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Washington - The administration of President Barack Obama has launched what officials termed a psychological warfare campaign meant to topple Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Sources in the Obama Administration and the US Congress have confirmed to the Middle East Newsline that the White House and State Department have sought to destabilize Netanyahu’s government by forcing him to agree to an indefinite freeze on Jewish construction in areas taken by Israel in the wake of the 1967 war as well as the establishment of a Palestinian state by 2012. They said the campaign sought to replace Netanyahu with opposition leader and former foreign minister Tsipi Livni.

“Bibi is extremely vulnerable to pressure,” a source familiar with the White House effort said. “We know this from his first term in office and believe he will collapse this time as well.”

The sources said the administration’s strategy aimed to delegitimize Netanyahu in his government and right-wing constituency. They said Obama and his aides have sought to portray Netanyahu as a weak and unstable politician  who will destroy relations with Washington as Israel seeks U.S. support for a military option against Iran.

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“There seems to be a general belief in the circle around the president that the democratically-elected government in Israel is drunk at the wheel,” Steven Rosen, a veteran pro-Israeli lobbyist now with the Middle East Forum, said. “They clearly will use pressure tactics to bring Israel around.”

In April 2010, former U.S. ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk, began a series of attacks on Netanyahu in the Israeli media. Indyk, a former assistant secretary of state under then-President Bill Clinton, has called

for the toppling of Netanyahu while his right-wing partners accept a more pliant prime minister.

“Indyk was sent by Obama and encouraged by his American Jewish supporters, particularly [former Rep.] Robert Wexler, to do this,” the source said.

In January 2010, Wexler resigned from Congress to become head of the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation. The center was founded by Obama supporter Daniel Abraham and a delegation met Netanyahu in February.

The sources said the administration’s campaign has included invitations to Defense Minister Ehud Barak to the White House, where he met with Obama on April 26. Barak has been regarded as the most pro-U.S. minister in Netanyahu’s Cabinet and has been lobbying ministers to accept Obama’s proposals.

“It’s not going to be easy to turn this thing around,” Rosen told a briefing on April 21. “Some of my friends in Jerusalem believe this crisis will go on for an extended period.”

The anti-Netanyahu has alarmed pro-Israeli members in Congress, particularly from the Democratic Party. Several of the Democrats have reported a sharp drop in funds by Jewish donors for congressional elections in November.

“This [campaign against Netanyahu] is counterproductive and has to stop,” Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat who has threatened to issue a condemnation of the White House, said.

Some in the pro-Israeli community detect an anti-Semitic tinge to the White House campaign, despite the involvement of Jewish aides. On April 21, National Security Advisor James Jones stunned an audience at the pro-Israel Washington Institute when he told a joke of a Jewish merchant who tricked a thirsty Taliban fighter into buying a tie.

“I wish that I had not made this off the cuff joke at the top of my remarks,” Jones later said. “I apologize to anyone who was offended by it. It also distracted from the larger message I carried that day: That the United States’ commitment to Israel’s security is sacrosanct.”

Former State Department official Aaron Miller said Obama has surrounded himself with aides who blame Netanyahu for the suspension of the Arab-Israeli peace process. Miller said many of the aides had encountered Netanyahu during his first tenure as prime minister from 1996 to 1999.

“They had seen the Benjamin Netanyahu movie before and were determined not to let their chance at Middle East peace end the same way,” Miller said in the magazine Foreign Policy. “Confronted with Netanyahu again, Obama and his team needed no encouragement to talk tough on the growing Israeli

Settlements in the West Bank, an issue that experts inside and outside government were clamoring for Obama to raise as the first step in his renewed push for peace. Fresh from his victory on health care, he’s [Obama] king of the world again and in no mood to let the king of Israel frustrate his plans.”


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 May 02, 2010 at 09:08 PM Anonymous Says:

Israel keep strong don't worry hashem will protect you from all your enemies including obama he won't last out his own term will be replaced before bibi will.

