BENJAMIN NETAYANHU SPEECH PLANNED TO US CONGRESS

BIBI : PRIME MINISTER, ROGUE OR RATIONAL?
The nick-name “’ BIBI’’ is used by the American press for the prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netyanhu, who is shortly planning a visit to the United States. This would be two weeks before general elections in Israel. Apparently this is against U.S. Policy to entertain a visiting head of State prior to elections in that country, simply be-cause it may seem to appear that support is being garnered.
Bibi’s request was made to the Leader of the opposition John Boehmer, who approved the visit. I believe this action is out of order; how can a country invite another head of state, without the leader of the country’’s permission? Many arrangements have to be made, security, entertainment, military matters, and other political negotiations.
At this time clearly this meeting is important to BiBi, because the P.M.’s political position in Israel is weak, and there are constant complaints against his leadership. Many persons believe his time has come to an end, because all that has occurred in his term is more death and violence, with no improvement in peace processes. So BiBi needs support for his actions for the election campaign, and also with negotiations with Iran over Nuclear weapons development.
The U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice remarked that BiBi’’s actions in coming to the USA without a formal invitation from the US Government in power, has harmed the US in that it has hurt the fabric of US/Middle East relationships.

Since Netanyahu did not arrange his visit through the White House, Obama said that he will not meet with him, and Vice President Biden has made plans to travel abroad. Then other senators have commented;
“This puts Democrats in a position where they have to choose between their support for Israel and their Democratic president — and do it in a very visible way,” said Martin Indyk, a vice president at the Brookings Institution and a former U.S. ambassador to Israel.
“There is no reason to schedule this speech before Israeli voters go to the polls on March 17 and choose their own leadership,” Kane said in a statement Wednesday. “I am disappointed that, as of now, the speech has not been postponed. For this reason, I will not attend the speech.”
According to an unofficial estimate by one Senate Democrat, about 30 members of that caucus are expected to attend the speech and nearly 15 others are still deciding whether to boycott One such Democrat is Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a freshman who serves on the Foreign Relations Committee.
“It’s really offensive, but I think it’s a protocol breach, not a policy break,” he said. Generally an ally of Israel, Murphy said his biggest concern was the spectacle occurring so close to the Israeli elections. “I don’t want to be part of a campaign speech,” he said. “It makes the whole thing look more politics-based.”
Leaked details of Iran US Nuclear talks have made many more Senators interested in what Netyanhu has to say: How to get there is what separates them.” Foxman initially called Netanyahu’s speech “ill-advised” but now says he will attend.
Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), one of Obama’s strongest allies on the Hill, plans to attend Netanyahu’s speech. “I’m interested in what the prime minister is going to say,” Reed said. “I think it’s already been made an unnecessarily complicated political issue, but there is still this need to learn as much as we can about the situation.”
Yet there is still troublesome advice from the MOSSAD which is Israel’s secret service. Israel’s Mossad spy agency in October 2012 had a less alarmist view of Iran’s nuclear program than an assessment delivered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations just a few weeks earlier, according to a purported secret cable published Monday by two media outlets.
But in the document published Monday by The Guardian and Al-Jazeera, the Mossad is quoted as saying “Iran at this stage is not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons.”
The news organizations said the document was an assessment shared with South African intelligence, part of a trove of leaked spy cables sent by several different intelligence agencies, including the CIA and Russian intelligence.
The British newspaper said the documents detail an attempt by the CIA to establish contact with the Islamic militant group Hamas, South Korean intelligence targeting the leader of Greenpeace, and South Africa spying on Russia over a joint satellite. The paper said it had “independently authenticated” the cache.
So we now have to ask is BiBi correct to make the address to the US Congress, when it appears that speech is likely to be a “fraud?”
(779 words)
27/02/2015
©Ramesh Sujanani

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