Netanyahu’s coalition deal paves the way to annexation

27 April 2020 — Jonathan Cook

With his rival Benny Gantz now on side and few checks in place, the prime minister is all set to rule with an iron fist

The National – 27 April 2020

Only weeks ago, Benjamin Netanyahu was a hair’s breadth from being ousted from the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office in disgrace, after 11 years of continuous rule. But after a dramatic turnaround in fortunes last week – that saw him signing a pact with Benny Gantz, his chief political rival – Netanyahu has begun to rapidly consolidate his power.

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The Things They Do

2 April 2020 — The Vulture

Came across this little gem whilst on my wanderings. It epitomises just what dumb-shits these so-called leaders really are.

Well. This is awkward. According to a report by Axios, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have addressed government officials on the topic of the coronavirus by … showing footage from a Hallmark Channel disaster TV series. A pair of Netanyahu’s cabinet ministers told Axios that the legally embattled PM “shared with his cabinet a video he claimed was evidence of Iran concealing coronavirus deaths by dropping bodies in garbage dumps,” before Netanyahu’s office realized “several hours later” that they were actually looking at a clip from the 2007 show Pandemic starring Tiffani Thiessen. (She plays a CDC doctor trying to stop a bird-flu outbreak in Los Angeles.)

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The coronavirus could force rival Benny Gantz to shake Netanyahu’s hand

15 March 2020 — Jonathan Cook

Having postponed his own trial for two months, Prime Minister Netanyahu may have left his rival with no option but to accept an offer to form a unity government

The National – 15 March 2020

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s caretaker prime minister, is preparing to squeeze every last drop of personal advantage from a local and global crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. He has needed to move fast.

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Netanyahu may yet prove himself the Houdini of Israeli politics

4 March 2020 — Jonathan Cook

The Israeli prime minister has worn down voters by refusing to go, while his rival Benny Gantz has no visible path to power

Middle East Eye – 4 March 2020

It may have taken him a year and three elections to achieve it, but on Tuesday, Benjamin Netanyahu started to look like the Great Houdini of Israeli politics – escape artist extraordinaire.

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Israelis have made their verdict clear: Benjamin Netanyahu’s time is up

18 September 2019 — Jonathan Cook

There looms the possibility of weeks of horse-trading and the Joint List of Arab legislators becoming the official opposition

The National – 18 September 2019

For most Israelis, the general election on Tuesday was about one thing and one thing only. Not the economy, nor the occupation, nor even corruption scandals. It was about Benjamin Netanyahu. Should he head yet another far-right government, or should his 10-year divisive rule come to an end?

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The Trump ‘Deal’: An Ultimatum and a Setup By Elias Samo

3 June 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about the Trump Deal of the century titled “The Deal of the Century: Two Con Men’s Job”, published by Strategic Culture Foundation on May 5th, 2019.

At the time of writing the article, not enough credible material was published about the “Deal”, so the article’s introduction was “Yes, ‘You can judge a book by its cover’, especially if the ‘book’ is the ‘Deal of the Century’ and the ‘cover’ lauds two con men, Trump and Netanyahu.” Now, apparently enough credible material about the content of the ‘Deal’ has been published, particularly the article in ‘Hayom’, the Israeli Jewish paper. The deal merits a second look, without resorting to reading a ‘book’ by its cover.

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Netanyahu Reigns Supreme, and all Opposition has been Crushed By Jonathan Cook

11 April 2019 — Middle East Eye

A tied election can’t mask the fact that Israel has shifted fundamentally to the right – and that Netanyahu is now firmly in the driving seat

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party emerged from Tuesday’s Israeli election tied with the Blue and White party, led by Benny Gantz and other high-powered generals. Although each party has 35 seats in the 120-seat parliament, Netanyahu is now firmly in the driving seat.

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Desperate Netanyahu openly embraces Jewish extremists

11 March 2019 — Jonathan Cook

The decision to ally with the Jewish equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan lays bare where the Israeli right plans to head next

Middle East Eye – 11 March 2019

After a decade of coalition governments in Israel led by Benjamin Netanyahu, the language needed to describe them has necessarily grown more extreme.

At first, they were right-wing. Then ultra-nationalist. Recently, analysts have started to talk of Netanyahu leading a far-right coalition. Now it seems we may have to go further still.

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War summit in Warsaw

15 February 2019 — WSWS

The conference jointly hosted by the US and Polish governments in Warsaw this week under the phony banner of working to “Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East” has laid bare the immense and imminent threat that US imperialism is preparing to drag humanity into another and potentially world catastrophic war.

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Palestinians in Israel face uncertain political future amid Joint List split By Jonathan Cook

25 January 2019 — Jonathan Cook

Analysts warn that breakup of faction risks Palestinian citizens of Israel staying home – bolstering the right in April’s ballot

Middle East Eye – 25 January 2019

A political coalition representing Israel’s Palestinian minority – currently the third biggest faction in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset – has been plunged into crisis by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to call for a surprise general election for April.

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