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Netanyahu is losing it

From his growing conflict with the White House to frantic attacks on the media, there’s something off with Israel’s prime minister.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo by Activestills.org)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo by Activestills.org)

Election season is a time when politicians say things they generally don’t mean, make promises they generally won’t keep and kiss babies they generally wouldn’t otherwise kiss. But if you have been tuned into the Israeli election cycle, you’ll notice that one politician in particular has shunned the campaign beat typical of most would-be Israeli leaders.

In fact, if you’ve been paying attention, you’d have noticed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is officially losing it. The downward spiral began with accepting an invitation by Speaker of the House John Boehner to speak to both chambers of Congress in order to derail American-led nuclear talks with Iran – a move that has been roundly condemned by U.S. and Israeli leaders alike. President Obama has decided not to meet with Netanyahu on his trip to Washington, and Vice President Biden has declared that he will boycott the speech.

Netanyahu, who seems intent on driving a stake through the P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran come hell or high water, has even managed to alienate those Americans who dedicate their careers to defending Israeli policies. And despite criticism from a diverse chorus of prominent voices on both the Left and the Right, Netanyahu has doubled down and refuses to change course.

 

The casual follower of Israeli politics might think that the chutzpah stops there. After all, they may say to themselves, Iran is a sworn enemy of Israel, and the leader of the only Jewish state in the world has every right to try and convince its greatest ally to change course vis-a-vis the Islamic Republic. But something else is happening: the past few days have revealed that when it comes to domestic affairs, Netanyahu is becoming unhinged.

The subject of numerous attacks and almost-scandals in recent weeks, Netanyahu has started hitting back at his political opponents — or rather, swinging wildly at the messenger and becoming indignant that people oppose him. The first and primary target of the prime minister’s rage is Noni Mozes, the publisher of Israel’s best-selling newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth. Mozes, or so the prime minister’s un-statesmanly ramblings go, is conspiring day and night to take down Netanyahu, shut down the other largest newspaper in the country (Israel Hayom, which just happens to be owned by Netanyahu’s political patron, Sheldon Adelson), and restore Yedioth to its former glory as the tabloid of choice in Israel.

Netanyahu wrote on Facebook Monday:

Over the past several weeks, the attacks have ceased just appearing once a day, when Yedioth Ahronoth is distributed in the morning. They are published at almost every hour, and sometimes every half hour, on Ynet. Both these platforms orchestrate outrageously false libel against me and my wife as part of a media campaign to replace the Likud’s rule with the Left…

… the Likud and I will not flinch in the face of these smears. We will continue to struggle against the ugly lies, and for the security and prosperity of the State of Israel. No one will stop us.

Let’s break down what is actually happening here. The prime minister is being regularly attacked by his patron’s biggest competitor, who also happens to be his ideological opponent. So what’s his response? First he called on his supporters to “help attack the media.” Next he mobilized the Likud Youth to protest outside the Yedioth building. But what does he do when the media doesn’t cower, and instead continues its relentless criticism? The only thing left to do, of course: paint Yedioth Ahronoth as the enemy of the people.

What was Yedioth’s capital offense? Trying to oust Netanyahu’s Likud party from power by hosting some dirty campaign tactics, of which Netanyahu is no stranger to on either the giving or receiving end. Perhaps more maddening for the prime minister, however, is the campaign — which he accuses Mozes of running from behind the curtains — to shut down Israel Hayom, which is in and of itself an experiment in foreign political manipulation by U.S. casino mogul and Netanyahu political patron Sheldon Adelson.

Even that might seem understandable to some. Politics are inherently dirty, right? But Netanyahu isn’t targeting hostile media outlets. He has now extended his campaign of political vengeance campaign into academia, which as we know from his government’s alleged ties to Im Tirzu, is also not a new concept for the prime minister.

It also seems that Netanyahu can’t stand the thought of a political foe deciding which Israeli academics, scientists and literary and artistic gems the country should honor. A Haaretz report published on Monday revealed that the prime minister uncharacteristically intervened, allegedly for political reasons, in the nominations of three would-be judges for the Israel Prize selection committee. The prize, which is awarded once a year to individuals or groups that have displayed excellence in humanities, sciences and the arts, is seen as one of the highest honors bestowed in the country.

Days before the panel was set to meet for the first time, the three were notified that Netanyahu, who is also the acting education minister, refused to sign off on their appointments. One of the nominees had recently written an article critical of use of a line about vengeance in Bialik’s poem “Al Hashehita” (“On the Slaughter”), in a speech he gave shortly after the bodies of three murdered yeshiva boys were found in the West Bank.

The fourth would-be Israeli Prize judge resigned in protest.

Perhaps it is because he feels under attack, perhaps it is an electoral tactic, maybe it is just an act or maybe he is personally and politically isolated and therefore becoming paranoid. What is sure, however, is that from his belligerence toward the White House to his attacks against political opponents, Netanyahu is losing it.

