Leaked Netanyahu Tape: We Made Trump Cancel The Iran Deal

On Tuesday an Israeli television channel aired leaked video footage it obtained exclusively showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasting that he had personally convinced President Trump to abandon the Iran nuclear deal. The statements were made at a small dinner event where he addressed senior members of his Likud party. 

The video, aired by Israel's Kan News shows Netanyahu enthusiastically praising his and Likud leadership's efforts, saying “We convinced the US president [to exit the deal] and I had to stand up against the whole world and come out against this agreement." He added, "And we didn't give up." 

Image source: Reuters via YNet News

According to a translation of the prime minister's words by The Times of Israel he further agrees that "the Iranian regime" will "disappear with the help of God" — in the words of one of his supporters, to which Netanyahu adds, "You said it. From your mouth to God."

The Times of Israel presents the rest of the short clip's contents as follows:

The prime minister then begins to speak about the Iranian regime — “not the Iranian people, I have nothing against them” — before he is interrupted by an unidentified person off-screen who says, “It will disappear with the help of God.”

“You said it. From your mouth to God,” Netanyahu says in response as the clip ends.

Netanyahu does not explain in the video aired by Kan how he convinced Trump to exit the deal. Trump had vowed to scrap what he assailed as the “worst deal ever” before becoming president.

The Israeli broadcaster that obtained the footage said it was filmed two weeks ago. 

When early this week the New York Times published the Israeli account of how a daring Mossad operation deep inside Iran netted what are said to be tens of thousands of secret Iranian nuclear documents in an "Ocean's 11"-style heist, we noted the Times story appeared to be a propaganda victory lap of sorts meant to further bolster Israeli intelligence's reputation and far-reaching abilities abroad.

Netanyahu unveiled the stolen cache of about 55,000 pages of documents and 183 CDs in a television address that the said proved the existence of an illegal and ongoing secret program to "test and build nuclear weapons" called Project Amad.

Just days after the colorful and prop-laden Netanyahu presentation, President Trump announced he would follow through on prior threats to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, or JCPOA. Observers noted at the time that Netanyahu's address had a single audience in mind in the person of Donald Trump during the very week the White House was intensely mulling a final decision over whether to finally pull the plug on the JCPOA.

While it appears Netanyahu had his April televised presentation in mind when he says in the clip "I had to stand up against the whole world," there is also little doubt that his personal appeals to Trump on the issue were even more direct and persistent. Other signatories to the deal brokered in 2015 under the Obama administration have vowed to stick by it, which include Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China — even as the White House threatens punitive measures against any country that continues to do business with Iran. 

Earlier this summer it was confirmed that a high level joint US-Israeli "working group" under the oversight of National Security Advisor John Bolton has been meeting for months with the goal of facilitating regime change in Tehran. As Axios reported"Israel and the United States formed a joint working group a few months ago that is focused on internal efforts to encourage protests within Iran and pressure the country's government." So it's very clear that Netanyahu has the White House's ear on Iran (though this is no surprise). 

Meanwhile, Netanyahu has posted to his official Twitter account a clip of Trump saying that Russian President Putin is a "Bibi fan". The statement came in a Fox News interview following the US president’s summit and press conference with Putin.

In the uploaded clip Trump said he and Putin “came to a lot of good conclusions” during the meeting, including “a really good conclusion for Israel, something very strong.” Trump said Putin is “a believer in Israel; he is a fan of Bibi and really helping him a lot – and will help a lot, which is good for all of us.”

Netanyahu posted the interview segment with the commentary in Hebrew: “I will continue to strengthen Israel as a rising global force.”

Likely, Netanyahu will continue his boasting about his personal intervention and impact with the White House both in public and in private, so more such revelatory footage will probably surface in the coming months. 

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Billy the Poet Truther Wed, 07/18/2018 - 18:08 Permalink

Just days after the colorful and prop-laden Netanyahu presentation, President Trump announced he would follow through on prior threats to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, or JCPOA.

 

Bibi convinced him to do what he's been saying he'd do for years. So we learned from a conveniently leaked video. Not everything is staged but this is pure stagecraft.

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Lore besnook Wed, 07/18/2018 - 23:39 Permalink

@besnook: "being israel's bitch is the american way..."

The Washington way, anyway: that does appear to be the growing perception among many watchers, particularly in certain contexts. But let's not confuse matters by mistaking The People for The Swamp.  The interests of the former seem increasingly divergent from the latter.

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SickDollar Billy the Poet Wed, 07/18/2018 - 19:33 Permalink

Murikans are just like Palestinians , they are ruled by Israhel , the only difference is the Palestinians are aware of it and fighting it

Murikans they are asleep trying to attend the Murikan dream that their landlord told them they could achieve if they get in huge debt and work hard like slaves lol plus they send their children to fight for Israhell in the name of democracy

What a fucken joke and a pathetic/idiopathic  life  lol

So who is dumb?

 

 

 

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SocratesSolutions BennyBoy Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:59 Permalink

He's already fucked himself. You can't be a participant in murder without murdering your own soul. And that old Eastern European convert has a history of murder including 911. He's a sick Satanic Jew, like any Jew who actually reads and believes the dogshit Talmud—or even allows such a vile book to exist. 

The Satanic Jews' act will be cleaned up and tossed out for fertilizer in the fields. That's what you do with dogshit. The Talmud, was always, dogshit. It's a book not even fit for burning, for it casts no light—only shitty stink. 

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ShortCommonSense Billy the Poet Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:30 Permalink

Right.  This is kind of silly.  It really sounds like Netanyahoo was just blustering for his political buddies.  Trump, unfortunately, seems all too happy to help him regardless.  He probably didn't even have to ask.  I don't actually think Trump is a full on supporter of Israel, but he seems to either support, or being willing to go along with a lot of things they want.  He doesn't strike me as one of the guys with a hard on for them though.  My guess is, he happens to agree with them on many issues in the middle east, or he's been convincingly told he had better play ball.  Actually, after watching the Helsinki performance, I'm convinced Trump is one of those guys who is actually really smart, but really stupid at the same time.  He is also pretty poor at reading speeches, he does ok when it's a bit less scripted, and does pretty well when it's off the cuff riling up of his base.  His answers to some of the questions went off the rails.  I actually found it hard to watch at times, even though I agree with what Trump was saying. 

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