtu.be/PeYfF9EuFOo

      • RoHa on March 23, 2019, 4:39 am

        Here’s a somewhat long bit on the topic.

        http://www.unz.com/article/uks-labour-antisemitism-split/

  7. Sibiriak on March 21, 2019, 2:31 pm

    Oil profits grease Trump administration’s move to recognize Israeli annexation of Golan

    https://www.rt.com/op-ed/454231-golan-heights-oil-recognise/

  8. Kay24 on March 21, 2019, 9:04 pm

    Get your barf bags ready, many members of Congress will be displaying their love for Israel, and pay homage to Netanyahu (isn’t he going to get indicted?), AIPAC, and dear Israel, since it is that time of year, and Pelosi, Schumer, and Hoyer, are going to embarrass us by kissing up to an occupier, and killer of children on stage, for all the world to see.

    There is one little difference this time – seems many of the Democratic Presidential hopefuls are NOT going (thanks to Moveon.org and others).

    “Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, are among the 2020 contenders who have decided not to attend. Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who is considering an independent bid for president, will also avoid the AIPAC conference.

    It comes as the liberal advocacy group MoveOn has called on Democratic presidential candidates to skip this year’s policy conference, saying AIPAC had tried to thwart the Iran nuclear deal and had employed “anti-Muslim and anti-Arab rhetoric.” By not attending, the Democratic candidates can demonstrate their progressive bona fides in an increasingly crowded 2020 field.”

    https://apnews.com/7470416d12a84154a6136ee47bd94e78

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