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    1. Mikesailor

      Bibi is not “losing it”. He is only playing to his constituents like a good sociopathic politician. The script is simple:

      Cry that you are being persecuted by those who “refuse” to understand the “big picture”. That your only motive is to altruistically “save” everyone from a bleak and dangerous future. And standing in the way are domestic and foreign enemies. There are only a small band of true champions who believe as you do. Therefore, you and they must destroy this “Fifth Column” of traitors who won’t allow you to smite your and the people’s enemies and keep everyone safe.

      An interesting script used by demagogues everywhere. From Robespierre to Mussolini; from Hitler to Pol Pot; the script remains the same with few variations. For besides demonizing the foreign threat, and usually exaggerating their capabilities and intentions; the real enemy is domestic. For only by destroying the alternatives to your rule can you succeed and assuage the existential fear you have so assiduously promulgated. The problem is, once you have embarked upon riding this tiger, you really can’t stop and get off. And the path, although seductive, always seems to end in disaster for all involved and even those not involved. Stay tuned.

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      • BigCat

        My good friend Mikesailor, Prime Minister Netanyahu is a twice democratically elected PM by one of the most sophisticated and politically informed population in one of the best democracies in the Western hemisphere. He is not – and I quote you – “a sociopathic politician” and only a hallucinating “sociopath” would compare the Israeli Prime Minister to – and I quote you – “Hitler, Pol Pot, Mussolini”. In Israel, the Press has near absolute freedom and the Israeli media is ferocious in its attacks against public officials. PM Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu have been subjected to objects of caricature and the crudest forms of smear by the Israeli media and opposition parties. Edo Conrad omitted that part. The only politicians in modern times who have suffered comparable abuses by the media are Pres. Clinton and his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Netanyahus understand the place of the Press in a democracy. But like every individual, the PM has every right to fight back against the media, his political opponents and those who use their public positions to try to unseat him. You comment show how little you understand about democracy and how it works in a true democratic country such as Israel. There was no good reason for you to bring “Hitler, Pol Pot, Mussolini” into the discussion, was there?

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        • David

          As a American and a long time supporter of the Palestinians in their struggle against Zionism, I love the fact that Netanyahu is Israel’s PM and I hope he is re-elected.

          No one has contributed more to the inevitable end of the “special relationship” between the US and Israel than Bibi.

          Only a fool or one completely out of touch with reality fails to comprehend that Americans (especially youth) are increasingly realizing that Israel is a racist/fascistic state and their country’s number one geopolitical liability, a millstone around its neck.

          The handwriting is on the wall.
          So far, Israel refuses to read it.

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          • BigCat

            David, as an American I am aware that it is common knowledge that all “longstanding supporters of the Palestinians” see every squabble and disagreement between Israel and the United States as the “beginning of the end of the special relationship” between the two countries. You have been proven wrong over and over again and “only a fool” or “a completely out of touch with reality” keeps holding on to notions that have been proven to be empty. The bond between Israel and the US is something you don’t understand; something far deeper than who the leaders of both countries are; the US and Israel are like two brothers who are bound to squabble and disagree with one another once in a while. That squabble and disagreement help in keeping the relationship healthy.

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        • Yeah, Right

          BC: …”in one of the best democracies in the Western hemisphere”…

          Israel is in the “Western hemisphere”?

          And here was I thinking it is in the Middle East…..

          Go figure, heh?

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          • Brian

            First of all, I find it just too hypocritical for words that BC of all individuals waxes with deep concern that someone has been subject to “the crudest forms of smear.” That just takes the cake, people. I thought I’d seen everything. Secondly, please, anyone tell me: if Obama’s wife or Merkel’s husband or Hollande’s mistress had been accused by their domestic help of the “bottle deposit” theft of public funds (this by the wife of a man known to be in personal possession NIS 41 million) or any of the other domestic abuses the prime minister’s spouse has been accused of, that the American/German/French media would not have had a field day reporting this, a veritable frenzy, and that in the case of Michelle Obama that some here would not be cheering that frenzy on with “this is like a good movie!–loving it!”? And that Shel Adelson would not be lovingly reporting every twist and turn in Hayom and that Seth Lipsky would not be doing the same in the New York Sun? If you think not I have, in an age of global warming and rising sea levels, some choice Florida swampland to sell you.

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          • BigCat

            YR: Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East and one of the best democracies in the Western hemisphere. That is not new.

            Israeli democracy is better than the democracy practiced in Great Britain.

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          • Yeah, Right

            BC: “Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East and one of the best democracies in the Western hemisphere. That is not new.”

            That is “not true, times two”.

            Actually, times four:
            1) It is not a “true democracy”
            2) It is not the only “democracy in the Middle East”
            3) It is not in “the Western Hemisphere”
            4) It “isn’t new” only because it “none of it is true”.

