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Obama’s Chief of Staff at J St Conference, as with Benghazi, Pointing Right Instead of Left

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Denis McDonough, U.S. President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, gave the Keynote Address at J Street’s fifth annual conference.

J Street was created to be “Obama’s blocking back” as he and it seek to bludgeon Israel into creating a Palestinian State immediately if not sooner, claiming that unless that happens, Israel cannot remain both a Jewish and a democratic state.

McDONOUGH’S CONNECTIONS TO BENGHAZI COVER-UP AND SOROS THINK TANK

What has largely been ignored is the connection between this chief of staff and one of the greatest catastrophes of the first Obama administration.

During the fall of 2012, a mob later revealed to be al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists took over an American mission in Benghazi, Libya and murdered four Americans, including the American Ambassador Chris Stevens. Initial reports crafted by the administration blamed a low quality video critical of Muhammad for the “demonstration” that “got out of hand.”

At the time of the Benghazi debacle, the current chief of staff was the Deputy National Security Advisor. It was to him and the other three members of what is called the National Security Council Deputies Committee, that the House Intelligence Committee traced the changes in the infamous “talking points” to minimize the fact that terrorists and not simply an outraged crowd of Muslims responding to a low-budget video, “The Innocence of Muslims” was behind the attacks on the American outposts in Benghazi.

Of the four members of the Deputies Committee, McDonough was the one who most vociferously and publicly condemned the “truly abhorrent video.”

Other than being Obama’s chief of staff and a former deputy national security advisor, who is Denis McDonough? Prior to his positions in the executive branch, MdDonough did a stint at the George Soros-created Center for American Progress. Who else was integral to the creation of CAP? Morton Halperin, who was also a co-creator and is now the chair of J Street’s board of directors.

Back to this year’s J Street Conference.

McDonough spoke on Monday, March 23, about the accomplishments of Team Obama over the past six years. McDonough knew full well he was speaking to a crowd that fervently embraces many of those changes.

McDonough has long been extremely close with Obama. The chief of staff channeled his boss by chiding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over a statement  made just before last week’s election in Israel.

McDonough verbally glared at Netanyahu for audaciously suggesting that the present was not the right time to create a Palestinian State in the Middle East. Netanyahu had gone even one step further and said that the creation of such a state at any time in the near future would be not just unwise but calamitous, given the ever-expanding presence of radical Islamic organizations such as ISIS, which have been consolidating power and asserting control over weak governments in the region.

The nerve of Netanyahu to rely on his own assessments of what would be catastrophic for the Middle East rather than accept the U.S. administration’s view of how things should go down in the region, especially given this administration’s foreign policy track record over the past six years: Iran’s Green Party, Egypt’s Mubarak, then Egypt’s Morsi, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, the re-set with Russia, ISIS, Yemen and a host of others.

But McDonough knew he was in friendly territory at the J Street Conference and knew there would be a warm reception for an attack on Netanyahu for daring to say out loud that it was unwise to create a Palestinian State now.

“That is why the Prime Minister’s comments on the eve of the election – in which he first intimated and then made very clear in a response to a follow up question that a Palestinian state will not be established while he is prime minister – were so troubling,” McDonough said.

White House Escalates War on Netanyahu with Allegations of Spying

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The Obama administration has escalated its political war on Israel with new charges – denied by Israel – that Jerusalem lobbied Congress against a deal with Iran by using information collected from spying on secret talks.

Israel has formally denied the allegations, admitting it obtained information but explaining it did so by spying on Iran and by receiving intelligence from European officials.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday morning, “The spying operation was part of a broader campaign by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to penetrate the negotiations and then help build a case against the emerging terms of the deal.”

More significantly, the newspaper added:

The espionage didn’t upset the White House as much as Israel’s sharing of inside information with U.S. lawmakers and others to drain support from a high-stakes deal intended to limit Iran’s nuclear program, current and former officials said.

