How Netanyahu used golf to incite Trump against President Abbas

duration/ LONDON: Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used maps of Hezbollah missile sites and intelligence obtained from the Mossad raid in Tehran to establish Donald Trump’s support for Israel in Middle East peace talks and withdrawal from the Iran- nuclear agreement, he writes in his new memoir According to what was published The British Guardian Saturday.
But in unconventional scenes similar to those found in numerous reporting books Trump tells us, Netanyahu is also said to influence Trump about his desire to pursue peace between Israel and the Palestinians and his positive first impression of Palestinian President Mahmoud To shake off Abbas, Israelis have published metaphors Golf and maps for New York City.
Trump has been told that the Palestinians are hostile and want a border as close to Tel Aviv as the George Washington Bridge from Trump Tower. Trump has been told that lasting peace is as likely as “a hole in one door in a brick wall.”

The former and possibly future Israeli leader’s book, Bibi: My Story, will be published in the United States on Tuesday. The Guardian has obtained a copy.

Netanyahu remained close to Trump throughout the latter’s tenure in the White House, between 2017 and 2021, both of whom are now out of power. Netanyahu’s memoirs will be released amid corruption charges, while Trump faces legal risk from investigations into the US Capitol riots, his business practices and a defamation case over rape allegations, which he denies.

As expected, Netanyahu achieved political successes, including the United States’ withdrawal from the Iran deal, the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem, and the United States’ recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
Netanyahu also describes the creation and signing of the Abraham Accords, and the normalization agreements signed by Israel and four Arab countries.

While Netanyahu avoids commenting on US domestic politics, including Trump’s refusal to accept his defeat at the hands of Joe Biden, his lies about election fraud and his incitement to riots in the US capital on January 6, 2021.

Netanyahu also did not comment on Trump’s comments about him – “fuck him” – after he congratulated the Israeli Biden on his victory in the elections.

But Trump being Trump — the president of “inherent disrespect,” in Netanyahu’s words — the colorful details of the private meetings make it into print.

Describing Trump’s first meeting in Israel, in May 2017 with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Netanyahu echoes the account of David Friedman, the US ambassador to Israel, in his own book “A Husband Stands Behind Chairs. Trump Gives His Thumbs. “

“When he was with Rivlin, Trump shouted: ‘Bibi does not want peace,'” Netanyahu wrote. “For some incomprehensible reason, this bomb didn’t leak.”

Netanyahu says that Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States at the time, “was stunned. It wasn’t ‘Houston, we have a problem’.” It was, ‘Houston, we’re the problem!’

Netanyahu describes how he and Friedman devised to play a Trump video intended to “change his thinking about Mahmoud Abbas and about” Netanyahu. The tape depicted the Palestinian leader as two-faced, speaking of peace in English and praising terrorists in Arabic.

Netanyahu writes: “I could see that the video was taped on Trump at least for a moment. He said, “Wow.” Is this the same person you just met in Washington? He seemed like a pleasant and calm man.

Of course, Trump didn’t like being taken for an idiot. I hoped the video would facilitate more bonding during his scheduled meeting with Abbas in Bethlehem on the last day of the trip.”

Friedman, the secretary of state, and HR McMaster, then the national security adviser, said the tape stunt drew a rebuke from Rex Tillerson, and that the Trump administration were “the big guys” who thought the video was a “cheap publicity stunt”. “

Netanyahu now reveals that he deployed more visual aid to Trump, who even very early in his presidency was known not to read briefing papers, to get bored easily and to prefer advice formulated with reference to his own interests.
Netanyahu says he made “a simple presentation to the president. He showed the distance from Tel Aviv to the 1967 lines that the Palestinians demanded to be withdrawn. I showed the distance from Trump Tower to the George Washington Bridge put on the map. The distance”—a little over six miles as the crow flies—”was identical. .

And I said to him, “Mr. President, will you allow a regime that wants to destroy statehood on the George Washington Bridge? Of course not. And neither will we.

Ron also came up with an analogy that resonated with the president: golf. He said: “Mr. President, peace with the Emirates is five feet.” Peace with the Saudis is 30 feet. Peace with the Palestinians is a hole in the brick wall.

where the president got it. For now, we have definitely moved him to a better place.”

Netanyahu quotes Friedman’s description of how “Trump later leveled Abbas … demanding to know who he really was, a peacemaker as he claimed in Washington or a terrorist as he declared on the tape .”

But Netanyahu also repeatedly described his frustration with Trump continuing to “care about the Palestinians” rather than “a lot of political peace with the Arab countries that I thought was about to happen.”

Netanyahu had more immediate success pushing Trump out of the Iran nuclear deal, which the United States signed in 2015 under Barack Obama.
In May 2017, Donald Trump met with Reuven Rivlin, then president of Israel, and Benjamin Netanyahu, the former prime minister.

The ambassador said Trump risked disaster while praising Abbas at an important meeting in Israel
In his memoirs, Netanyahu describes a Mossad raid on a warehouse in Tehran from which Israel took “a massive amount of material” about Iran’s nuclear plans.

And on March 5, 2018, in the Oval Office in Washington, Netanyahu played another short video of Trump, about what the Israelis said they found.

Pointing to other senior officials in the Oval Office, the president said, “Maybe they should see this.” I wasn’t. I have already decided to leave the agreement.”

On April 30, Netanyahu announced the raid in Israel, and faced criticism for revealing details of the Mossad operation, but in his book he denies any breach of confidentiality and says he first discusses the results, but a week later, Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.

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