Bibi’s Enemies are Backing Down after this interview went public

T. Belman. Unfortunately Bibi still refers to Judea and Samaria as “disputed” territories. I totally disagree. Jews are the only people who have a right to it and to whom it has been given.

Unfortunately, he also still calls Biden a good friend of Israel and that the status quo on the Temple Mount is sacrosanct.

by Phil Schneider, ISRAEL UNWIRED 

For more than 30 years, Benjamin Netanyahu has been the #1 spokesman of the State of Israel. His leadership has always been in the public eye. And nearly, every time, he has masterfully played the Israeli press, the foreign press, Congress, and US President’s like a fiddle. But there have been times that he has made serious mistakes.

Back in 1996, Netanyahu squeaked into the Prime Minister’s chair following a razor sharp election. Until 1:30 AM on the night of the election, all of the radio stations and TV stations in Israel were discussing Shimon Peres’ victory and who would serve in what posts. But, a few critical constituencies made the difference and Netanyahu won. Despite the closeness of the election, the results were not contested. Looking back, Netanyahu’s effective communication of his “peace through strength” message was probably the single most important political factor in the election. The constant wave of terror attacks in the months and years leading up to the election rattled the sense of security of millions of Israelis. Shimon Peres was viewed as weak in confronting the terror organizations. Netanyahu came off as more determined to fight them. Netanyahu won.

But a few years later, in 1999, Netanyahu lost his seat as Prime Minister to his former Army Commander, Ehud Barak. Barak had the impeccable Army record and Netanyahu was seen as weak in confronting Yasser Arafat and the PLO. He seemed to be more of a talker than a doer. Netanyahu lost, but he learned his lesson. He would never let himself be portrayed as weak in dealing with safety and security. Since then, Netanyahu has not really ever lost an election, although he once could not manage to cobble together a coalition.

What Netanyahu does here is – in perfect English – in order to stabilize his base in Israel and send a message to any future President in America that Israel is in charge of it’s domestic affairs. He is doing this as the right wing parties in Israel now hold the key to his hold on power and he must give in to their pressure to stay in power. So, he has moved to the right as his country has.

He is the consummate politician – less an ideologue, and more of a master of negotiation and political maneuvering.

June 13, 2023 | 5 Comments »

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  1. Thank you for this video. The Prime Minister speaks respectfully, with dignity, is crystal clear in his message, and is passionate about protecting his people. In response to every objection and criticism raised by the journalist, he patiently and skillfully separated truth from anti-Israeli political propaganda and lies. The Left wants to destroy, the Likud focuses constructively on finding whatever consensus is possible to find, but hopefully will achieve their objective regardless of the Left’s attempt to obstruct progress. It is the same as dealing with Palestinian obstructionism: they won’t accept Israel within any boundaries. The Left won’t accept Israel unless they are in charge, elections be damned.

    I have one message for Mr. Prime Minister and for the Israeli people: Marxists will not compromise. Don’t allow yourselves to be fooled into thinking you can compromise with Marxists. If you do, you’ll end up with the problems the US has: we now have a totalitarian state with fraudulent elections and an unelected government bureaucracy that thinks they are in charge of everything.

  2. On the other hand, since he defended the right of Jews to live anywhere without being discriminated against, but especially in Judea, not mentioning Samaria to drive home the connection between Jew and Judea, most importantly, separating the issue of antisemitic discrimination from territorial issues, hence the usefulness in this context of using the word, “dispute,” though it really does belong to the Jewish people under international law, he may very well have been inserting wiggle room in the “status quo” which the international community, or sizeable portions of it, may very well believe is as he described it (he appealed to liberal ideals here, highlighting the conflict between their professed universalism and their endorsement of antisemitic discrimination in its name).

    It is true that the authorities have relaxed enforcement of their draconic regulations against Jews somewhat of late as more and more Jews have been visiting. He may have been subtly pushing the envelope.

    Caroline Glick has been emphasizing the ignored civil rights aspect of the issue for years, not to mention many individuals and organizations on Facebook. (Facebook , which, like Netflix, is governed by AI algorigthms that pop posts up they think you will be interested in based on the preferences expressed in your posts, likes, and shares. Every so often it even asks you if you want see more or less like something, assuming one doesn’t fall afoul of their “fact checkers” or “community standards” but they don’t seem to mind when people just tell the truth about what’s going on in Israel. Be careful about what you openly advocate though, even when just being emotional or satirical.) I haven’t had many problems, and when I did, I got them to reverse their decision. (Though I wonder if the fact that I created a separate page with many of my leftwing college papers from the ’90s might have something to do with it, even though only one or two people ever visited it.)

    Maybe it’s just me but the supercilious disdain with which the British interviewer veritably dripped as he interrogated the Prime Minister of Israel felt like more than the usual toadying to the “Progressive” line of his bosses.

    But Bibi won the debate hands down. The sour look on the face of his interlucutor as he couldn’t think of a reasonable response to Bibi’s ever reasonable, informed, common sense and traditional liberal western values arguments was pleasant to see,

    Not for nothing, he is a war hero, a student of history, an economist, and a diplomat
    rolled into one. With actual experience in each of these fields.

    Not for nothing, he is Israel’s longest serving prime minister, not all at once. Though I disagree with some of the concessions he has felt impelled to make but I am not standing in his shoes and I never learned how to juggle.

  3. Did you notice that he reaffirmed that the status quo on the Temple Mount, that all faiths will have free and unfettered access to the Temple Mount will be maintained when Jews are not allowed to pray or drink from water fountains in reality, and have fewer and seperate entrances they can use while Muslims can do as they please?

    He said a lot of things I dismiss as diplomatic niceties/necessities. I might do the same in his place, which is the reason I’ve never liked having political responsibility for anyone but myself.

  4. ‘Cry ‘Havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war’ was a line in Shakespeare’s play, Julius Ceaser.
    Marc Antony said it when he found the dead body of Julius Ceaser.
    The word, Havoc, was the command used by military commanders to signal the troops that they should wreak havoc and chaos and loot, pillage and rape, and bring utter destruction.
    I find it odd that even though there is no military movement going on in the U.S. at the moment, the civilian population is acting exactly like the soldiers of old.
    The chaos and anarchy have reached unheard-of levels of havoc here.
    The police cannot handle the problems and we cannot deploy troops in the streets against civilians, like in Israel, because of the Posse Comitatus Act.
    I would have to say that this country is out of control and the government is trying to cover it up as much as possible.
    We are in it deep with no relief or de-escalation in sight.
    The dogs of war, to me today, represent the war mankind has declared on Heaven.
    In addition to them is the ancient Cerberus, the hound of hell, with three heads and a serpent for a tail that keeps the dead from leaving hell in Greek mythology.
    I know the ancient stuff is nonsense and fairy tails, of course, but it does show that mankind has not changed and has gotten worse.
    Imagine the terror felt by seculars who have no God to rely on or trust.
    It is causing insanity and blatant panic, to the point that regular people are becoming criminals too.
    Let us hope and pray that Israel does not allow things to get as bad there as here in the U.S.
    Even though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death I will fear no evil…

  5. Jews/Gov in Israel should start by CANCELLING the term “Palestinians” and instead use only “Arabs of/in Israel”!
    The US & Israeli left (and to some extent the EU) have failed to do to Bibi what they so far succeeded to do to Trump.
    The Aron Bark’s Judicial coup occurred in 2006.
    Why only now?
    Western MSM are clearly antisemitic and engaged in massive anti-Israel disinformation.