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          • Yeah, Right

            1) Israel is not a “true democracy” because it is obvious to everyone with a functioning brain that Israel has *no* *intention* over ever relinquishing its control over the West Bank.

            Which means that there are near to 2.5 million people that Israel intends to hold permanently under its thrall.

            Or, put another way, Israel intends to perpetually maintain a system of “taxation without representation”, which isn’t exactly a hallmark of “a true democracy”.

            2) Israel certainly can not claim to be the only “democracy in the Middle East” now that Tunisia holds free and fair elections.

            And Tunisia definitely does not control anyone without also giving them the vote.

            Unlike… you know… Israel.

            Which therefore can be a “true democracy”.

            Unlike Tunisia.

            3) So sorry, but you clearly do not understand that “the Western Hemisphere” means North and South America, and you confuse it with the much more nebulous phrase “the West”, which has an altogether different meaning.

            Which rather begs a question: if you can’t even comprehend the most fundamental of geopolitical terms then why are you even commenting?

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          • Yeah, Right

            “Which therefore can be a “true democracy”.”

            Sorry, that should read “can not be”

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          • BigCat

            Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East. That is well known and your denials does not change anything. Tunisia may have held one election, but “election” is just one condition for the existence/absence of democracy. Tunisia is a third-world-country just like Nigeria, Jordan, etc. which have been holding “elections” long before Tunisia stated to do so just a mere months ago. Tunisia is not remotely comparable to Israel in terms of democracy, etc. “Anyone with a functioning brain” knows that, except…..

            Israel is one of the best in Western world, not “hemisphere” (the word “hemisphere” was a poor choice of word). Having “no intention to ever relinquishing the territory of the West Bank” is not a condition for the existence/absence of democracy. “Anyone with a functioning brain” knows that, except…..

            “Or, put another way, Israel intends to perpetually maintain a system of “taxation without representation”, which isn’t exactly a hallmark of “a true democracy”.

            Baseless. Incomprehensible. “Anyone with a functioning brain” knows that, except…..

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          • Yeah, Right

            BC: “Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East”

            Israel is not a “true democracy”.

            A “true democracy” does not have a policy of perpetual control over a territory (the West Bank) without enfranchising those who live in that territory.

            That’s “taxation without representation”, which any denizen of a “real Western country” would recognize as being incompatible with “democracy”.

            Israel would get a free pass if it were true that its control over that territory was temporary, and is intended to be temporary.

            But that fig-leaf is now long-gone.

            It is obvious to everyone that Israel has No Intention Of Ever Relinquishing The West Bank.

            Its control of that territory is permanent, and Israel fully intends for it to be permanent, and if you want pretend otherwise then you are fooling nobody.

            N.o.b.o.d.y.

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          • Yeah, Right

            BC: ” Tunisia may have held one election, but “election” is just one condition for the existence/absence of democracy. Tunisia is a third-world-country just like Nigeria, Jordan, etc. which have been holding “elections” long before Tunisia stated to do so just a mere months ago.”

            OK, let’s just wave our hands about in that oh-so-BigCat-manner and hope that everyone ends up so very confused that they don’t see how ludicrous that paragraph really is.

            Q: Is Tunisia a democracy?
            A: Yeah, it is.

            Q: Is Tunisia in the Middle East?
            A: Yeah, it is.

            Q: Soooo, is Israel the only democracy in the Middle East?
            A: No, there’s also Tunisia.

            BG: ” Tunisia is not remotely comparable to Israel in terms of democracy”

            The only true thing you have said, but not for the reason that you think.

            Tunisia enfranchises everyone that it controls. Israel does not.

            Tunisia is therefore a much more “true democracy” than Israel.

            I know you don’t like that.
            I know that.

            But, so sorry, that’s your mistake, not mine.

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          • Yeah, Right

            BC: “Having “no intention to ever relinquishing the territory of the West Bank” is not a condition for the existence/absence of democracy.”

            Ahem. There have been many, many belligerent occupations in the post-ww2 world.

            Only one of those occupations has been accompanied by the colonization of the occupied territory.

            The result: there are 2.5 million people in a place that Israel controls AND IS COLONIZING, and none of those people have any say in either that colonization nor the occupation that allows that colonization to take place.

            There are also 0.5 million people in that same territory who DO have a say in the Israeli body-politic.

            That dichotomy is not compatible with the notion of a “democracy”, and it results from Israel utter determination never to relinquish its control over that territory while at the same time never admitting that it intends this to be permanent.

            BC: “Baseless. Incomprehensible.”

            No, actually, this is incomprehensible:
            a) Israel doesn’t intend to keep this territory, buuuuuuuut
            b) since it does control that territory then, hey, why not keep colonizing it.

            (a) + (b) = cognitive dissonance.

