Did Benjamin Netanyahu Just Panic?

Authored by Alistair Crooke via ConsortiumNews.com,

Is Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu pushing the panic button over the collapse of the Saudi-Israeli jihadist proxies in Syria and now threatening to launch a major air war...

A very senior Israeli intelligence delegation, a week ago, visited Washington. Then, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broke into President Putin’s summer holiday to meet him in Sochi, where, according to a senior Israeli government official (as cited in the Jerusalem Post), Netanyahu threatened to bomb the Presidential Palace in Damascus, and to disrupt and nullify the Astana cease-fire process, should Iran continue to “extend its reach in Syria.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on March 3, 2015, in opposition to President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran. (Screen shot from CNN broadcast)

Russia’s Pravda wrote, “according to eyewitnesses of the open part of the talks, the Israeli prime minister was too emotional and at times even close to panic. He described a picture of the apocalypse to the Russian president that the world may see, if no efforts are taken to contain Iran, which, as Netanyahu believes, is determined to destroy Israel.

So, what is going on here? Whether or not Pravda’s quote is fully accurate (though the description was confirmed by senior Israeli commentators), what is absolutely clear (from Israeli sources) is that both in Washington and at Sochi, the Israeli officials were heard out, but got nothing. Israel stands alone. Indeed, it is reported that Netanyahu was seeking “guarantees” about the future Iranian role in Syria, rather than “asking for the moon” of an Iranian exit. But how could Washington or Moscow realistically give Israel such guarantees?

Belatedly, Israel has understood that it backed the wrong side in Syria – and it has lost. It is not really in a position to demand anything. It will not get an American enforced buffer zone beyond the Golan armistice line, nor will the Iraqi-Syrian border be closed, or somehow “supervised” on Israel’s behalf.

Of course, the Syrian aspect is important, but to focus only on that, would be to “miss the forest for the trees.” The 2006 war by Israel to destroy Hizbullah (egged on by the U.S., Saudi Arabia – and even a few Lebanese) was a failure. Symbolically, for the first time in the Middle East, a technologically sophisticated, and lavishly armed, Western nation-state simply failed. What made the failure all the more striking (and painful) was that a Western state was not just bested militarily, it had lost also the electronic and human intelligence war, too — both spheres in which the West thought their primacy unassailable.

The Fallout from Failure

Israel’s unexpected failure was deeply feared in the West, and in the Gulf too. A small, armed (revolutionary) movement had stood up to Israel – against overwhelming odds – and prevailed: it had stood its ground. This precedent was widely perceived to be a potential regional “game changer.” The feudal Gulf autocracies sensed in Hizbullah’s achievement the latent danger to their own rule from such armed resistance.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The reaction was immediate. Hizbullah was quarantined — as best the full sanctioning powers of America could manage. And the war in Syria started to be mooted as the “corrective strategy” to the 2006 failure (as early as 2007) — though it was only with the events following 2011 that the “corrective strategy” came to implemented, à outrance.

Against Hizbullah, Israel had thrown its full military force (though Israelis always say, now, that they could have done more). And against Syria, the U.S., Europe, the Gulf States (and Israel in the background) have thrown the kitchen sink: jihadists, al-Qaeda, ISIS (yes), weapons, bribes, sanctions and the most overwhelming information war yet witnessed. Yet Syria – with indisputable help from its allies – seems about to prevail: it has stood its ground, against almost unbelievable odds.

Just to be clear: if 2006 marked a key point of inflection, Syria’s “standing its ground” represents a historic turning of much greater magnitude. It should be understood that Saudi Arabia’s (and Britain’s and America’s) tool of fired-up, radical Sunnism has been routed. And with it, the Gulf States, but particularly Saudi Arabia are damaged. The latter has relied on the force of Wahabbism since the first foundation of the kingdom: but Wahabbism in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq has been roundly defeated and discredited (even for most Sunni Muslims). It may well be defeated in Yemen too. This defeat will change the face of Sunni Islam.