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:17 PM annonymous Says:

The anti semetic obama does not think iran or syria need a regime change
Just the jewish state

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:18 PM yid Says:

b'zchus the RASHB"I this should not happen but rather those that try to fight us should be punished mida k'neged mida

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:26 PM Anonymous Says:

Wow this is ubelivebule what a dog we must put a end to this Jews wake up what chutzpah we as Jews should pull out all stops to stop this man right or wrong is not the issue any more it's the chutzpah of trying to topple the only truly free elcted canidate in the region

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:33 PM Anonymous Says:

let's call abama
and every politition

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:37 PM Anonymous Says:

I very much doubt the U.S. has any thoughts about replacing Netanyahu since the next government might even be more antagonistic to a long-term peace settlement. While there is legitimate disagreement between Obama and some in the governing coalition in EY, they have the same objective of acheiving a just and secure peace.

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Israel - chazak v'amatz
The g-d of Israel is protecting you. It wont be long before Emes will rule

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Obama should go screw himself who does he think he is. I'm telling u guys that Obama administration will fall way before our strong Bibi will

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:46 PM Anonymous Says:

we are of gehakte tzuris . all he knows how to do is go after the businessmen on wall street.
he doesnt know how to protect our country
he doesnt know how to deal with the oil spill
he knows how to fly around on taxpayer money.
save wall street before they move out and we lose their $$ too.
then we will be a welfare state instead of the greatest state.
even bloomberg knows that .
he is a businessman and knows we need wall streets money to survive

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:51 PM LIBERALISM IS A DISEASE!!! Says:

How evil!

RECALL!!!!!!

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

Wow this is ubelivebule what a dog we must put a end to this Jews wake up what chutzpah we as Jews should pull out all stops to stop this man right or wrong is not the issue any more it's the chutzpah of trying to topple the only truly free elcted canidate in the region

Not sure whether you agree or disagree with Obama's policy but perhaps our of respect for other readers you might consider using the punctuation marks on your keyboard.

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:55 PM Yanky Says:

Bill Clinton and the first President Bush both interfered in Israeli politics. Stop trying to make it seem like Obama is some kind of rasha on the level of a Hitler or an Ahmadinejad. The historical ignorance shown by some of the comments here is staggering. And the Philadelphia Bulletin is not exactly a respected news source.

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Who does Obama think he is, I believe he will be gone before Bibi

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 May 02, 2010 at 10:07 PM Anonymous Says:

The Chutzpa of this maybe non-citizen trying to topple the duly elected government of Israel. He is a one term president.

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 May 02, 2010 at 10:20 PM Anonymous Says:

May Hashem watch US(A) from ALL the Hatred in Washington.

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 May 02, 2010 at 10:38 PM Obama will fail Says:

Every time he pressures Israel, Obama gets new problems.
Besides the oil spill, the National Enquirer is investigating him for a John Edwards type of story. There are blogs which report that even worse stuff than the Enquirer is looking into, exists.
If only a fraction of this is true, he will make Tiger Woods look good.

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 May 02, 2010 at 10:43 PM HaNavon Says:

Hashem laughs at this and so do I.
If it is time for Tzipi Livni to rule, she will rule. If it is time for Netanyahu to rule, he will rule. Barack Obama cannot change this, no matter how hard he tries. However, the harder he tries the more Hashem will try to punish him 'middah k'neged middah'.

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 May 02, 2010 at 10:47 PM Anonymous Says:

The harder he is on Israel, the more the US is getting punished. Just look at the oil spill and the almost bomb that hit NY, but his hatred to yidden is so strong that it will be his downfall.

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 May 02, 2010 at 10:51 PM Charlene Hall Says:

#12 is correct. Obama's policies are no different from prior administrations

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 May 02, 2010 at 10:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
Yanky Says:

Bill Clinton and the first President Bush both interfered in Israeli politics. Stop trying to make it seem like Obama is some kind of rasha on the level of a Hitler or an Ahmadinejad. The historical ignorance shown by some of the comments here is staggering. And the Philadelphia Bulletin is not exactly a respected news source.

Bill Clinton did and was worse, I agree. In matter of fact, he sent his personal campaign manager (forgot his name) to counter Natanyau and have Barak elected. But Bush had the greatest respect for Israel.

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 May 02, 2010 at 10:58 PM Anonymous Says:

No one can topple Natanyahu's government but the Israeli citizen voters. If Israeli voters find that their prime minister is incompetent, then they have the power to make changes. Obama sending diplomats to do "psychological warfare" against Natanyahu can only work on VIN readers.

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 May 02, 2010 at 11:01 PM Anonymous Says:

THe Aibishter is the one who is in charge. Never faggetit!