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          • BigCat

            YR: the summary of all your talk is that you don’t know what “democracy” is. “Occupation” or ‘no-occupation’ is not a condition for the existence/absence of “democracy”.

            Btw. the UN says that “Palestine” is a country SEPARATE from Israel. You can’t eat your cake and have it, i.e. you can’t have your own country and demand a vote in another country you don’t live in. That’s nuts. Palestinians and Israel have been engaged in a process to demarcate the international borders between them and hopefully will succeed one day. Arabs living in the West Bank and Gaza (i.e. “Palestine”) have their own government, consisting of their President who forms the Executive, the members of their Parliament who make their laws, and their Judiciary. They are subject to the law made by their own government; they have their own civil administration, civil courts, criminal courts and administrative courts and Sharia courts. They can chose to go to elections whenever they choose – even TODAY!

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          • Yeah, Right

            BC: “YR: the summary of all your talk is that you don’t know what “democracy” is. “Occupation” or ‘no-occupation’ is not a condition for the existence/absence of “democracy”. ”

            No, I’m pointing out something that you refuse to even acknowledge, which is this: an occupation is BY DEFINITION intended to be a temporary situation.

            Yet when you embark on a deliberate and sustained colonization of that territory then you are – very clearly – moving way, way, way beyond a temporary “occupation” into something that you fully intend to be permanent.

            Israel is c.o.l.o.n.i.z.i.n.g. that territory, dude. You can’t deny it, which is why you won’t even acknowledge it.

            And the result of that c.o.l.o.n.i.z.a.t.i.o.n. is a situation that is not compatible with any claim to be a “true democracy”, precisely because Israel is deliberately arranging a p.e.r.m.a.n.e.n.t. situation where in the West Bank there is one group who have rights (the Israeli colonists) while another group (the Palestinians) have none.

            Honestly, you are fooling nobody.

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          • BigCat

            Well, YR, I hate to tell you that your claims are baseless and senseless, because Israel has on many occasions made offers to the Palestinians to end the “occupation”, but the Palestinians, for their own reasons, rejected those offers. The Primary Goal of a democratic country is the protection of its civilian population and self-preservation (paraphrasing John Locke, 1632-1704). Israeli presence in the West Bank serves that Goal better than no other means. Currently, Israel and the Palestinians/“State of Palestine” are engaged in a process to demarcate the international borders between them. Until both parties agree to common borders, Israel will stay put in the West Bank. Israel has the right under any law and the obligation its civilian population to do that. That’s what true democracies do! And that will not change the “temporary” nature of what you call “occupation”, unless you can show me where it is written that “temporary” is ‘X’maximum.

            Btw. Again, Palestinians have their own Government, consisting of their Executive/President and their Legislature who make their laws and grant them the same civil rights Israel grant its own citizens. They have their own civil administration, police and courts as do Israelis in Israel.

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          • Bryan

            Let me guess why you have a down on British democracy. Could it be because Britain has no written constitution? Could it because Britain has no formal separation of church and state? Could it be because Britain once (before the foundation of the SOI) ran a colonial occupation of Ireland (and of Palestine)? Could it be because Britain with large mass parties with broad popular appeal and broadly stable policy over decades, but has nevertheless fallen prey to coalition governments. Could it be because twice in the last 35 years Britain has elected three-term Prime Ministers (Thatcher and Blair who thought thay had a divine right to remain in power) but who simply outstayed their welcome? Could it be that Britain, while nominally democratic, is often dominated by an aristocratic elite, not fully representative of the ordinary people? Could it be that the so-called Democratic system permits Britain to operate as an oligarchy where a tiny fraction of 1% of the population own 90% of the wealth and to operate an economy dominated by the Military-industrial-complex? When you actually analyse it you are right – there are huge deficits in Britain’s democracy.

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          • BigCat

            Bryan,

            1. Unlike in Israel, the Head Of State in the UK is unelected individual who inherited her position as will her children after her. She is a superior human being (Übermensch; joke) whose family and opulent lifestyle is finance with tens of millions of the taxes collected from her subjects (the untermenschen; joke). That is anti-democratic. That could never ever happen in Israel.

            2. Unlike in Israel, the Head Of State in the UK is ABOVE the law! In law the Queen as a private person can do no wrong: she is immune from civil or criminal proceedings and cannot be sued in courts of law. That is anti-democratic and anti-rule-of-law.

            3. Unlike in Israel, some Members of the British Parliament are unelected persons with voting powers, who inherit their MP-positions.

            4. Unlike in Israel, some Members of the British Parliament are unelected Clergymen with voting powers! That is an affront to democracy.

            5. Unlike in Israel, UK courts cannot overrule the legislations of the UK Parliament. This is called Parliamentary Sovereignty. That is another affront to democracy and the rule of law.

            Etc.