Already, we see the Gulf Cooperation Council, which originally was founded in 1981 by six Gulf tribal leaders for the sole purpose of preserving their hereditary tribal rule in the Peninsula, now warring with each other, in what is likely to be a protracted and bitter internal fight. The “Arab system,” the prolongation of the old Ottoman structures by the complaisant post-World War I victors, Britain and France, seems to be out of its 2013 “remission” (bolstered by the coup in Egypt), and to have resumed its long-term decline.

The Losing Side

Netayahu’s “near panic” (if that is indeed what occurred) may well be a reflection of this seismic shift taking place in the region. Israel has long backed the losing side – and now finds itself “alone” and fearing for its near proxies (the Jordanians and the Kurds). The “new” corrective strategy from Tel Aviv, it appears, is to focus on winning Iraq away from Iran, and embedding it into the Israel-U.S.-Saudi alliance.

President Donald Trump touches lighted globe with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi King Salman and Donald Trump at the opening of Saudi Arabia’s Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology on May 21, 2017. (Photo from Saudi TV)

If so, Israel and Saudi Arabia are probably too late into the game, and are likely underestimating the visceral hatred engendered among so many Iraqis of all segments of society for the murderous actions of ISIS. Not many believe the improbable (Western) narrative that ISIS suddenly emerged armed, and fully financed, as a result of former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s alleged “sectarianism”: No, as rule-of-thumb, behind each such well-breached movement – stands a state.

Daniel Levy has written a compelling piece to argue that Israelis generally would not subscribe to what I have written above, but rather: “Netanyahu’s lengthy term in office, multiple electoral successes, and ability to hold together a governing coalition … [is based on] him having a message that resonates with a broader public. It is a sales pitch that Netanyahu … [has] ‘brought the state of Israel to the best situation in its history, a rising global force … the state of Israel is diplomatically flourishing.’ Netanyahu had beaten back what he had called the ‘fake-news claim’ that without a deal with the Palestinians ‘Israel will be isolated, weakened and abandoned’ facing a ‘diplomatic tsunami.’

“Difficult though it is for his political detractors to acknowledge, Netanyahu’s claim resonates with the public because it reflects something that is real, and that has shifted the center of gravity of Israeli politics further and further to the right. It is a claim that, if correct and replicable over time, will leave a legacy that lasts well beyond Netanyahu’s premiership and any indictment he might face.

“Netanyahu’s assertion is that he is not merely buying time in Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians to improve the terms of an eventual and inevitable compromise. Netanyahu is laying claim to something different — the possibility of ultimate victory, the permanent and definitive defeat of the Palestinians, their national and collective goals.

“In over a decade as prime minister, Netanyahu has consistently and unequivocally rejected any plans or practical steps that even begin to address Palestinian aspirations. Netanyahu is all about perpetuating and exacerbating the conflict, not about managing it, let alone resolving it…[The] message is clear: there will be no Palestinian state because the West Bank and East Jerusalem are simply Greater Israel.”

No Palestinian State

Levy continues: “The approach overturns assumptions that have guided peace efforts and American policy for over a quarter of a century: that Israel has no alternative to an eventual territorial withdrawal and acceptance of something sufficiently resembling an independent sovereign Palestinian state broadly along the 1967 lines. It challenges the presumption that the permanent denial of such an outcome is incompatible with how Israel and Israelis perceive themselves as being a democracy. Additionally, it challenges the peace-effort supposition that this denial would in any way be unacceptable to the key allies on which Israel depends…

The Palestinian flag is waved as relief ships arrive in Gaza in August 2008.

“In more traditional bastions of support for Israel, Netanyahu took a calculated gamble — would enough American Jewish support continue to stand with an increasingly illiberal and ethno-nationalist Israel, thereby facilitating the perpetuation of the lopsided U.S.-Israel relationship? Netanyahu bet yes, and he was right.”

And here is another interesting point that Levy makes:

“And then events took a further turn in Netanyahu’s favor with the rise to power in the United States and parts of Central Eastern Europe (and to enhanced prominence elsewhere in Europe and the West) of the very ethno-nationalist trend to which Netanyahu is so committed, working to replace liberal with illiberal democracy. One should not underestimate Israel and Netanyahu’s importance as an ideological and practical avant-garde for this trend.”

