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The Biography of Benjamin Netanyahu

by Barry Chamish

In 1976, the loss of his brother Yoni during the Entebbe raid derailed Binyamin’s plans to become an architect. Instead he settled for an MA in business administration and took a post at the Boston Consulting Group. His boss was Ira Magaziner, the man who later became the intellectual force behind the Clinton administration’s failed health-care reform package.

Already earning $100,000, and with a splendid career ahead of him, Netanyahu decided to give it all up and return to Israel to act as the marketing manager of a furniture concern, RIM Furniture, for a fraction of his Boston salary.
In 1979, Netanyahu organized an anti-terrorism conference in Jerusalem, dedicating it to his fallen brother. Somehow the unknown twenty-seven-year-old managed to attract the likes of CIA Director George Bush, Council On Foreign Relations (CFR) executive George Shultz, and Richard Perle (President’s Reagan’s chief arms negotiator) to the meeting, thrusting him briefly onto the world stage. But when the conference ended, it was back to
work at the furniture factory.

That all changed in 1982, when Israel’s Washington ambassador, Moshe Arens, appointed Netanyahu to be his deputy. This unprecedented career rise was the subject of much speculation. Arens was forced to explain, “People got a good laugh when they heard I phoned a furniture factory to find a deputy. What sold me on Bibi was his organization of the anti-terror conference, and the strong impression he made on the American leaders who participated.”

In the 2001 CFR annual report, Moshe Arens was listed as a member of the CFR’s Foreign Advisory Committee, followed in alphabetical order by the PLO’s Hanan Ashrawi. Arens admitted that Bush, Shultz, and Perle had pressed him to advance Netanyahu’s career and he fell in line.

In 1984, after two visibly successful years as Arens’ deputy, Bibi was named Israel’s ambassador to the UN. In another of those ironies that seem to follow him, he was appointed to the post by Shimon Peres over the objections of Yitzhak Shamir. It was the leader of the Labour Party who promoted Bibi’s early career.

And what a wise investment that turned out to be. Since Netanyahu has become Prime Minister, no matter how badly Labour has been mauled in the polls, the leader of the Likud—or its offspring Kadima—has always given the leader of Labour a vital cabinet Post. Ehud Barak is now Defence Minister even though Labour only won 8% of the vote. Sharon made Shimon Peres his Foreign Minister, while Ehud Olmert appointed the incompetent Amir Peretz as his
Defence Minister.

In 1985, Shultz chaired another anti-terror convention in Washington, which was supposedly organized by Netanyahu. Further,whenever George Bush visited New York—which was often—he would call on UN Ambassador Netanyahu.

Having groomed and financed Netanyahu into office, the CFR made certain his tenure as head of the opposition did not endanger the Oslo process. Though Netanyahu had the goods on enough scandals to fell Labor (e.g., Peres’ organization of the Rabin assassination), he was a remarkably restrained opposition leader. In September 1995, PM Rabin told what he thought was a funny story on Israel Television One. It seems his CFR handler, Henry Kissinger, phoned him to relate that Netanyahu had called to ask him to declare that American troops not be stationed on the Golan Heights as part of a peace deal with Syria. Whom Kissinger was supposed to relay this request to was not revealed. Kissinger, according to Rabin, laughed at Bibi and told him to quit bothering him. The next day Netanyahu confirmed this phone call but denied Rabin’s mocking version of it.

The moral of the story is that the leaders of both the government and the opposition got their orders from the same CFR officer. When most Israelis vote, they actually believe it is a personal lesson in democracy. They don’t even consider that the timing of the election and the primary candidates for office, Left and Right, are run out of the New York office of the CFR.

Early in 2001, Binyamin Netanyahu was in the midst of a lucrative speaking tour when he shared a private meeting with George Shultz and Henry Kissinger. In Netanyahu’s own words, Shultz and Kissinger told him it was time for elections in Israel. In fact, it wasn’t. Elections weren’t scheduled for another two years. Nonetheless, Netanyahu interrupted his tour, caught the first plane back to Israel, had a few words with Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and caught the next plane back to New York. Two days later Barak resigned as Prime Minister and called for new elections in which he would remain a candidate. It made no sense to Israelis, who were unaware that they had no power over their electoral system; that was controlled from New York.

Elections are timed so as to changes  to Israeli policy quickly, while the new Prime Minister is immune to public revolt. In 1992, Rabin entered the Oslo process immediately after his election. In 1996, Netanyahu unilaterally pulled out of Hebron within days of forming a government. In 1999, new PM Ehud Barak quickly ordered IDF troops out of Southern Lebanon, leaving our mostly Christian ally, the South Lebanese Army, defenseless against retaliation. In 2001, a Right Winger would have to replace Barak to get Israel out of Gaza and Northern Samaria. Ariel Sharon was the man for the job.

But wait, you may say! Wasn’t Sharon ruined when he ordered Falangist troops into their famed massacre at Sabra and Shatilla in 1982? Not at all. Once you have the CFR on your side, nothing will ever ruin your political career. Even Rabin’s murderer Shimon Peres survived all indignities to become Netanyahu’s President. But all is fair since, after all, Netanyahu got his job by blackmailing Peres over the Rabin murder in 1996. (Scroll to the end for proof).

Will Israelis ever wake up and understand that they don’t live in a democracy? Will they finally realize that the current PM Binyamin Netanyahu is not working in their interests, but that electing someone else will change nothing? Or that no common citizen can ever become Prime Minister. For that honor, you are chosen, financed, and aided from the Manhattan headquarters of the CFR, or you go on selling fish in the market.

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Thanks for the information.Ordinary people can not read it, this site is exceptional and is visited by not very ordinary people. Our society is not a democratic one. No everyone has right to say his truth. may be democrasy is a new dream in a row?

ida Rehovot.Israel 21 August 2010

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