Netanyahu demands more billions from US after Iran Deal, insults US Envoy, Steals more Land

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

At the Davos World Economic Forum, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu insisted that the deal between the UN Security Council and Iran limiting its enrichment program to purely civilian uses had made Israel less secure, and that it must therefore be granted tens of billions of extra military aid from the United States.

Netanyahu made the claim on the US taxpayer in the wake of his harsh words for the US ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro.

Shapiro had addressed a conference earlier this week in which he said that the Obama administration now questions the commitment of Netanyahu’s government to peace with the Palestinians. Shapiro said that Israel wasn’t acting credibly to curb the violence of Israeli squatters on the Palestinian West Bank against Palestinians, and that it should open more land to the Palestinians: “Too much vigilantism goes unchecked, and at times there seems to be two standards of adherence to the rule of law, one for Israelis, and another for Palestinians. . . Hovering over all these questions is the larger one about Israel’s political strategy vis-a-vis its conflict with the Palestinians.” He also criticized Palestinian violence.

Netanyahu slapped down Shapiro, calling his observations “unacceptable and incorrect”, he added, “Israel enforces the law for Israelis and Palestinians.”

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked demanded that Shapiro take back his words.

A former aid to Netanyahu went on Israeli television on Tuesday and put Shapiro down as a yahudon or “little Jew boy,” a deeply offensive epithet used by some far rightwing Israelis to characterize diaspora Jews they view as insufficiently Jewish or insufficiently supportive of Israel.

Then yesterday the Netanyahu government made Shapiro’s point for him by announcing that it will steal 350 acres of Palestinian land near Jericho in the Jordan Valley.

So, to summarize: Netanyahu tried to humiliate the president of the United States by addressing Congress and urging it to overturn Obama’s Iran negotiations. Then when he was defeated he turned around and demanded extra billions in military aid. He and his friends insulted Ambassador Shapiro for daring criticize their vast land thefts and Jewish-only colonial policies in Palestinian territory. Then they barefacedly announced that they are in fact going to steal another 350 acres from Palestinian owners.

Not sure if their shoplifting that land requires that we give them yet more billions.

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21 Responses

  1. Thank you very much, Juan, for another “right on” observation.

    Not sure at all that, as you say, their shoplifting that land requires that we American taxpayers give them extra billions.

  2. One Israeli official said…”The US has no right to criticize Israel.” To which I say if this was any other nation the US would withhold their aid and sanctions would be placed on them.

    This may not be related but National Review has put out an issue in which all of their contributors, such as John Podhoretz and Mona Charan, both strong supporters of Netanyahu, strongly criticize Trump. My feeling is the chickenhawk neocons are hopeful the next Republican president will fulfill their PNAC wish list and wage war with Iran. I think Trump would be more prone to make Iran a trading partner than wage another unnecessary and costly war in the middle east and that won’t do.

  3. Numerous actions are serving to reduce first the affection and now any residual respect for the US, and pandering to Israel’s behaviour is certainly one of them. I imagine that’s what Shapiro was try to warn of the other day, the same day incidentally the EU was passing a resolution defining the distinction between pre-1967 Israel and now. Israel is undoubtedly heading for a slide. its present trajectory is unsustainable, but a slide towards a whimper, most of the civilised world hopes, and not the bang Netanyahu seems so tauntingly to invite.

  4. Belial

    .@HillaryClinton would fall over backwards as Prez to serve at Netanyahu’s Beck and call.

  5. The chances are very high that Obama will take this insult and present his other cheek (I wish he does the opposite and surprise me) and the GOP congress will applaud Netanyahu and his regime. Europe will be quiet lest they be labeled for resurfacing anti-semitic tendencies. Our pundits in the think tanks will by and large go along, after all there is a lot of additional business for the defense industry.
    Israel now has a not too secret understanding with Saudi Arabia and the GCC whereby Israel provides a security guarantee to KSA and KSA and the GCC in return take on Iran through Islamic (Sunni) terrorism.
    We the USA are helpless at best and in connivance at worst unless Obama breaks some glass like boycotting (no show) a UNSC meeting where Israel is sanctioned; withholding additional military grants to Israel. However, all this will require fortitude which I suspect he lacks when it comes to Israel.