Former U.S. Ambassador and respected political analyst Chas Freeman wrote recently very bluntly: “the central objective of U.S. policy in the Middle East has long been to achieve regional acceptance for the Jewish-settler state in Palestine.” Or, in other words, for Washington, its Middle East policy – and all its actions – have been determined by “to be, or not to be”: “To be” (that is) – with Israel, or not “to be” (with Israel).

Israel’s Lost Ground

The key point now is that the region has just made a seismic shift into the “not to be” camp. Is there much that America can do about that? Israel very much is alone with only a weakened Saudi Arabia at its side, and there are clear limits to what Saudi Arabia can do.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi.

The U.S. calling on Arab states to engage more with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi seems somehow inadequate. Iran is not looking for war with Israel (as a number of Israeli analysts have acknowledged); but, too, the Syrian President has made clear that his government intends to recover “all Syria” – and all Syria includes the occupied Golan Heights. And this week, Hassan Nasrallah called on the Lebanese government “to devise a plan and take a sovereign decision to liberate the Shebaa Farms and the Kfarshouba Hills” from Israel.

A number Israeli commentators already are saying that the “writing is on the wall” – and that it would be better for Israel to cede territory unilaterally, rather than risk the loss of hundreds of lives of Israeli servicemen in a futile attempt to retain it. That, though, seems hardly congruent with the Israeli Prime Minister’s “not an inch, will we yield” character and recent statements.

Will ethno-nationalism provide Israel with a new support base? Well, firstly, I do not see Israel’s doctrine as “illiberal democracy,” but rather an apartheid system intended to subordinate Palestinian political rights. And as the political schism in the West widens, with one “wing” seeking to delegitimize the other by tarnishing them as racists, bigots and Nazis, it is clear that the real America First-ers will try, at any price, to distance themselves from the extremists.

Daniel Levy points out that the Alt-Right leader, Richard Spencer, depicts his movement as White Zionism. Is this really likely to build support for Israel? How long before the “globalists” use precisely Netanyahu’s “illiberal democracy” meme to taunt the U.S. Right that this is precisely the kind of society for which they too aim: with Mexicans and black Americans treated like Palestinians?

‘Ethnic Nationalism’

The increasingly “not to be” constituency of the Middle East has a simpler word for Netanyahu’s “ethnic nationalism.” They call it simply Western colonialism.

Round one of Chas Freeman’s making the Middle East “be with Israel” consisted of the shock-and-awe assault on Iraq. Iraq is now allied with Iran, and the Hashad militia (PMU) are becoming a widely mobilized fighting force.

The second stage was 2006. Today, Hizbullah is a regional force, and not a just Lebanese one.

Far-right militia members demonstrating outside Ukrainian parliament in Kiev. (Screen shot from RT video via YouTube video)

The third strike was at Syria. Today, Syria is allied with Russia, Iran, Hizbullah and Iraq. What will comprise the next round in the “to be, or not to be” war?

For all Netanyahu’s bluster about Israel standing stronger, and having beaten back “what he had called the ‘fake-news claim’ that without a deal with the Palestinians ‘Israel will be isolated, weakened and abandoned’ facing a ‘diplomatic tsunami,’” Netanyahu may have just discovered, in these last two weeks, that he confused facing down the weakened Palestinians with “victory” — only at the very moment of his apparent triumph, to find himself alone in a new, “New Middle East.”

Perhaps Pravda was right, and Netanyahu did appear close to panic, during his hurriedly arranged, and urgently called, Sochi summit.