            All in all: Israel is a superior democracy compared to Great Britain. Besides that, none of the points you raised in your post (which btw. is a good, but ultimately failed attempt at satire) is either a constituent element of- or litmus for determining (the degree of) the presence/absence of democracy.

            Btw. another reason why I mentioned the UK is to drag you into the discussion. And…..walla: there you are, Bryan.

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          • Bryan

            I would personally prefer that Britain were a republic and that there were no hereditary peers in the House of Lords (they are in fact a very small minority of 92 out of 790, and the Bishops who sit automatically are only 26 in number). However your dismissal of British democracy on these grounds is superficial to say the best.
            (1) The Queen’s power as head of state is ceremonial; effectively she always follows the advice of the elected Prime Minister. This has the considerable advantage that she does not engage in politics. Her son, Prince Charles, takes a considerable interest in contemporary affairs (e.g. ecology, social tolerance, modern architecture) but always avoids taking a partisan political stance. Were the monarchy to engage in politics there would very quickly be calls to erect a guillotine in Trafalgar square, because the British people have a far longer and deeper commitment to democracy than the people of Israel who cannot make up their minds whether they would rather be democratic or Jewish (i.e. dominating non-Jewish citizens and applying archaic religious laws). The Israeli president, though elected by Knesset members, has a largely similar role – what Wikipedia calls “largely an apolitical ceremonial figurehead role”.
            (2) The House of Lords’ role is largely limited to reviewing and amending legislation and acting as the highest court in the land. It is denied any role in budgetary matters, and were it to attempt to obstruct the will of the fully elected House of Commons there is a simple solution – the elected Prime Minister would simply instruct the monarch to appoint a sufficient number of new life peers to ensure that the policy determined by elected members could not be overridden. The House of Lords is considered to have a very valuable role in bringing together people from all walks of life with considerable experience in all aspects of public life who give very carefully consideration before legislation is passed. Compared with Israel this is a huge bonus, since the Knesset often passes very ill-considered and very partisan laws, only for the Supreme Court (a body appointed by the political establishment) to have to reverse such legislation.

            Please therefore rethink your argument before you make such a wild assertion that Israel has a better democracy than the UK’s admittedly imperfect democracy.

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          • Bryan

            P.S. your rather undermine your very gracious remarks (“your post which btw. is a good, but ultimately failed attempt at satire”) by your final remarks
            (“another reason why I mentioned the UK is to drag you into the discussion. And…..walla: there you are, Bryan.”) which concedes that you are just a manipulative troll, rather than an open-minded seeker of truth and justice.

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      • jjj

        I wouldn’t use such harsh and cynical criticism, although I agree with the foundations of your claim, namely, that this is a smoke screen or some other form of diversion from dealing with substantial matters.
        However, I do believe that in spite of the cynical and somewhat vicious criticism, BB (whom I think is one of the worst PM’s in Israel’s history) does earnestly think that Iran is determined to get nukes and possibly use them for protecting their allied terrorist groups and their own regime.
        Problem is he is not equipped to handle neither Iran nor anything else on the table as he is so preoccupied with political survival which is by far his main excelling point.

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    2. Cheema Khaled

      His comb over hair is turning Toilet rinse blue.

      I’d say he’s lost the plot.

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    3. Average American

      I think it’s fine for Israel to have its own democracy. I think what alot of average Americans (not Congresspeople who live in a different reality paid for by giving themselves raises and premium health care) don’t like is for Israeli politicians to come over here and tell us who we can and can’t have a treaty with (such as Netanyahu’s speech about Iran).

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      • BigCat

        PM Netanyahu has not given his speech yet, but you pretend to know what he has said when he has not yet spoken. Shouldn’t we hear him speak FIRST after which you can tell us what he has said, what he should and should not have said?

        Has our own President told us what he is negotiating with the Iranians? Of course not. Our President keeps us in the dark and you are not concerned? As an American, I want to have all the information by letting everybody speak. All Americans want to be well informed – except those who want to remain in the dark, because of the existing perception that what the President is hiding, if he is hiding anything, will only harm Israel and not the United States.

        So, let PM Netanyahu talk. What is the problem with talking?

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        • Average American

          Let Netanyahu speak. But let it be in his own house of government, not ours.

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          • BigCat

            1. Why?

            2. Do you mean just Netanyahu or all foreign leaders?

            Pls answer both questions.

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          • Average American

            BC: 1) Because he is not a member of our government. 2) All foreign leaders are not members of our government.

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          • BigCat

            You are entitled to your own opinion. But PM Netanyahu will come to the United States and address the American People from the Floor Of The House Of Congress. That’s how America wants it and that’s how it is gonna be.

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          • Average American

            BC: Well, it’s nice to learn who’s in charge of my government! Suspected and now confirmed. If you’d look around you, that isn’t how “America” wants it, that’s how a few Congressional whores want it. Our Congress has not represented “America” for some time. Oh well, as you say, you’re entitled to your opinion.

