Skip to comments.Obama's lost senate seat is a victory for Netanyahu (NEW PICTURES!)
Posted on 01/20/2010 8:50:54 AM PST by Cinnamon Girl
The Republican upset in the race for the U.S. Senate seat held for nearly half a century by liberal Edward M. Kennedy reflects a huge victory for opponents of U.S. President Barack Obama - and also for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Scott Brown defeated once-favored Martha Coakley for the Massachusetts seat even after U.S. President Barack Obama rushed to Boston on Sunday to try to save her candidacy.
Over the past nine months, Netanyahu has managed to curb pressure from Obama, who enjoys a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress. Now, however, Obama will be more dependent on the support of his Republican rivals, the supporters and friends of Netanyahu.
No Israeli politician matches his steps to the political goings-on in the U.S. as much as Netanyahu. He dragged out negotiations over the settlement freeze and then decided it would last for 10 months and end in September - just in time for U.S. Congressional elections in which Democrats are expected to suffer heavy losses.
Netanyahu understood he must withstand the pressure until his right-wing supporters recapture a position of power on Capitol Hill and work to rein in the White House's political activities. The election in Massachusetts, one of the most liberal states in America, will from this moment on be a burden for Obama.
Proponents of the peace process will view this as a missed opportunity for Obama, who spent his first year in office on fruitless diplomatic moves that failed to restart talks between Israel and the Palestinians. From now on, it will be harder for Obama. Congressional support is essential to the political process and in the current political atmosphere in the U.S. - in which the parties are especially polarized - Netanyahu can rely on Republican support to thwart pressure on Israel.
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Angel Gurria, left, Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD, and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speak to the press after their meeting in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010. Gurria is visiting Israel to hold a series of meetings with its leaders ahead of OECD's decision whether to accept Israel as a member.
BERLIN - JANUARY 18: In this handout image supplied by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a press conference following talks at the Chancellery on January 18, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. Netanyahu called for immediate international sanctions to be placed on Iran. Netanyahu and his delegation are in Berlin for a round of German-Israeli government consultations.
Does Bibi ever smile like this with Ozero or Mitchell?
There is something kind of amazing about how true it is to call last night's victory "the Scott heard 'round the world."
I love Bibi. He rocks.
If only America had a leader like him....(sigh).....
BERLIN - JANUARY 18: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the underground Holocaust Memorial museum on January 18, 2010 in Berlin, Germany.
BERLIN - JANUARY 18: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) presents a prayer in Hebrew written by a Holocaust survivor to the Holocaust Memorial museum as German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on on January 18, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. Netanyahu and his delegation are in Berlin for a round of German-Israeli government consultations.
Scott Brown's election didn't just effect Massachusetts, or just the U.S. It really has consequences and repercussions around the world.
This Goyum LOVES Bibi!!!!!!
An aside: Angela has certainly aged in the last six years.
Sigh .... *thud*.
What in the world Chancellor Merkal doing squeeze Bibi arm what in the world is that ROFL
What in the world Chancellor Merkal doing squeeze Bibi arm what in the world is that ROFL
I believe a German paper caught her ample buttocks at some resort..
Looks like she’s checking his guns.
Maybe a majority of Jews will vote Republican in November? Naw....
There's more love for the USA in this picture than there is in Obzo's entire Cabinet.
He's really the only leader in the world today.
Yeah I think so ROFL
So has Bibi. I am avoiding my cable company by watching videos saved from the Bush years. Yesterday I saw the Prime Minister just after the attack on the US on Sep 11, 2001.
He was just as committed to protecting Israel then as now.
I don’t get it. True the man is more free market then not but he’s no further to the right then say Bill Clinton. He was personally responsible for instituting Israel’s Value Added Tax.
Then again I’m not the best person to ask. Israel is a socialist nation and I have no bone to pick in a fight between socialists and terrorists.
Israel has been steadily moving away from socialism thanks to Bibi. They are innovators in all areas, medical, technological, defense. Check the Israel Test by George Gilder. Is there something in particular you are referring to with regard to Bibi’s political leanings?
Well like I said, Netanyahu created Israel’s VAT, a horrible collectivist taxation program. And while he’s been in favor of de-nationalization, he’s also been a proponent of increased regulation.
I also hold leaders responsible for their country. He’s done nothing to get rid of collectivist kibbutz system or get rid of the welfare state. The majority of the country’s infrastructure and land is still owned by the state. He’s a collectivist in charge of a collectivist nation and I have nothing for him.