Swampster (not verified) Sep 7, 2017 7:59 AM Permalink

When Nutty-Yajoo attacks his neighbors, ALL FREEDOM LOVING PEOPLE SHOULD ICE A DOZEN JUICE....

just the tip Sep 7, 2017 7:52 AM Permalink

as an aside, throughout this entire kerfuffle, every article written concludes that syria is now sided with russia.jebus cripes, syria has been an ally of russia going back to black september days, and even before. 

historian40 Sep 7, 2017 7:19 AM Permalink

America will continue to decline until destroyed as long as she has a "special relationahip" with the antichrist state of false "Israel".  Those enemies of God were cursed and their house left desolate, and no wonder throughout history where they moved to, they left chaos and desolation of society and lives.

africoman Sep 7, 2017 7:48 AM Permalink

The massive victory of Syria <<< thanks to true allies>>>against the West backed terrorist and da middle finger(shhh I$raHell), kind of put bibi nutty yawn hold his pant situation for now.However evil genius as they are will come up with new destabilization front, so the effort should be closing any gap by Syrian sides, Iraqis, and Lebanos; there kicking out all head choppers as well as avoiding partitioning of Syria w/c a bad- bad omen for they suffered so far to let it happen.

The Ram Sep 7, 2017 6:59 AM Permalink

Israel biggest bet was that the US state would be their forever 'big brother' and 'protector'.  The problem is that the US is in serious decline and rapidly facing a much more multi-polar world.  While Israel still has considerable soft power through the banking cartel, they are facing a world where playing the 'domestic Jewish' card will not help.  Certainly, Israel faces a much different domestic political situation in upcoming states like China, Russia, Iran, etc.  This is a country that needs to rethink its position less they get caught in a rapidly changing middle east.

besnook Sep 7, 2017 5:55 AM Permalink

israel is russia's bitch now. putin will treat them the way they deserve to be treated but i fear a lot of good young americans will pay for it with blood because of the influence of 5th column israeli jews in the usa.

Robert Trip Sep 7, 2017 5:43 AM Permalink

The Home Base of the Shylock's worldwide will be nothing more than a pile of ashes in a few months with Bibi wailing and screaming like the war crimes killer he is as the the bombs and missiles strike.Bye assholes and good riddance.The world will overnight be a much nicer and safer place.

Wahooo Sep 7, 2017 4:49 AM Permalink

Happy to see the Saudi-Jew World Order on its heels. I hope it completely loses its balance and falls to its death. Amazing that America's two top allies in the WORLD are terrorist nations. SMH tragically.

Meyer Bauer Wahooo Sep 7, 2017 7:05 AM Permalink

The USA is the easily the world's number 1 terrorist entity - no other countries except Israel, SA and distantly the UK are even close to USA culpability and danger posed to the world, We're just really fucking good at well, terrorizing the entire world and have been for the past 100 years.

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Kendle C Fireman Sep 7, 2017 2:04 PM Permalink

You are aware that Lord Rothschild owns the oil fields in Golan, and Dick (that dick) Cheney's company is contracted to develop the fields. An attempt to take back the Heights is guaranteed to ignite Armageddon. The valley of Meggido is one day's mechanised march to the west. Perhaps this is the plan?

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WTFUD Sep 7, 2017 4:30 AM Permalink

There are few more worthy than Netanyahu to receive a kalashnikov up the crack pipe. The man's(?) a War Criminal, plain and simple. May he get what's coming to him and more.

dogismycopilot Sep 7, 2017 4:28 AM Permalink

This sounds like tin, but it isn't. You can verify this all:Is There Really More Oil in The Golan Heights than in Saudi Arabia? Who’s Genie Energy? ANSWER: Yes. This is one of the best kept secrets. You can imagine that if this went into production, then the disputed Syrian land issue occupied by Israel would come to the forefront. This is why it gets no play but this is one reason Obama was working to overthrow the Syrian government. They would not have political people on the Strategic Advisory Board if they did not need political strings pulled.Politically, you have the Pipe Line from Qatar being one major issue that was to compete with Russia in selling gas to Europe, which is why Putin is involved. He is not involved in Egypt, Israel, or even Afghanistan. This is the reason why Putin has an interest in Syria and the mainstream media of course championed Obama claiming he was defending children. Then we have Genie Oil and strategic oil reserves within occupied Syria. Just look at the people who are are heavy hitters on the Strategic Advisory Board of Genie OilNot bad for a company nobody has heard of and the glaring issue is why do you need heavy hitters like this just to pump oil? Location! Location! Location! The mainstream media is not going to report on this issue. They even have Rupert Murdoch on their Strategic Advisory Board. This is hush hush in the mainstream media.R. James WoolseyJacob Rothschild, OM, GBE Richard (Dick) Cheney https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/middle_east/is-th…  

