Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the deal a “historic mistake.” was seized upon as evidence that this must be bad for Israel. Netanyahu also said, “This accord must bring about one outcome: the dismantling of Iran’s military nuclear capability,” as if that was not what the interim deal could achieve.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 25, 2013 1:00 pm|
|By: Dennis Trainor Jr Wednesday March 13, 2013 5:51 pm|
President Barack Obama is set to arrive in Israel next week- and has set the bar for peace about as low as it can get, saying that he won’t be carrying in a grand peace plan for the middle east when he arrives. So, the Obama visit is a low expectations game of international charades that, depending on how cynical your point of view, is either a solidification of allies before world war three ensues or a simply friends helping each other tread water in the sea of status quo that – in the powder keg of the middle east, is as untenable as David Hasselhoff’s sobriety.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 19, 2012 2:30 pm|
Israeli air strikes have brought the death toll in Gaza to at least 100 people killed. Hundreds have been injured. Israeli forces have launched over 950 air strikes while Palestinian militants have fired over 1,000 projectiles causing minor wounds to multiple Israelis. A rocket killed three Israelis on Thursday, but at least a third of the projectiles have been intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system, which the United States helped fund through hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday November 17, 2012 12:00 pm|
The Times reported spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mark Regev, stated, “Government buildings had been targeted because Hamas ‘makes no distinction between its terrorist military machine and the government structure…We have seen Hamas consistently using so-called civilian facilities for the purposes of hiding their terrorist military machine, including weapons.”
Under this concept, it is hard to see how Israel would not be able to justify hitting any part of Gaza and killing any person inside or nearby that infrastructure. Saturday morning, according to Haaretz, Israel’s air force targeted Gaza’s police headquarters, other government buildings and a mosque in Rafah. It also is impossible to see how a cease-fire can be brokered if Israel is going to destroy the offices of political leaders elected in disputed or undisputed Palestinian elections.
|By: Attaturk Thursday September 20, 2012 1:30 am|
David Gregory’s self-described “Leader of the Jewish People” (news to a lot of people, especially the Jewish ones) Bibi Netanyahu, has decided the smartest thing the Prime Minister of a State quite reliant on bi-partisan American largesse could do is openly side with one of them to get the bombing started.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday May 8, 2012 9:30 am|
In an unexpected development, Benjamin Netanyahu has canceled early elections in Israel, instead forming a unity government with Kadima, the center-right rival recently taken over by Shaul Mofaz. The elections, which would have taken place in September, will now get delayed a year, which ironically may be a good thing for what some call Israel’s worst government ever.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday March 6, 2012 12:40 pm|
In the President’s press conference, he focused mostly on Iran, to the exclusion of even a single question about Eric Holder’s asserted right to kill American citizens without a trial. I think the President runs a risk asserting that he didn’t have a “containment policy” on Iran. But his focus has been on the near-term consequences of Israel acting along to strike at Iranian facilities. He also took aim at the amped-up rhetoric at home pushing the world into war; in his presser, he had some pretty strong words about that
|By: David Dayen Tuesday March 6, 2012 7:45 am|
For those thinking that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would say one thing in public and another in private while in the White House, you can probably put that to rest. For reports are leaking out about that White House meeting, and the best that can be said about it is that Netanyahu hasn’t put the bombers into the sky just yet.
|By: David Dayen Monday March 5, 2012 2:45 pm|
A day after speaking at the AIPAC conference, President Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today. The telegraphed message from the President for this meeting was to tell Netanyahu that he has a friend in the United States, that sanctions should be given time to work, and that Israel should not seek a unilateral strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. And Netanyahu basically said “I’ll do what I want.”
|By: David Dayen Monday March 5, 2012 8:10 am|
President Obama had a somewhat contradictory message for the AIPAC conference on Sunday, an outgrowth of his typical play for a middle course in any and all things. On the one hand, he decried “loose talk of war”. On the other hand, he exhibited… loose talk of war, while pushing for sanctions that in the past have had serious consequences for the innocent.