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          • BigCat

            1. When you say “Well, it’s nice to learn who’s in charge of my government! Suspected and now confirmed.”, who do you mean by that? Pls. feel free to say your mind without hiding anything. Americans say their mind and are not afraid of anything. So pls. answer that question with precision.

            2. Which of these groups are among the “us” you are talking about?
            a. Those who agree with you? who are they? or
            b. Majority of ordinary American who don’t agree with you, among whom are these http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/191216#.VNxOkeaG8ms ?
            c. Both, or
            d. None of the above?

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    4. Mikesailor

      Hairball: Why do so many Israelis lie and pretend to be something they are not? If you were an American, and knew us as well as Bibi claims, you would recognize that the overwhelming majority despise the method by which Bibi basically colluded with the Republicans to “invite himself” to dispute longstanding US policy and the President who is in charge of implementing such policy. The last talk Bibi gave might have seemed a success to Israelis and their Zionist supporters, both Christian and Jewish, but it actually played poorly with rank-and-file Americans. They were especially skeptical of the “standing ovations” and the beating of the protester by Bibi’s AIPAC thugs. Which is why, the Democratic activists at the 2012 Convention studiously left out any praise for Israel. So, now you want to compound the error and place Bibi directly against the American President? As to foreign leaders, frankly for the most part I really don’t care. It is only political theater for whatever real work is always done behind the scenes. But anyone who violates diplomatic protocol and attempts to upstage the US President will probably find the same, or worse, reception that Bibi is going to get. No matter what, Bibi, and therefore Israel will lose political support. And it couldn’t happen to a more deserving group.

      As to your request that I stop calling you “Hairball”, I will only tell you this: A hairball is what a cat coughs up after licking and grooming himself. It is usually composed of both hair and saliva. I couldn’t think of a better description of you, kvetching kitty. Meow.

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      • BigCat

        Still speaking your usual ‘manbadunga-manbadunga language’, Mustafa-mohamed …eh…“Mikesailor”?
        Anyways, Mustafamohammed, any American who reads your comment would know that you, at the very least, are NOT a (natural born) citizen of the United States, because your English sentence construction is consistently incorrect and your speech code un-American, etc. I am not talking about typos, but rather serious errors in basic construction of English sentences. That tells us that English is not your first language. So, Mustafa-mohammed, what is your language? Why are you ashamed of your Muslim-Arab heritage and desperately want to be seen as an “American”?

        Btw. Mustafa, nobody “requested” anything from you. Call me whatever you want and quit hallucinating. You just handed me the license I needed on a silver platter, nitwit!

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        • Ben

          Again with the racism about Arabs. Again with the made up stuff (about the English). Simply made up. With no shame. Why would you discredit yourself like this? Already no one believes a damn thing you say. You’re already a notorious ‘super troll’ identified as a psychopath. Mikesailor’s English sounds simply like native American English to any native English speaker and the sentence structure is unremarkable. And you know it. Any native English speaker can see this. You’re just making things up as usual and adding your usual racist overlay. You and Kolumn are the same type of fascist animal only you’re stupider. As for Mikesailor I don’t get why you don’t think this animal is American too. He sounds like the typical American ZOA Shel Adelson boy. A really dim one, true. But nevertheless.

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          • BigCat

            Here is Ben/Ben Zakkai calling me “animal” and claiming that I am racists?

            Here is the psychopathic supper troll Ben/Ben Zakkai who keeps mum when his brothers Mustafa-mohammed aka “Mikesailor” and Viktor Arajs are abusing others with name callings and using +972 as a playground for their anti-Semitic rants and vitriol, but gets indignant when someone tells them the truth.

            Well, Ben/Ben Zakkai, there is nothing wrong with being an Arab. The Arabs I know are rightly proud of being Arabs and call themselves Arabs. The only ones who think that the word “Arab” is a dirty word and that Arabs should hide their Arab-identity, are yourself and Mustafa-mohammed ….eh…“Mikesailor”.

            As to Mustafa’s English, his comments on this site speak for themselves. The fact that you are going bonkers and see a need to come to his aid tells us that I struck a nerve there – again. Keep cooking and stewing in your own juice, piglet Ben/Ben Zakkai. That’s a movie I like watching. Love it!

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          • BigCat

            Here is the moral Ben/Ben Zakkai calling someone an “animal”, while claiming that I am racists? Nitwit!

            Here is the psychopathic supper troll Ben/Ben Zakkai who keeps mum when his brothers Mustafa-mohammed aka “Mikesailor” and Viktor Arajs are abusing others with name callings, claiming among others that “Jewish money control the United States, and using +972 as a playground for their anti-Semitic rants and vitriol, but gets indignant when someone tells them the truth. Well, Ben/Ben Zakkai, there is nothing wrong with being an Arab. The Arabs I know are rightly proud of being Arabs and call themselves Arabs. The only one who thinks that the word “Arab” is a dirty word is yourself.

