Israel alliance has become 'even stronger,' Netanyahu tells Cabinet

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting with US President Donald Trump was overshadowed by dramatic and unsettling events that preceded and followed their perfectly weird press conference.

"I told Netanyahu "let's go together, the country's two big historic parties, to a tiebreaking move" and he blinked and ran away", Herzog told Israel's Channel 10 TV Sunday night, saying such a union "would have changed the face of the Middle East". For decades, intelligence analysts have regarded Israel's Unit 8200 as one of the most elite in the world.

The government would have to come up with some other solution, he reportedly told them at the closed meeting, about which information had been leaked to the press.

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations no longer protest the US-Israeli relationship as they did in the 1970s with the oil embargo, as the US now has many sources of oil and the price of crude oil has plummeted. Then in 1947 [and] after the [1967] Six-Day War, Israel explored the possibilities of creating a Palestinian state.

"We are old friends, Singapore and Israel", he stated.

The letter said his government's policies "build understandable resentment, anger and desperation amongst Palestinians" and called on the Turnbull government to "rethink its one-sided support" for Netanyahu.

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Trump affirmed that the United States would work "very, very diligently" on a "great peace deal" - with his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is Jewish, expected to lead the American effort.

After this shameless exercise in "log-rolling", the two settled down to presenting their views of the future of peace in the region - a discussion that included equal doses of hallucination, fantasy and anti-Palestinian incitement. However, he said it was not clear if the Arab states would have gone along with it either.

Such a measure is being considered despite critics pointing out that moving the embassy, in all likelihood would inflame Arab opinion and make it hard for the USA to ever broker a peaceful accord between Israel and the Palestinians in future.

The state visit to Bangladesh by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has underlined once again the firm commitment of our country for the people of Palestine and for Palestine achieving sovereign statehood. The alternative, now widely recognised, is that Israel will become an apartheid state privileging Jewish citizens over Arabs and with the West Bank sub-divided in an effective colonisation of the area.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, also at the Munich conference, said he supported the creation of a Palestinian state.

"I thought for a while the two state looked like it might be the easier of the two but honestly if Bibi, and if the Palestinians, if the Israelis and the Palestinians are happy, I am happy with the one they like the best." .

  • Lawrence Cooper