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 May 02, 2010 at 11:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

Not sure whether you agree or disagree with Obama's policy but perhaps our of respect for other readers you might consider using the punctuation marks on your keyboard.

Thanks # 11. I was thinking the exact same thing!

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 May 02, 2010 at 11:41 PM Anonymous Says:

"There seems to be a general belief in the circle around the president that the democratically-elected government in Israel is drunk at the wheel," This is so ironic -- to many Americans it seems that Obama "is drunk at the wheel"!!

Kol Haposel, b'mumoi posel!!

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 May 03, 2010 at 12:02 AM Anonymous Says:

have just received this: from my friend in Israel , who moves in high circles in Israel
we heard it from a consultant to the United States who meets once a month with the President in the White house. He is in the know. This is what actually has happened with the relationship with Israel and the USA and it is not pretty:

1. Israel during the Bush and Clinton Administrations – had landing rights in Turkey , and in the USA bases in the middle east and more recently under George Bush, in Iraq . This was in case they were invaded by Iran , or Saudi or any other Arab country. Obama has withdrawn those landing rights. Israel now has nowhere to refuel in the middle east.
2. Netanyahu was instructed to come to the white house for a meeting. He was brought in through a servants entrance – the only head of state ever in US history to be given that disgraceful treatment. He was not offered even a cup of tea – but was lectured to by Obama who told him that he is not permitted to attack Iran and that he has to withdraw all forces from the West bank and may not build any more settlements ( neighborhoods) in East Jerusalem.

Its time to get rid of Obama from US policy.

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 May 03, 2010 at 01:32 AM Anonymous Says:

Obama enjoy your last term in office cuz u r not getting another one!

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 May 03, 2010 at 02:31 AM Who knows Says:

I will reserve judgment at this point. There is a most obvious logical flaw in this sensational claim - one can hardly believe that if the US was breaking international conventions by attempting to influence domestic policy in an allied country, they would not very likely admit to it openly.

Let's see what the reaction of the Netanyahu government will be to such claim, before accepting it on face value.

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 May 03, 2010 at 03:25 AM The Beadle Says:

Reply to #22  
Charlene Hall Says:

#12 is correct. Obama's policies are no different from prior administrations

In addition to this, the article doesn't appear to be based on any actual facts or sources whatsover.

It seems to be a case of "some bloke down the pub told me that..." and everyone is taking it as, if you'll excuse the expression, gospel.

Or could that just be because it is critical of Obama.

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 May 03, 2010 at 04:44 AM Anonymous Says:

May hashem save us from inzere breeder Indyk, wexler, axelrod, and daniel abraham who I think is even frum and has soninlaws in kollel and who used to live in yerushalaim and learned in yeshiva there. The yidden have bechira un ich bin nisht mikane their hell for making problems for other jews

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 May 03, 2010 at 08:19 AM Anonymous Says:

Obama has only selfish thoughts and doesn't care about israel. No one gains giving the arabs land that does not belong to them. He is doing what is good for him. We should let him know american jews won't stand for such behavior of a american president. We must potest and give bibi praise and show him that he is not alone

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 May 03, 2010 at 08:41 AM Anonymous Says:

Another small point off topic -- Israel warned the U.S. a long time ago NOT to go into Iraq, Sharon warned Bush, told him what the Intell. said, but Bush went in instead, we had the Iraq war at what kind of cost?? Maybe Obama only wants Israeli intell??? At what cost?????????? At the cost of whose life????

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 May 03, 2010 at 08:49 AM PMO Says:

Another sourceless story with no facts, and as usual the most ignorant among us swarm around it like flies on manure.

Why do we accept stories like this from suspect "journalists" who provide no facts or sources, just a string of opinions intertwined with other opinions. OPINION is not fact.

Not labeling this piece an editorial is both dishonest and embarrassing.

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 May 03, 2010 at 09:10 AM Anonymous Says:

Obama is a born and bred sick $3 bill. Don't worry, mid term elections are sround the corner. Out with these falacious pigd (so called Democrats) we just got to pull through till November and I'm sure Bibi knows that.