            As to Mustafa’s English, his comments on this site speak for themselves. The fact that you are going bonkers and see a need to come to his aid tells us that I struck a nerve there – again. Keep cooking and stewing in your own juice, Ben/Ben Zakkai. That’s a movie I like watching. Love it!

            (this is re-post in case the original miraculously shows up)

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          • Ben

            What a loser you are! The women here have seen it right away and clearly find you completely revolting. Lol!

            General Note: this mangy creature calls me Ben Zakkei but for whatever it’s worth I’m a different Ben. A psychopath like this can’t imagine anyone else telling the truth. It’s in his nature. Like a spider.

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          • BigCat

            This article is titled “…losing it” and you Ben (Zakkai) are clearly losing it, going berserk. I took your rants and rambling comments apart on a different page and you think all you need to do is to come to this page to take your revenge? Pls. keep cooking and stewing in your own juice. It is a movie I love watch. Loving this!

            FYI: YOU and Mikesailor started the name -calling, before anyone starts blaming me.

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          • Ben

            Psychopath I prefer my food fresh not braised by a racist hairball. “Cooking and stewing” is your favorite canned phrase. It’s all projection and very revealing. You seem like you stew and seethe with kleinbuergerlich anger and resentment. So you pass it on. Your mother beat you as a kid? Moron. You may be the most pathetic character yet to appear on this site. And you’ve got quite a lot of competition.

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          • Zeus

            Ben or Ben Zakkai, whichever one you are, you are a complete psychopath. Pls. restrain yourself. BigCat has made very good contributions on this page from the very beginning. The only comments from you are insults and name callings. Pls. stop it. Enough already!

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          • Ben

            Yeah such excellence as “manbadunga-manbadunga language’, Mustafa-mohamed” — what a guy — you guys are so racist you don’t even see it anymore. But you’re the first to see racism against Jews in absolutely everything.

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          • Bryan

            In two consecutive posts, (suggesting this was not a typo), having just unjustly criticized someone for their English communication, you perpetrate the same grammatical error (“calling me “animal” and claiming that I am racists?”) when Ben was calling you a fascist, not a racist. Have you noticed that it is in nominally democratic states, without a sophisticated and informed electorate (e.g. Netanyahu’s Israel, Putin’s Russia, Erdogan’s Turkey) that blustering and bullying machos are most admired. Indeed you indicate your own respect for strong men in your admiration of Churchill and Ben Gurion. Churchill in 1935 argued that “despite his rise to power through dictatorial action, hatred and cruelty, Hitler might yet “go down in history as the man who restored honour and peace of mind to the great Germanic nation and brought it back serene, helpful and strong to the forefront of the European family circle.” Ben-Gurion in 1924 strongly opposed Shlomo Kaplansky, a veteran leader from Poalei Zion, who proposed that the party should support the British Mandatory authorities’ plans for setting up an elected legislative council in Palestine, and argued that a Parliament, even with an Arab majority, was the way forward”.

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    5. ginger

      Mad King Bibi of the Rabbinic Hermit Kingdom of Judea and Samaria is ‘losing it’? – present tense, really?

      Peace with Iran with successful signing of the Iran Nuclear Deal DESPITE AIPAC’s Girl Hillary, Bibi, and the Israeli Lobby – and coordination with Syria to take care of ISIS, despite the apoplexy with Israel and her Israeli Lobby Neocons….

      We’re not trying to SAVE or PRESERVE Israeli Lobby/Jewish Lobby power in America, we’re doing precisely everything we can to STOP and END coercive Israeli Lobby/Jewish Lobby power in America … That’s the whole point

      Please support President Barack Obama as AIPAC’s Girl Hillary, the Israeli Lobby, and Israelis are removed from power on the American political landscape

      It’s the 2nd American Revolution, folks….America free of the Israeli Lobby…

      There IS no tenable ‘Israeli Lobby of Kahanist Israel’ possible any longer in America – there IS no tenable Hillary ‘Kahanism’s Lawyer’ Clinton presidency…

      Mad King Bibi –
      ‘the man who LOST Israel’, past tense

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      • Ginger Eis

        You are not even intelligent enough to find a pen-name other than “Ginger” and you think you are in any kind of position to implement any of your anti-Semitic fantasies? Using the pen-name “Ginger” doth indeed suggest that you feel inferior and need to associate your ugly self with me in order to get noticed, no? Well, I can tell you this: there is nothing in a name, but instead in the creativity of your mind and what said mind is capable of producing and in fact produces, got it? Be gone now, Imbecile!

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        • Bryan

          You may find Ginger that in your professional life bullying and domination pay dividends(“…got it? Be gone now, Imbecile!”) but it isn’t the most convincing way to win arguments in an open forum.

