Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz are to meet US President Donald Trump to finally unveil the ‘deal of the century’ peace plan. No Palestinian representative was invited, and a sovereign state looks unlikely.
“An opportunity like this comes once in history and cannot be missed,” Netanyahu gushed as he accepted Trump’s invitation to the White House on Saturday, praising the American as “the greatest friend that Israel has ever had.” He boasted he would be “leaving for Washington with a sense of great mission, great responsibility and great opportunity – which will not recur – to ensure the future of Israel.”
PM Netanyahu:Today, we have in the White House the greatest friend that we ever had; therefore, we have the greatest opportunity that we have ever had.I am leaving w/ a sense of great mission, of great responsibility and of great opportunity to ensure the future of Israel.” pic.twitter.com/iyvfP89Fch
— Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) January 25, 2020
The latter part of the statement seemed clearly directed at Gantz and the voters Netanyahu has to convince that he is the only one who can secure Israel’s future when he squares off against his rival in an unprecedented third election later this year. Beset by bribery and corruption charges, Netanyahu has repeatedly failed to form a government after the coalition led by his Likud party twice deadlocked with that of Gantz’s Kahol Lavan party. The longest-serving PM in Israeli history has promised to annex the Jordan Valley and taken credit for various pro-Israel moves by the Trump administration, including recognizing Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights – illegal under international law – and moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.
But Gantz was also invited to the unveiling of the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan, suggesting Washington is hedging its bets. He accepted, making sure to remind his rival in a statement issued on Saturday that he did so “as the leader of the largest party in Israel,” and vowed that “the United States can always count on Israel’s partnership.” While “the details of the plan will remain secret for now,” the deal “will go down in history as a meaningful landmark,
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Venezuela Is An Opportunity For Russia And China To Change The World
Paul Craig Roberts
Nothing better illustrates Washington’s opposition to democracy and self-determination than the blatantly public coup Washington has organized against the properly elected president of Venezuela.
Washington has been trying to overthrow the Venezuelan government for years. Washington wants the state owned oil company to be privatized so that it can fall into the hands of US oil companies. That would ensure Washington’s control over Venezuela. Transferring the wealth out of the country would prevent any economic development from inside the country. Every aspect of the economy would end up in the hands of US corporations. The exploitation would be ruthless and brutal.
Venezuelans understand this, which is why Washington, despite wrecking the Venezuelan economy and offering enormous bribes to the Venezuelan military, has not yet been able to turn the people and the troops against Maduro.
Moon of Alabama’s explanation of Washington’s attack on Venezuela gives you a truer picture that differs completely from the lies voiced by the American and European politicians and presstitute media, a collection of whores who are devoid of all integrity and all morality and lie for their living.
I am not as confident as Moon of Alabama that Venezuela’s effort dating back to Chavez to be a sovereign country independent of Washington’s control can survive. Washington is determined to teach all of Latin America that it is pointless to dream of self-determination. Washington simply will not permit it.
Maduro, despite being the duly elected president with the mass of the people and military behind him, apparently lacks the power to arrest the American puppet who, despite the absence of any law or election as a basis, has declared himself to be president, thus creating a Washington-backed “government” as an alternative to the elected one. The inability of Maduro to defend democracy from within is a sign of the weakness of his office. How can Maduro possibly be a dictator when he is helpless in the face of open sedition?
If Russia and China quickly established a military presence in Venezuela to protect their loans and oil investments, Venezuela could be saved, and other countries that would like to be independent would take heart that,
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