Benyamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of “Israel”, the occupier of Palestine, may lose the election on September 17th. He is the longest-serving prime minister in the history of the occupation; however, he is facing possible defeat even though he is the best friend of Pres. Trump, who enjoys a 70% approval rating in “Israel”. Netanyahu is facing 3 serious corruption charges in a hearing set for October. Some analysts predict he will lose the election, lose his case, and go to jail. To win the election, Netanyahu has billboards all over “Israel” showing himself and Trump shoulder to shoulder.
Netanyahu’s election strategy is to demonstrate that security is his main goal for the voters. In the past, cracking down on Palestinian resistance groups in the West Bank and Gaza would have been enough; however, his new focus is on Iran. He has consistently portrayed Iran as the enemy and has influenced U.S. officials into a similar perception. Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal was influenced by Netanyahu.
On July 19th, “Israel” attacked targets in Iraq, which killed Iraqis and damaged military property. The Iraqi government in Baghdad complained to the U.S., and this attack seemed unusual given the fact that Iraq is an ally of the U.S. and houses thousands of U.S. military on its soil while fighting terrorism together. “Israel” could have killed American troops in their attack on the Iraqi military; however, we have heard no warnings to “Israel”, or outrage from the Pentagon. For some time Iraq has been undecided as to whether they would identify nationally with the resistance movement. The attack in July may have pushed them to take a stance.
Saturday, “Israel” stepped up the attacks with one in Damascus, hitting a residential building that killed 2 Lebanese citizens. Hours later on Sunday, “Israel” attacked Beirut with 2 drones, one of which was a 2-meter long military drone which destroyed and damaged offices and homes, and another C-4 laden military drone which did not explode but was captured intact. Hezbollah was the target of both attacks. Monday, “Israel” attacked a Palestinian resistance group in Lebanon east of Zahle. Yesterday, another 2 drones from “Israel” were fired upon at the Lebanese border. Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Monday that Lebanon had a right to defend itself against attacks.