It is one thing for the U.S. and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal U.S. secrets and play them back to U.S. legislators to undermine U.S. diplomacy,’ said a senior U.S. official briefed on the matter.

The White House accusations are based on the conclusions that information Israel acquired could only have been obtained from spying on confidential talks by U.S. officials.

A senior official from the office of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Journal:

These allegations are utterly false. The state of Israel does not conduct espionage against the United States or Israel’s other allies. The false allegations are clearly intended to undermine the strong ties between the United States and Israel and the security and intelligence relationship we share.

No one believes that the United States and Israel don’t spy on each other, but Israel has been less ambitious since Jonathan Pollard was caught nearly 30 years exposing for Israel secret information from the Pentagon, where he worked.

But no one, except perhaps Obama, believes that Israel is not capable of spying on Iran.

“Did the administration really believe we wouldn’t find out?” about the closed-door talks by American officials from other sources, an Israel official said.

Israeli officials informed senior members of Congress of details on the proposed deal, including the compromise that would allow Iran to operate approximately 6,500 centrifuges for enriching uranium.

Obama has two problems concerning his policies on Israel and Iran – Netanyahu and Congress. Both are sure that any deal with Iran on its nuclear development program will be a bad deal.

President Obama still is sulking over Netanyahu’s speech to Congress two weeks ago in which he warned against a deal. Netanyahu has the support of a majority of Congress and possibly even enough to override a presidential veto of a law that would require him to submit a deal to the legislature for review.

Obama and Netanyahu have become paranoid of each other. The Prime Minister does not trust the president to keep Iran from having the capability of obtaining a nuclear weapon that could be aimed at Israel and fulfill the Islamic Republic’s stated dream of wiping Israel off the map.

Obama and Netanyahu have totally lost trust in each other over the White House’s cherished “two-state solution” and “a negotiated peace” that Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas has ditched long ago but for which Obama wants to make Netanyahu the scapegoat.

Not coincidentally, Congress is on Israel’s side, while President Obama and his foreign policy team constantly ignore official Palestinian Authority incitement for terror and turn a blind eye to PA documents calling for all of Israel to be “Palestine.”

The establishment pundits are having a field day charging that Netanyahu is at fault for supposedly forcing a cold war on Obama.

PM Netanyahu Sends Condolence Letter to the Sassoon Family

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Monday, 23 March 2015), sent a condolence letter to the Sassoon family which lost seven children last Shabbat in a fire in Brooklyn.

The children were laid to rest in Jerusalem earlier this evening.

Prime Minister Netanyahu wrote to Gabriel, the father of the family:

Dear Gabriel, I was deeply shocked to hear about the tragic deaths of your beloved children, Eliane, David, Rivka, Yehoshua, Moshe, Sarah and Yaakov.

From what I have heard about them, they were children imbued with values, who were a source of pride and joy for you. Each one of your children was a world unto him or herself, unique and special. There is no greater sorrow than the loss of children and the pain is even greater because they were so young. The entire Jewish People feels your pain.

As a family with faith, your dear ones embody the verse (Leviticus 10:3), ‘Through those that are close to Me will I be sanctified’. May you find the inner strength to cope with the tragedy that has befallen your family. May the memories of your children be a source of strength and consolation.

I wish a full and quick recovery to your wife Gayle and your daughter Tziporah.

Yours in deep grief over the loss of seven pure souls,

Sincerely,

Benjamin Netanyahu.

Moody’s Finance: Netanyahu Coalition to Be Stable and Good for Economy

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

The expected right-wing government headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “would likely be inherently more stable than a coalition led by the centre-left Zionist Union, which would struggle to put together a majority,” Moody’s Investors Service analyst Kristin Lindow wrote Monday.

The world-wide credit rating service said the victory by the right-ring in the elections last week is good for Israel’s credit rating because of expected  “economic policy cohesion.”

