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November 14, 2018

Netanyahoo's Likely Fall Destroys Trump's Middle East Strategy

The political upheaval in Israel is a problem for the White House and its Middle East plans.

Today Israel's defense minister Avigor Lieberman resigned and called for new elections. He disagreed with prime minister Netanyahoo over the renewed ceasefire in Gaza.

Netanyahoo had worked towards the earlier ceasefire to split Gaza under Hamas from the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank under Mahmoud Abbas. That split is along the ideological line of the larger split in the Middle East between Qatar and Turkey as the supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and the absolute rules like the Saudi clown prince Mohammad bin Salman. Qatar is now financing Hamas in Gaza while the Saudis prop up Abbas.

This splitting up of the Palestinians is an intended part of the Jared Kushner 'peace' plan for the Middle East. The Palestinians shall no longer be recognized as a people but must be splintered into small local groups without a common identity who can then be more easily suppressed.

Lieberman seems to disagree with this plan. He wants to wage war against Hamas and defeat it. Any such attempt would of course reunite the Palestinians. But there is a loud constituency in the Zionist population that supports Lieberman's way.

This photo was taken today shortly before Lieberman resigned. Netanyahoo was not happy about the dilemma he is now in.


He wanted to avoid an early election. His Likud party just lost seats in local elections and he is afraid of a campaign that would play out over Gaza and his 'dovish' stand in the latest conflict.

But with only a two seat majority and an unstable coalition Netanyahoo will have trouble to hold on.

Naftali Bennett, the leader of the rightwing religious Jewish Home party, demands to be made defense minister. Netanyahoo does not want to give Bennet such a high profile job. But Bennett threatens to resign and to bring the Netanyahoo's coalition down if he does not get his will.

Netanyahoo is already the prime minister, foreign minister and health minister of Israel. He will now add the title of defense minister if only for a short time. Elections will likely be held in March.

There are currently some 18 parties and political groups in the Knesset. Netanyahoo's Likud party holds 30 of 120 seats but could easily lose some in a new election. With a smaller base Netanyahoo would have difficulties to build a new coalition and to again become prime minster.

Jared Kushner, the son in law of president Trump, has his 'deal of the century' Middle East plan build on his very personal relation with Netanyahoo and Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. If Netanyahoo is no longer prime minister that plan is even more dead than it already seems to be. The Trump administration has no alternative policy and Kushner is not the one to develop and pursue it.

The common patron and biggest donor of Trump and of Netanyahoo is the casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson. Can he buy Netanyahoo a new premiership? If he can't, and Trump's Israel policy is thereby dead, will he still support Trump in his re-election campaign?

The White House will have to think about that and come up with a plan to support Netanyahoo. What could it do?

As for Lieberman. He is a brash and thuggish man with little political foresight. In 2016 he boosted that he would kill Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas in Gaza, should he become defense minister. Six weeks later he became defense minister.


The website Is Ismail Haniyeh dead yet? has counted the time since Lieberman became defense minister. 2 years, 5 months, 2 weeks and 1 day later the answer is still "No". It is one reason why it is unlikely that he will ever become prime minister.



Lieberman is also a casualty of the "Assad must go" curse.

He joins a number of other prominent politicians who have called for the overthrow of the Syrian president and lost their job while Bashar al-Assad still enjoys his (vid).


Posted by b on November 14, 2018 at 03:23 PM | Permalink

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The reality is that right or not , Israel is a Jewish state. The Palestinians who are Israeli are second class citizens. Those in Gaza and the occupied west bank are inconveniences and being subjected to genocide so as to depopulate them. Much like US and others have done with their native populations. Chomsky said Israel is showing “Judeo-Nazi tendencies” . Others have used the Apartheid word.

Many Jews who support Israel, primarily due to the holoculaust (before 1933 there was little support) , dont like what they are doing much, but the Jewish lobby and dual nationals make sure the elite and MSM supports Israel without condition, and frankly they seem to have a mutual interest in the region.

Zionism is and has always been tool of the global elite, as has religion, and communism. Conspiracy theories where Jews control finance and seek to rule the world enable them a cover and the ability to write off any talk of a financial conspiracy by the global elite as anti semitism. Its such an effective disruptor of discussion (like holocaust denier, climate denier, anti vaccer, sexist, racist, etc labels) that if anti semitism did not exist they would have to create it.
So while Zionists (many of whom are non Jews) are tools of make up some of the global elite , they are not the controlling faction IMO .

