Benjamin Netanyahu

Bibi's $10-Billion Blunder

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dropped his threat to wait for the next president to make a better offer on a 10-year military aid bill if the Obama administration doesn't meet his demands.

That's the word from officials at the White House, the Congress and the Israeli government. 

Blaming Obama For Orlando

Hysteria seems to be gripping the GOP. So many say they don't like Trump's tone and politics of hate but that hasn't stopped them from replicating it. Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) said President Barack Obama was "directly responsible" for the Orlando terror attack because "he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al-Qaeda went to Syria, became ISIS." 

He lamely took a tiny step back saying he meant Obama's "policies" were "directly responsible" for the tragedy in Florida.

When Yes Means No

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week unequivocally rejected the French proposal for a Middle East peace conference involving some two dozen nations to be held in Paris this summer.  He said the only way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is by "direct bilateral negotiations" and he's "ready immediately to begin" talks "without any preconditions."

That may be what he said, but it's not what he meant.

The French say their goal is to revive negotiations for a two-state solution.

Stand By Your Ex-Con

The resident ex-con in the Netanyahu cabinet is once again under investigation for corruption, but the prime minister is standing by his man. 

Aryeh Deri, who went to jail following his 1999 conviction for bribery and fraud as interior minister, was given back old job earlier this year by Benjamin Netanyahu.  And Guess what. 

Paul Ryan Meets Netanyahu In Jerusalem To ‘Reaffirm’ US-Israel Ties

04/05/2016 - 12:01

Jerusalem — House Speaker Paul Ryan led a bipartisan delegation of U.S. congressmen who met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, meeting with a U.S. congressional delegation led by House Speaker Paul Ryan. JTA

Is Bibi's Snub A Payback?

Benjamin Netanyahu became the first Israeli prime minister to reject an invitation from the President of the United States to meet at the White House, and he didn't do it through diplomatic channels but by a leak to reporters.

The move was seen widely in Washington and Jerusalem as a personal expression of contempt for this president and very much in character with this prime minister. It is hard to see what he thinks he would achieve by insulting Israel's most important ally and the leader of the world's only superpower.

What Surprises Await Biden In Israel?

The Israeli government is touting tomorrow's visit by Vice President Joe Biden as an expression of the "strong relations" between the two countries.

This will be Biden's second trip to Israel since 2010 when he was blindsided by the announced of major settlement construction in annexed east Jerusalem at a time when the Obama administration was seeking a settlement freeze and trying to revive the peace process.

Questioning Politicians

Why is Donald Trump afraid to release his tax returns?  He keeps promising to do it and putting it off.  Is it that he didn't pay very much or anything at all?  Mitt Romney thinks "We have good reason to believe there's a bombshell in Donald Trumps taxes." Either he's not anywhere near as wealthy as says he is, or he hasn't been paying the taxes he should or he's not giving level of contributions to vets, the disabled and others he has boasted of, Romney said.

Hondling

In the opening of Fiddler on the Roof, Nahum the beggar asks Lazer the butcher why he was giving only one kopek this week when he gave two last week. Lazer replied that he had a bad week, and the beggar responded, "Just because you had a bad week doesn't mean I should, too."

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