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2012: Netanyahu's shadow war for the GOP begins?

Israel’s National Security Council calls U.S. President Barak Obama “naïve,” Israel’s pro-Netanyahu daily reports

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Netanyahu and Adelson's favorite (photo: Gage Skidmore / CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Israel Hayom, the pro-Netanyahu free tabloid published by Jewish-American gambling billionaire Sheldon Adelson, published a story today on recent criticism dealt by Israel’s National Security Council of US President Barak Obama’s policy towards Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

U.S. President Barack Obama is “naive” and needs to face up to the threat presented by the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood across the Middle East, Israel’s National Security Council concluded during a strategic discussion several days ago.

The council, responsible for providing the prime minister and cabinet ministers with strategic assessments, said it was concerned about the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise in Egypt, especially in light of the group’s world view and pronouncements from its officials, repeated as recently as this week, that call the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty into question.

As the article states, the NSC is not an independent think-tank but a strategic assessment body, operating under the Prime Minister’s Office. The head of the NSC is retired IDF general Yaakov Amidror, who was a regular contributor for Israel Hayom until his appointment.

According to numerous reports in the Israeli media, Binyamin Netanyahu sees another Obama term as clear political threat to himself, to the point where he is mulling on calling early election in Israel, so that a possible Democratic victory in November doesn’t affect his standing in the polls.

Israel Hayom, which is very supportive of Netanyahu, is likely to throw its weight behind the Republican candidate. The paper has recently launched an English site, with translations of pieces from its Hebrew edition.

The coverage in Israel Hayom of Newt Gingrich’s campaign – who is considered the closest to Netanayhu of all GOP candidates and a personal favorite of Mr. Adelson – is extremely favorable, thought the even paper admitted today that Gingrich’s chances of winning the Iowa caucuses are practically non-existent.

Last year, Israel Hayom’s editor, Amos Regev, conducted a personal interview with Gingrich, in which the former House speaker called a possible Israeli attack on Iran “an act of self defense.” The paper’s response to the candidate’s hostile remarks towards the Palestinians was extremely favorable: One op-ed in Israel Hayom praised Gingrich for his “historical accuracy,” while another was titled “thank you, Mr. Gingrich.”

Sheldon Adelson recently backed Gingrich, saying that calling the Palestinians an “invented people” is correct.

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    1. Noam W

      We should be so lucky the Gingrich would become the Republican nominee.

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    2. aristeides

      One reason to hope for a Paul candidacy is delighting in the prospect of Adelson’s consternation.

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    3. Danny

      I love to see Sheldon Adelson wasting his money. Each dollar he throws on any one of the GOP bozos is one dollar less he will give to AIPAC or Likud. Let’s hope he doubles his contributions in 2012!

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    4. Sam Smith

      Obama is well on his way to a second term. In the meantime we can salivate on the thought of Bibi getting his ass kicked.

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    5. ginger

      Such a bizarre merging of the US and Israel by means of the Israeli Lobby, with the effective control of US foreign policy by the Lobby…

      I cannot think of a historical precedent

      It is as if the Israelis were royalty and the US it’s fief.

      What an astonishing embarassment for America. If it’s politicians were not so busy groveling at the trough while simulataneously fearing for their jobs and capable of embarassment.

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    6. chess

      Are we well on our way for the muslim brotherhood to complete the takeover of the globe with the help of husseinobama and company of mb members?

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    7. Dave

      There is hope again. Not the “Yes we can” falshood, but the next President of the USA, Mitt Romney. In today’s polls, he is trailing Obama by 4%. With friends like Adelson, Mitt is going to win big in 2012!

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