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    6. Behnam Shahariyari,

      Dont worry. All of this will be irrelevant when we have nuclear weapons

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      • Ginger Eis

        The decision that you will not “get nuclear weapons” will ultimately be made in Jerusalem, if President Barack Obama will not make it. Rest assured of that.

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    7. BigCat

      Based on the Full Speech of Prime Minister Netanyahu (which I have posted and re-posted and which the moderator is still withholding) I conclude that this crisis with BO has fired-up Prime Minister Netanyahu like no one has ever seen him before and turned him into a purified, born-again Zionist with fierce clarity of mind and a sense of well defined, well tailored mission rarely seen in other leaders but the ilk of Ben Gurion and Winston Churchill.

      I do not see a Netanyahu “losing it”, but rather an extremely calm, collected, rational and very eloquent Netanyahu with immense rhetorical power.

      http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/191177#.VNpZaOaG8ms

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        • Michael's Mind

          Oh well whoop. eee. doo. This contemptuous manipulative coward wants to manipulate the Americans to bomb Iran. And get him reelected. “Get the Americans to do it I know the Americans they’re easily manipulated!” Do it yourselves if you’re so gung ho. Oh you don’t wanna do that? Didn’t think so. Yet more Americans should die for Bibi and the likes of you? No way on gods green earth.

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          • BigCat

            1. In the Middle East, there is a recognition that a nuclear armed Iran is a major threat to the security of the whole region. All the Gulf-States support Israel when it comes to Iran;
            2. All (major) West countries recognize that a nuclear armed Iran is a threat to the Free World, not to Israel alone. Merkel, Cameroon, Hollande and Obama have all said so;
            3. Israel is the front gate of the West. Prime Minister Netanyahu is not asking the Americans to die for Israel. The responsibility to prevent a nuclear Iran is a shared responsibility and if the Obama-administration will not act to stop a nuclear Iran, Israel will do that on its own and will not be bound by any agreement that risks the existence of the Jewish State.

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          • Michael's Mind

            http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/02/13/opinion/roger-cohen-curtail-iran-and-win.html?_r=0

            “…The falseness of the debate lies in the disingenuousness of the dismantlers. Iran has mastered the fuel cycle. This may be regrettable but is no less true for that. It did so before Obama took office. The country knows its way around basic enrichment technology. Thousands of centrifuges are spinning, although many fewer than would have been without the effective interim agreement concluded in late 2013. What then does it mean to dismantle knowledge? You can’t bomb a people’s knowledge out of existence. Yet this in essence is what the dismantlers propose….The dismantlers seek another unwinnable war. They cloak their intent with irresponsible talk of a deal as another Munich. Their argument is false. The curtailers are realistic. They are right. It’s far better to circumscribe enrichment than spur it — and possibly an Iranian bomb — through impossible dismantlement demands.”

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          • BigCat

            Michael’s mind, I guess Michael has a mind of his own that contains his own opinion. I do not like people who copy and paste the opinions of pundits to substitute for their own opinion. If you have an opinion, tell us what it is so that we can debate it. If you do not have an opinion, you might consider not engaging in the debate. My debate is with YOU, not the absent pundits from NYT, Haaretz, etc. who are not here to defend their opinions.

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          • Michael's Mind

            I don’t care what you like. Did you ever consider that? Your stance is anti-intellectual and thuggish. Roger Cohen’s opinion contains its own defense. Neither he nor I need to “defend” ourselves further from the likes of a thuggish propagandist like you. Get used to it and stop telling people what they can and cannot write or post here. This place is not your little street boxing ring. It’s a democratic forum. Again, who cares what you like? What a narcissist you are.

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          • BigCat

            MM, clearly you do not have YOUR OWN ideas but instead post the ideas of others to compensate for your own intellectual inadequacies. That’s unfortunate, because I really wanted an exchange of ideas with you. But in other to engage in that exchange, you must have your own ideas which are obviously absent.

            How about we both start copying and pasting the opinion of your favorite columnists from Haaretz and jpost to respond to one another? Is that how to debate? Clearly you think that by copying and pasting the opinion of others to substitute for your own inferior opinion you are being “intellectual” and anyone telling you that’s not how to debate is “anti-intellectual”? Wow! Very interesting. Just so you know, Brian/”a conscientious objector” has said the same things you said and in almost the exact the same words….talk about telling others to ignore- and not respond to me….hilarious!

            Btw, you are nothing comparable to Roger Cohen, Chemi Shalev and all the other Haaretz columnists and pundits you copy and paste. If you were, you would not copy and paste their opinions, because you would then be intelligent enough to formulate your own opinion. You don’t even have the intelligence of the moron Richard Silverstein whom you also copy and paste. How delusional of you.

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          • Liz

            Sounds like BC is one of the students that are being sponsored by the Israeli government to act as its spokesman on various internet sites.

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