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Fri Dec 23, 2016, 03:57 PM

33. Salon - Sheldon Adelson runs Israel: Benjamin Netanyahu, GOP

Kudos to President Obama for standing up to the right wing, including the Sheldon Adelson's right wing puppet, Benjamin Netenyahu.

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/17/sheldon_adelson_runs_israel_benjamin_netanyahu_gop_and_the_real_middle_eastern_threat_partner/

In next Tuesday’s election, is Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, hoping to gain the upper hand by showing voters that he can influence U.S. policy – or by taking a hard new line on never giving up the West Bank? The answer to this question says a lot about which way influence really runs between Israel and the United States.

Netanyahu’s spit-at-the-White-House-from-Capitol-Hill speech has led some commentators to criticize him for running on a boast that he can bend at least Republican policymakers in the United States to his will. After all, they point out, he won at least a dozen standing ovations in Netanyahu’s address to Congress.

But Israeli voters have other, very practical, concerns on their mind – such as the affordability of housing and ever-rising income inequality. They are too smart and too cynical to believe the tired old trope that anyone in Israel exercises some kind of special influence over U.S. policy.

Intriguingly, Netanyahu knows that as well as anyone. And that suggests that what he’s really selling in this election is the other big piece of news his latest campaign has generated – his apparent repudiation of a two-state solution for Palestine and a promise to hold on to the West Bank.

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