As for Israel , it is just like much of the rest of the world, in that it is moving right and have been doing so for many years . Israel however is unlike their allies in the sense that they make no attempt to cover up or dress up their actions against the Palestinians , knowing they are supported no matter what they do . If the mask of deception is removed from each countrys ruling elite , then Israels elite would look no worse. The unwanted classes in these countries are simply moved to urban ghettos or jailed , and entirely ignored. Living like the proles in 1984

The herd making up the population in all these countries, working in government, industry and military/intelligence are made to believe their actions and that of their country (knowing very little about what they are) are justified, much as the Germans in the 30’s did. Goebbells described this very clearly. Edward Bernay described how he got support for Americas involvement in WWI . Propaganda is even more potent today

Indeed it appears that the War against Fascism that supposedly was won 70 years ago has led to a Global Fascism today , merely disguised as democratic neoliberalism or neoliberal socialism (China) . Perhaps a friendlier fascism than in the 30’s-40’s, with running shoes instead of a boot, and the illusion of rights and equality , but beneath the surface lurks an evil that dare not be spoke of.

Posted by: Pft | Nov 15, 2018 8:48:46 PM | 101

@ToivoS | Nov 15, 2018 6:12:19 PM | 24

a #15 asks: Why the farce for the media that everyone cares about who ordered what in Saudi Arabia?

I too had that question. I think it comes down to the fact that Khashoggi worked for the Washington Post.

My theory is that the Khashoggi family has been keeping the murder of Jamal in the news. The BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement is affecting the Washington Post, and is really hurting their finances. (And the finances of the New York Times as well.) The Posties are the bribed tools of the wealthy family.

Posted by: Cyril | Nov 15, 2018 11:34:58 PM | 102

@Cyril | Nov 15, 2018 11:34:58 PM | 107

Oops, that was posted on the wrong thread. Sorry.
Will now repost in the correct location.

Posted by: Cyril | Nov 15, 2018 11:42:44 PM | 103

Russ says:

War is the one principle holding the Zionist state together

gosh, kinda like Truman's National Security State

thus reaffirming once again the amazing universal principle of magnetism.

Posted by: john | Nov 16, 2018 6:22:30 AM | 104

Fo a while now, I've been using the obvious troll/hasbara accounts of the mainstream media's comment sections as indicators for the bigger direction of mainstream sympathies. With a little bit of experience it's relatively easy to spot them, even if they're changing monikers or taking turns.
Seems like Netanyahu hasn't got too many sympathies at the moment, at least amongst the professional troll accounts. Seems to me he is too mild on Putin for them.
Does not bode well for a future replacement I guess.

Posted by: radiator | Nov 16, 2018 3:19:20 PM | 105

Below is a link from ZH authored by Tom Luongo and he quotes b's posting here at MoA

Is The Gaza Ceasefire The End For Netanyahu?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Nov 17, 2018 12:38:06 AM | 106

- I knew that with the rise of Naftali Bennett, Netanjahu's days would be numbered. It surprised me that it took this long. I don't think Netanjahu will sruvive the next elections.
- Besides that, every politician has a "date of expiration".

Posted by: Willy2 | Nov 17, 2018 4:05:08 PM | 107

Netanyahoo survives as Naftali Bennet tracks back from his ultimatum

'Israel Stopped Winning': Minister Bennett Slams Netanyahu, but Won't Quit Government

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the leader of the far-right Habayit Hayehudi party, slammed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the security situation, but refused to follow through with his ultimatum to quit the government after the prime minister refused to hand him the defense portfolio.

"Something bad is happening on the inside, including during the last decade in Netanyahu's governments - the State of Israel stopped winning," Bennett said.

No new elections in March but there is still the possibility that Netanyahoo will be indicted fro graft.

Posted by: b | Nov 19, 2018 6:00:12 AM | 108

naftali is a bit of a weasel it would appear...

Posted by: james | Nov 19, 2018 10:52:52 AM | 109

- Netanjahu is getting deeper into trouble. I suspect that Naftali Bennett is actively undermining Netanjahu in order to grab the power himself.

Posted by: Willy2 | Dec 3, 2018 2:28:27 PM | 110

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