The kibbutzim have been slowly dispersing over the years because they don’t work and the ones that do generally are supported by their own capitalism (products). Bibi’s mantra has been getting rid of red tape so business can flourish. And it has. We can criticize every conservative leader we’ve ever had in America for something. But I’m not a fan of the ‘if they aren’t perfect, then they stink’ approach. I’d criticize Bibi for giving away Chevron, but this time around he thus far hasn’t folded in the ‘land for so called peace’ arena.
Bibi is a fantastic leader. This has implications up here as well with Stephen Harper. If Massachusetts repudiates health care, maybe we can do something about ours.
I thought you were referring to Chevron stock, lmao! Had to google what it meant.
And this goya taughtat a Jewish pre-school! Guess there are some learning gaps.
Well, Israel needs it. I by no means approve of all that the Zionists have done in Palestine, but one thing is sure: The Brits promised them a homeland in Palestine and the right to live there peaceably. This was something they never enjoyed under Turkish rule. The same with the Jews who were there before the Zionists. But they had also made a deal with the Arab nationalists. The Arabs did not get their unified national state, but they did get several Arab states, divided as much because the Brits and the French had conflicting interests as because of the need to reward their Arab friends, to compensate them for their loss of the Holy Places to our good buddies the Sauds. So they divided the Palestinian mandate along the Jordan to Abdullah, who then proceeded to exile the Jews east of the river. The area west of the river was now Palestine where the Jews could live but in competition with the Arabs. Jews began to migrate into Palestine from abroad as did Arabs from the surrounding territories. Profiting from stable government and foreign investment, the land began to prosper and to incresae in population. The Brits were nervous about allowing Jews to come in because the Arabs were so resentful of a people they had traditionally held in great contempt. As conditions began to get bad in Europe, moer Jews came and this led to coflict and something close to civil war. The Jews did something they had never done before which was to arm themselves. Then came the war which complicated everything. Trying to keep the peace, the British tried to block Jewish immigration. Then the UN tried to solve the problem with partition. Even though this meant that Jewish settlement was further restricted, they went along —The Arabs did not, and so begins a war without end (it seems). inflamed now by militant Islamism. It does not help that the West, which had been so supportive of Israel out of bad conscience now is becoming tired of the moral burden , finds the Holocaust hairshirt much too irritating, and seems to wish that Israel would just surrender to the “inevitable.”
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A bit of a stretch, Bibi has been able to resist The One thanks to support from the American people, as expressed through Congress, not because of one seat. To my knowledge the middle east wasn't an issue in the election, nor do I have a clue about Brown's position.
Well that was some good info for me.... More than I knew before.
I have always liked Bibi. Is Sharon still in coma?
“An aside: Angela has certainly aged in the last six years.”
Selling a billion dollars of refinery equipment to Iran while selling another nuke sub to Israel can be exhausting...
Great photos..Gotta love Bengi Net...mua!!
They is friends....nice. tsk tsk
Too bad Bo doesn’t get with the program..idiot.
“they went along The Arabs did not, and so begins a war”
and the same holds from then til today....they will not change toward Israel...as I see it, anymore than we can expect that to change with the USA..They have their own agenda internationally and will play cards according to their cause.
For mayor in NY, we’ve don it in 4 elections straight.
<<< It does not help that the West, which had been so supportive of Israel out of bad conscience now is becoming tired of the moral burden , finds the Holocaust hairshirt much too irritating, and seems to wish that Israel would just surrender to the inevitable. >>>
Some in the West
Netanyahu is not responsible for the VAT which came into existence in 1976 when Netanyahu was studying at MIT.
He has recently lowered the VAT and plans to keep lowering it.
Also, as Finance Minister he privatized the banks. As PM he has recently pushed through a law privatizing land.
He is a Capitalist through and through.
Maybe he is thinking of the recent proposal to put VAT on produce? But Bibi didn’t end up doing it.
You’re kidding, right? Bloomberg only ran as an R because he couldn’t get the D nomination. He’s a Dem.
Lot of people think that the Zionists just sort of barged into a land full of happy Arabs and took over. But any reading Mark Twain’s account of his trip to the Holy Land (Innocents abroad(?)—it’s been awhile) hears the account of a thinly populated, run-down, poorly governed country. The Turks were on the top, then the local sheikhs, and then the local Arabs/Jews who played the roles— respectively — that rednecks and blacks played in the old South. The Zionists brought the first capital into the place along with some fresh blood from Russia and elsewhere. The last were often shocked by what they found, and sometimes made them think that Holy Russia was not that bad after all. The Turks were of two minds about the Jewish gold: the gold was good; that it was Jewish gold, not so good.
More good info.