The Guardian: Netanyahu used golf to incite Trump against the Palestinians

The British newspaper, “The Guardian”, said that former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used various ways to antagonize former US President Donald Trump against the Palestinians.

The Guardian cited Netanyahu’s memoirs as saying he used Hezbollah’s missile site maps and intelligence gained from Mossad raids in Tehran to influence Donald Trump’s support for Israel in Middle East normalization talks and his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal to ensure. That’s what the former Israeli prime minister says in his new memoir.

And she continued: “But in unfamiliar scenes similar to what one finds in countless investigative journals and in Trump’s approach to reveal all that is hidden, Netanyahu also says to persuade Trump to his desire to move forward in the abandon making peace between Israel and Israel. the Palestinians and scratch the positive impression.” When they were first formed by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, the Israelis used euphemisms of golf and cards of New York City.

The book is expected to be released in the United States after three days, under the title “Baby: My Story”.

Trump was told that the Palestinians were hostile and wanted their country’s borders to be as close to Tel Aviv as the Washington Bridge was to Trump Tower. Trump has been told that the possibility of lasting peace is the same as the possibility of a golfer hitting a goal through a brick wall in one swing.

Netanyahu remained close to Trump throughout the latter’s tenure in the White House between 2017 and 2021. Both are now out of power. Netanyahu’s memoirs are being published amid corruption charges, while Trump faces possible impeachment in cases related to investigations into the unrest within the US Congress, as well as into his business practices and a defamation case related to allegations of rape, which he denies.

As expected, Netanyahu lists his political achievements, including the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem, and the US recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Netanyahu describes the creation of the process that led to the signing of the Abraham Accords, i.e. the normalization agreements concluded between Israel and four Arab countries.

Netanyahu avoided commenting on US domestic politics, including Trump’s refusal to accept his defeat by John Biden, his lies about election fraud and his incitement to the congressional riot on January 6, 2021.

Netanyahu also does not comment on Trump’s rumors that he cursed him, saying “fuck him” after receiving the news of the Israeli prime minister’s congratulations to Biden on his victory in the elections.

But Trump being Trump — a naturally irreverent president — as Netanyahu himself described him, many of the intriguing details about the private meetings are mentioned in the book.

In describing Trump’s first meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in May 2017 in Israel, Netanyahu echoed the story of David Friedman, who was the US ambassador to Israel at the time, which Friedman told in his book He.

“When he was with Rivlin,” Netanyahu says in his memoirs, “Trump made a bit of a tongue twister: ‘Bibi doesn’t want peace. For some inscrutable reason, that bomb didn’t leak.’ “

Netanyahu says Ron Dermer, then Israel’s ambassador to the US, “was stunned. It wasn’t ‘Houston we have a problem’, but ‘Houston, we are the problem’.”

Netanyahu then describes how he and Friedman planned to get Trump to watch a video intended to “change his idea of ​​Mahmoud Abbas and” Netanyahu. The tape showed the Palestinian leader as a two-faced person who speaks of peace in English and praises terrorists in Arabic.

“I saw how the video affected Trump, at least at the moment,” Netanyahu says in the book. “He said, ‘Wow, is this the same sheik I just met in Washington?’ He seemed to me then as a kind, peaceful man.”

Then he says: “Trump obviously didn’t like others deceiving him. I hoped the video would contribute to a further chill in the bond during the upcoming meeting with Abbas in Bethlehem on the last day of his trip. “

Friedman says the video move was rebuked by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and then-National Security Adviser HR McMaster, some of the “bigwigs” in the Trump administration who saw the video as a “cheap propaganda trick.”

Netanyahu now reveals that he used additional illusions with Trump, who even early in his presidency was not known to read his reports, as he quickly became bored, preferring advice given to him within the framework of his personal interests.

Netanyahu says he showed the president a “simple slide showing the distance from Tel Aviv to the 1967 lines to which the Palestinians are asking us to withdraw. The distance from Trump Tower to George Washington Tower was put on the map. The distances were identical, ” just over six miles as a straight line.

Netanyahu continued, saying: “I said, Mr. President, will you allow a regime that wants to destroy you to establish a state at the George Washington Bridge? Of course not. We will not allow that either.”

And he adds, “Ron used a metaphor that could have an impact on the president: of the game of golf. He told him: Mr. President. Peace with the Emirates is a five-foot putt. Peace with the Saudis are a thirty-foot push. Peace with the Palestinians is One stroke over a brick wall from start to finish.”

Then he says, “The president understood what that meant. At least until we definitely succeeded in moving him to a better place.”

Netanyahu quotes Friedman’s description of the way “Trump later pounced on Mahmoud Abbas and demanded to know who exactly he was. Is he the peacemaker as he claimed in Washington or is he a terrorist as he describes himself in the video stated?”

Yet Netanyahu also repeatedly described his frustration with Trump’s continued “fascination with the Palestinians” rather than a “major political deal for peace with the Arab states which I believe was just around the corner”.

Netanyahu has been more successful in getting Trump to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, which the United States signed in 2015 under Barack Obama.

In his memoirs, Netanyahu describes a Mossad raid on a warehouse in Tehran from which the Israelis seized “a large amount of material” about Iran’s nuclear plans.

On March 5, in the Oval Office, Netanyahu showed Trump another short video of what the Israelis said they had found.

The president pointed to the other senior officials in the Oval Office and said, “Maybe they should look at this. As for me, I didn’t need it, so I decided to walk out of the deal.”

On April 30, Netanyahu went public and publicly revealed the raid, drawing criticism in Israel for revealing operational details of Mossad’s operations. However, in his book he denies any breach of confidentiality and says he only discussed the results.

A week later, Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.

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