  6. More money for “Israel security”? What about more money for clean drinking water in Flint, Michigan so people don’t died?
    We are all Flint Michigan, sick to the stomach, dying, literately and otherwise.

  7. Israel’s policies, actions and arguments seem illogical and immoral, yet they have worked well for them, for as long as I can remember. The U.S. continues to support, defend and enable them.

  8. Back in the 1930’s, when I was maturing into what would soon become a Radioman in the U.S. Navy, I listened carefully and despised roundly when Adolf Hitler spoke.
    Lo, these MANY years later, I hear the same vile hatred spewing from the vile mouth of a bigot who has so recently been RE-elected to affirm Israel’s HATRED for other people, in this case, Palestinians (who have a far greater claim to certain properties in the Levant, but lack the vast sums of money available to their tormenters.) Perhaps my prior reactions were premature.

    • Indeed, the Palestinians have a greater claim, yet they are kept in inhuman conditions, with the support of America: support in the form of weapons, money, and vetoes at the UNSC. Yesterday the NY Times accused political leaders in Michigan of “depraved indifference” to the people of Flint. Our leaders in DC are equally guilty of “depraved indifference” to the people of Palestine.

    • Don’t let your disgust with the current hate-mongering make you question your accurate evaluation of the hate speech you heard last century. To suggest that the Nazi propaganda was correct because Palestinians now suffer the predation of Israel is a twisted, illogical conclusion.

  9. Shapiro had addressed a conference earlier this week in which he said that the Obama administration now questions the commitment of Netanyahu’s government to peace with the Palestinians.

    Can this be a sign that Obama and his advisers finally realize that he, the office of the presidency, his administration and the American people can no longer continue to be incessantly insulted and humiliated by Netanyahu and his government?

    • Obama has only a year left in his presidency and it is my guess his administration will take a path of increasing criticism toward Netanyahu’s actions.

      After he leaves office on Jan. 20th, 2017, I speculate that Obama shall take a path similar to former Pres. Carter and become an open critic of Israeli government policies.

      • Is there some law that says he must wait? To do nothing when he can is criminal, as we learned from the Freddie Gray case, and more recently from Flint. “Depraved indifference.”

  10. It would seem to be more appropriate that we give Israel less or even nothing until the Palestinian land grab is stopped. How can Netanyahu say that he wants peace with a straight face.

  11. It’s hard to say which is the more shameless: Israeli contempt for its patron, or the USA’s craven pandering to that outrageous behaviour.

    Possibly the latter.

    After all, Israel treats every country and every international institution with contempt: nothing new there, just Israeli boorishness writ large.

    But it’s hard to imagine the USA tolerating this behaviour from any of it other client-states.

    Indeed, no-one else would dare to act this way for the simple reason that the response from Uncle Sam could range from a painful slap-down-with-sanctions all the way up to regime-change-with-extreme-prejudice.

    But Israel? Untouchable.

  12. When Netanyahu throws a tantrum, Uncle Sam indulges.

    After all that backstabbing, sabotaging, and interfering, during Obama’s efforts to make a deal with Iran, he has the arrogance and the audacity, to think we still owe them more.
    I wish our leaders would grow a spine, and tell Israel to go and jump in the sea.

    • “I wish our leaders would grow a spine………….”

      I recently saw a televised British House of Commons debate on the Israel/Palestine issue and was amazed at how publicly critical those MPs were toward Israeli misconduct – even Jewish MPs.

      Those MPs appeared even-handed as they were equally critical of Hamas’ conduct in the conflict – without attacking the Palestinians.

      It would have been shocking to such critical discourse in U.S. Congress.

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