Maestro Maestro Sep 7, 2017 4:19 AM Permalink

All you Putin's cock suckers,

How many times did you scream in protest that NOW the S-400s are in place and that the Russians from now on will protect Syria from Israel and America?


smacker Sep 7, 2017 3:58 AM Permalink

Article: "[...] the Syrian President has made clear that his government intends to recover "all Syria" – and (((all Syria includes the occupied Golan Heights))). And this week, Hassan Nasrallah called on the Lebanese government "to devise a plan and take a sovereign decision to liberate the Shebaa Farms and the Kfarshouba Hills" from Israel."As I commented a day or so ago, the war on Syria is being won by Assad with a lot of help from Russia (and Iran and Hezbollah). It's inconceivable that once they have mopped up the various US-Saudi (and Israeli) sponsored terrorist gangs like ISIS, they will turn their attention to the Golan Heights to reclaim that from Israel.If the Russians go along with that as expected (because Putin has little time for Israel and doesn't take kindly to Netanyahu meeting him in Sochi to "lay down the law"), it'll be interesting to see how they remove Israel from the Golan. Perhaps a no-fly zone will be imposed and supported by those nice Russian S-400 missiles to shoot down Israeli planes trying to carry out bombing raids on the likes of Damascus. This could shape up to be another full out war now that Israel's hidden involvement in the Syrian war has failed.As this article alludes, Israel is now finding itself in a predicament of its own making and its Greater Israel plan is coming under severe pressure. Netanyahu is heading for the trash can.

ThankUGartman Sep 7, 2017 3:49 AM Permalink

I remember working as a young lad near the Joo area of LA loading boxes into my truck at this business. The joo's son tried to give me a hand but his dad grabbed him by the shoulder and held him back. He was wearing his little Kipa otherwise I wouldn't have known he was a Hebe. I didn't realize it then but he was teaching his son to let the goy work. We got rich off his labor son. I figured he was just an a-hole so in a way I guess I was half right.
Same at the Jewish Defamation League where I picked up. Talk about security. I always figured they were God fearing Christians why would anyone hate them? Oh they really worship Lucifer I found out later. Howard Rosenthal where art thou now??

Did you know Trump and Netanyahu were both born on an eclipse day. Now you do.

dogismycopilot Sep 7, 2017 3:33 AM Permalink

Many Americans mistakenly believe that "Israel" the country is the same Israel the region from the bible. Israel the country is as as fucking crazy as North Korea.That we give the Israelis so much money and material is unfucking believable. Protip: if you travel to Jerusalem, stay away from the guys in the black hats and piglet tail curls!MAGA = MAKE ANTICHRISTS GREAT AGAIN

Freddie dogismycopilot Sep 7, 2017 4:02 AM Permalink

There is one thing for certain with me - I have great admiration for Pres. Assad, the Syrian military, Syrian people and their allies who fought to protect Syria.  They stood up to the demonic NWO/ZWO.,Kudos to Ziad Fadel of Syrian Perspective, a Christian Syrian-America.  Also Strian girl who lives in Australia plus others who got the word out on the genocide that was going on against Syria. 

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otschelnik Sep 7, 2017 3:32 AM Permalink

A new era is upon us, the return to great power politics.  Russia's back in the game along with Iran in the middle east.  Its time time T.Rex cleaned out all the neocons in the State Dept., take our lumps and play by the new rules.  

NuYawkFrankie Sep 7, 2017 5:25 AM Permalink

The NuttyYahoo Trifecta ---> 1st Global Outlaw, 2nd Global Thug, 3rd Global Terrorist

This Trifecta pays 666 Shekels.

NuttyYahoo's "stable" is also slated to figure "prominently" in the upcoming "False-Flag For WW3" Stakes

Stay tuned - or just wait for that big "flash" on the horizon - for "The Off"