“We expect the government’s fiscal rules to contain spending growth and keep credit metrics for Israel on their well-established improving trend, a credit positive,” Lindow and co-author Pamela Reyes Herrera  wrote.

He added that the coalition that Netanyahu is putting together will last longer than the previous and ill-conceived government.

The new administration “would likely be inherently more stable than a coalition led by the centre-left Zionist Union, which would struggle to put together a majority,” Lindow said.

The Moody’s report added, “The economy’s recovery from last year’s Gaza conflict should lead to rapid consensus over the budget allocations.”

A government source told “the Globes business newspaper that the announcement by Moody’s “is a positive announcement. It can almost be called a ‘God speed’ for Netanyahu.”

This is bad news for the “anyone but Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu” campaigners, whose spokesmen, such as The New York Times and the Obama administration, have drowned out the right-wing victory with twisted analyses to soothe their wounds while babbling that Israel now will be worse off than ever.

The irony of Israel’s Labor party, which now calls itself the “Zionist Union” following the merger with Tzipi Livni’s faction, is that unlike its counterparts in the rest of the world, Labor is anything but socialist.

Israel’s Labor party always has been run by the old-guard elitists, except for a short interval when Amir Peretz, long-time leader of the Histadrut national labor party, carried the ball and fumbled it forever.

Israel’s tycoons, which control most of the manufacturing capacity in the country, always have been behind Labor and against reforms to create a free market.

McCain – “Get Over Your Temper Tantrum, Mr. President”

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

In a strongly worded interview on Sundays’s CNN’s “State of the Union“, Senator John McCain said that President Obama should “get over his temper tantrum” following Netanyahu’s victory.

McCain said, “The President has his priorities so screwed up that it’s unbelievable.”

McCain made it clear that if President Obama didn’t use his veto at the UN against a resolution for a Palestinian State, then Congress would reexamine its funding of the UN in response.

McCain discussed the real regional problems, such as ISIS and Iran, and said the President’s personal issues with Netanyahu are getting in the way of important policy issues.

Kachlon Offered Prime Minister Rotation Deal – By Buji Herzog

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Yitzchak “Buji” Herzog is starting to look like a one-trick pony.

Senior members of the Zionist Union claim that party leader Yitzchak Herzog offered Kulanu chief Moshe Kachlon, who holds the key to forming any coalition a deal, a deal he can’t refuse, according to a Maariv report.

They claim that besides offering Kachlon a senior ministerial positions in the government, like Netanyahu did, Herzog upped the ante and also offered to share the Prime Minister’s seat with Kachlon, in a rotation agreement.

The party members didn’t say if they would be ruling on alternate days, or would it be one week on and one week off, and how exactly it would all that fit into Tzipi Livni’s rotation schedule with Herzog (depending on the hour, if that rotation deal is on or off), and would this just turn into some sort of convoluted 3-way relationship.

Herzog is making offers to all the parties that might sit in Netanyahu’s coalition that he thinks could be bought off, in hope of becoming a partial prime minister.

One does wonder how many Prime Ministers Herzog envisions sitting in that chair at the same time.

His rotation schedule could look like this:
Sunday: Herzog (Labor)
Monday: Kachlon (Kulanu)
Tuesday: Gal-on (Meretz)
Wednesday: Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu)
Thursday: Odeh (Arab List)
Friday: Livni (HaTnua)
Saturday: Lapid (Yesh Atid)

Bennett Likely to Get Foreign Ministry

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) is asking for to be the Foreign Minister in the new coalition, and Netanyahu may give it to him.

Bennett is asking for an expanded ministry, with added control over Diaspora Affairs, Hasbara (PR) and Jerusalem.

Bayit Yehudi MKs want to also receive the Ministry of Religion in the upcoming government, so they can continue to try to reform the ministry and make changes in the nature and quality of religious services in Israel. They want Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan to receive that appointment.

Shas also wants the Ministry of Religion.

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