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NOT THE FIRST TIME AN AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION HAS TAKEN A SHOT AT BIBI

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Submitted by Rafi Marom (United States), Mar 18, 2010 10:28

According to the book "Suicide", a Hebrew-language book authored by three Ma'ariv reporters, I believe, who covered the 1996 Knesset election, they describe in great detail the efforts of the Clinton Administration to insure the election of Shimon Peres. Peres had become Prime Minister after the assassination of Itzhak Rabin and it was widely assumed both in Israel and the United States, that Peres was going to win. According to the authors, the only member of Peres team who was cautious about Peres' winning was Ehud Barak who had been Bibi's commander when the two of them had served together in Siyeret Matcal. According to the book's authors, Clinton dispatched several Democratic Party consultants/pollsters, one name that I remember is Douglas Schoen, to help Peres. Bibi was wise to what was happening and got a Republican Party consultant, Arthur Finkelstein, to come and help him. Obama's Administration is filled with Clinton people who would like nothing better than to topple Bibi. The failure of this Administration to truly be able to read the Israeli political landscape is scandlous. On a Israel Channel 2 broadcast, a copy of the Jerusalem municipality's planning and building committee agenda for that day clearly showed the Ramat Shlomo project. Where were the American diplomatic personnel who follow such things? The Obama flare up was deliberate. Bibi and Biden took care of the screw-up over the phone. Obama shows once again that he can be tough with friends.


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