Sunday, June 14, 2020 – TakeAways

OK, let's give a huge hearty hello to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s newest poodle, Shlomo Karai, or as lawyer Ronit Amiel, a former state attorney refers to them, eunuchs. (For those who don’t know, generally, a eunuch is a man who has been castrated to serve a specific social function. And yes, there are female eunuchs.) A good description of Bibi’s flunkies. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/lawyer-who-helped-convict-katsav-slamms-netanyahu-in-facebook-post-631321

When I first read the article, I simply burst out laughing, it’s just such an apt description of what I in the past called “wallies” – but yes, they are eunuchs as they no “balls” (and maybe precious little upstairs either.)

With so much going in Israel right now, it's amazing that this eunuch has the time to write to the AG and ask that Ravid Drucker and other journalists be investigated. https://www.timesofisrael.com/likud-mk-asks-ag-to-investigate-reporter-after-pm-calls-for-imprisonment/

But of course, when it comes to protecting Netanyahu, regrading of guilt or innocence, there is nothing more important.

Welcome to Israel 2020.

Not far removed from the above, Meirav Cohen, head of social equality ministry, says it’s ‘very hard’ to serve under a PM her Blue and White party once vowed to shun, but ‘I hope we’ve chosen lesser of two evils’. https://www.timesofisrael.com/blue-and-white-minister-we-dont-believe-netanyahu-or-in-netanyahu/

The headline to the article reads “Israeli government minister: We don’t believe Netanyahu, or in Netanyahu”

The question is, other than to give “jobs–to-the-boys” (or in this case a girl), why the heck do we need a ministry dedicated to Social Equality, should it not be a given that each government department strives 100% to ensure there is equality in all matters.

And here we have in black and white, a government minister from the treacheries, stab-the-public-in-the-back Blue and White party saying on record that Netanyahu can’t be trusted.

Welcome to Israel 2020.

“Israel's next election cycle will be for the President's Residence”

Thought-provoking article by the Jerusalem Post’s political affairs correspondent, Gil Hoffman who poses the question, “Could Netanyahu use the President’s Residence to escape prosecution?https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/israels-next-election-cycle-will-be-for-the-presidents-residence-631159

In the past, I have written several times that I see the day that Netanyahu will make a play for the presidency of Israel; grabbing a page from the playbooks of Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who also at one time served as prime minister before hijacking the presidency of Turkey, and his best buddy Vladimir Putin.

I was told that it was far-fetched, that I was crazy, mad, barmy – so what else is new?

And yet, here is a respected mainline journalist who, for different reasons poses the question. (Maybe Shlomo Karai wants Gil Hoffman prosecuted for having the gall to even suggest the idea?).

But just think about it, Bibi as president for a seven-year term, Sara of for would be delighted!

President Netanyahu would have somewhere to live (at the taxpayer's expense) once he gives up Balfour Street (and agreement or not, it's questionable that he will step aside). Additionally, his various court cases are put on hold for the term of his presidency (is there a legal statute of limitations on these cases?), and as president, Bibi could bend the will of whoever is the prime minister to his vision of Israel and of course his legacy.

As they say, watch this space, it’s going to be interesting to see what Bibi’s eunuchs do particularly when you have rants from the prime minister claiming that various groups/people are colluding against him, his supports “Netanyahu's campaign of incitement could end in bloodshed once more” - https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HJXwMx6hL

And then there is this “Why some on the right see Netanyahu’s trial as unjust – even if he’s guilty” https://www.timesofisrael.com/why-the-right-sees-netanyahus-trial-as-unjust-even-if-hes-guilty/

“Prosecuting the PM for trading influence for favorable media coverage isn’t an attack on the right, but on ‘the legitimate boundaries of politics,” says attorney Gil Bringer.

This would seem to add extra impetus to the argument that as president, Netanyahu would be assured of an almost free-reign for seven years. What a prospect!

This past weekend saw a spate of articles dealing with Netanyahu’s plans for the Jordan Valley Jewish settlements. The articles make fascinating reading. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-annexation-israeli-apartheid-hounding-journalists-gantz-didn-t-come-to-fight-1.8916453 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/11/israels-annexation-of-the-west-bank-will-be-yet-another-tragedy-for-palestinians https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-first-ever-op-ed-for-israeli-paper-uae-diplomat-warns-against-annexation/ https://www.timesofisrael.com/uae-said-to-warn-washington-annexation-will-cripple-gulf-backing-for-trump-plan/ https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-rare-interview-to-arab-press-ex-pm-olmert-blasts-west-bank-annexation-plans/ https://www.timesofisrael.com/already-neglected-jordan-valley-palestinians-fear-trump-plan-will-confine-them/

And if the above is not enough rookie foreign minster Gabi Ashkenazi, Libyan rebels want Israel’s support - https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-interview-with-israeli-paper-top-libyan-rebel-calls-for-israels-support/

The January 2018 heated confrontation between former US ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, and Sky News Kay Burley is a matter of public record. And now, following Bolton’s short tenure (April 2018 to September 2019 ) as one of a string of Donald J’s national security advisors, Bolton has surprise, surpsrise written a book on his experiences at the White House.

Bolton pulls no punches. His book entitled “The Room Where It Happened, reportedly takes readers inside the “chaos in the White House” and reveals “assessments of major players, the president’s inconsistent, scattershot decision-making process, and his dealings with allies and enemies alike.”

Further, Bolton adds “I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my tenure that wasn’t driven by re-election calculations.” Bolton also criticizes Trump for focusing solely on his chances of re-election as he made major policy decisions.

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