Just past sunset in Jerusalem, Netanyahu stood to speak. He was the keynote speaker at a ceremony that marked the start of Yom HaShoah—Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day. The event took place at Yad Vashem. According to its website, Yad Vashem is the "World Center for Holocaust Research, Documentation, Education and Commemoration." For Israelis, the institution and its work are like the nation's soul.
Monday, 13 April 2015 | Less than twenty-four hours after US President Obama lashed out at Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, saying he had not heard an alternative plan to his proposed deal with Iran, Netanyahu (a.k.a., Bibi) gave him one.
Two days ago President Obama held a press conference in Panama City. The topic was his friendly meeting earlier that day with Cuba's communist president, Raúl Castro. But the first question put to the President threw Iran into the conversation.
Wednesday, 8 April 2015 | While US President Barack Obama and his team aggressively work to sell their 'framework agreement' with Iran, the Islamic Republic is announcing plans to aggressively manufacture weapons-grade uranium. It is also asserting that all differences between its understanding of the agreement as compared with the US is proof that American officials are "liars and untrustworthy."
Perhaps counter-intuitively, Netanyahu's philosophical ruminations were at the heart of comments made at Israel's 5th Cybersecurity Conference where he spoke last Tuesday.
Tuesday, 7 April 2015 | Major General Nimron Sheffer, says that vis-à-vis Iran, inasmuch as "Israel feels its existence depends on action, we will take it."
Sheffer is no schnook. He is head of the IDF's Planning Directorate which, for its part, is the central body of the IDF's General Staff. Its primary function, for the IDF and Israel's Ministry of Defense, is strategic planning. When Sheffer speaks, he does so as the ultimate insider to Israel's military doctrine.
Several days ago Sheffer met with Yoav Limor, correspondent for Israel Hayom. Just before Pesach, Limor reported what Sheffer had to say.
Monday, 06 April 2015 | The ‘Obama Doctrine,’ says Thomas L. Friedman, is to engage America's enemies in lieu of sanctions and isolation. It is a doctrine President Barack Hussein Obama has consistently pursued with countries like Cuba and Burma. And now, Iran. According to Obama, his doctrine is that the US "will engage, but we preserve all our capabilities."
Two days ago, Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for the New York Times, met with Obama in the White House. For forty-five minutes, Friedman asked questions about Obama's 'framework' agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program. The Times subsequently released a video of the interview along with Friedman's written report published yesterday.
In the aftermath of Russia's sudden establishment of a military presence in Syria, Netanyahu quickly arranged a trip to Moscow. Signaling his country's keen concern, Netanyahu brought along top military advisers. "I asked IDF [Israel Defense Forces] Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, General Commanding Officer of Intelligence, and of course my Military Secretary, to join me in order to clarify things," Netanyahu said after a three hour meeting with Putin.
Thursday, 26 March 2015 | Late yesterday Israel's President Rivlin formally received the final count of votes from election day in Israel on Tuesday, 17 March. Afterward, he declared that his choice for building a coalition government was Benjamin Netanyahu. It was a declaration that included a solemn admonition to Israel's once and future Prime Minister.