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 May 03, 2010 at 09:28 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #29  
Anonymous Says:

Obama enjoy your last term in office cuz u r not getting another one!

by the end of term he'll be dictator and you can cry

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 May 03, 2010 at 09:34 AM Stop it NOW Says:

Who said we have to wait another two and a half years? We could impeach him right now lets go raise your voices before its tom late! Take it back no THIS november please for your own sake

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 May 03, 2010 at 10:03 AM Anonymous Says:

this is all NONSENSE Obama needs Bibi so he can SHOW the Arab World that the U.S.A. and Muslim World have all the same belifes and it is only Israel who is trying to put a wedge between them.

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 May 03, 2010 at 10:06 AM Anonymous Says:

Yes! This man is a Nebuchadnezzar wanna be As the self imposed messiah to the world,, he has little concern for Israel, the Jews, let alone the USA.He will do anything to make himself king, and try to bend the will of the people, and change this country to a socialist country.

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 May 03, 2010 at 10:53 AM Anonymous Says:

How about toppling Assad and Ahmednijad?

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 May 03, 2010 at 11:46 AM Sol Says:

Even though I as a Satmar'er believe that the State of Israel is against the torah, but in this US-Israeli fight I have to side with Bibi and against Osama Obama. This grandson of "Chum ben Noach" believes he's king and can dictate everyone, and just for show he has surrounded himself with a bunch of yes man including so called jews. This paper tiger shows his toughness only against friends & allies, but when it comes to his muslim brothers who are the real threat he tries to play nice. What a disgrace.

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 May 03, 2010 at 12:40 PM CB Says:

All your ranting won't matter one bit because bottom line is, it's the Jews who are stupid. It's the Jews who continue to support Obama and will get him elected again. And it's the Jews who will support the clafte Clinton and will get her elected again. We are our own worst enemy and they know it.

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 May 03, 2010 at 03:07 PM PMO Says:

Reply to #44  
Sol Says:

Even though I as a Satmar'er believe that the State of Israel is against the torah, but in this US-Israeli fight I have to side with Bibi and against Osama Obama. This grandson of "Chum ben Noach" believes he's king and can dictate everyone, and just for show he has surrounded himself with a bunch of yes man including so called jews. This paper tiger shows his toughness only against friends & allies, but when it comes to his muslim brothers who are the real threat he tries to play nice. What a disgrace.

So when Obama ordered the surge in Afghanistan and ordered US troops into northern Pakistan he was there to route out America's non-Muslim friends? I just want to make sure I understand you correctly.

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 May 03, 2010 at 03:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #28  
Anonymous Says:

have just received this: from my friend in Israel , who moves in high circles in Israel
we heard it from a consultant to the United States who meets once a month with the President in the White house. He is in the know. This is what actually has happened with the relationship with Israel and the USA and it is not pretty:

1. Israel during the Bush and Clinton Administrations – had landing rights in Turkey , and in the USA bases in the middle east and more recently under George Bush, in Iraq . This was in case they were invaded by Iran , or Saudi or any other Arab country. Obama has withdrawn those landing rights. Israel now has nowhere to refuel in the middle east.
2. Netanyahu was instructed to come to the white house for a meeting. He was brought in through a servants entrance – the only head of state ever in US history to be given that disgraceful treatment. He was not offered even a cup of tea – but was lectured to by Obama who told him that he is not permitted to attack Iran and that he has to withdraw all forces from the West bank and may not build any more settlements ( neighborhoods) in East Jerusalem.

Its time to get rid of Obama from US policy.

#28: Your comments cannot be validated. Please before posting hateful, useless comments, please validate your sources.

48

 May 03, 2010 at 03:58 PM Jo Blow Says:

Chill out guys. Every dog has its day. If you don't believe me, ask Client–9 Eliot Spitzer he also thought that he's on top of the world.

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 May 03, 2010 at 04:21 PM Anonymous Says:

I sincerely hope that Isreal and its leadership will NOT fall for Obamas Pro Iran and Pro Terrorism policies.

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 May 03, 2010 at 04:58 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #46  
PMO Says:

So when Obama ordered the surge in Afghanistan and ordered US troops into northern Pakistan he was there to route out America's non-Muslim friends? I just want to make sure I understand you correctly.

No he waited as long as he could before deciding that he has no choice but to listen to his general. It was clear that he waited as long as possible because he didn't want to send more troops. He also doesn't want to be a failure on that front, so he really didn't have too much of an option. He does have a knack at appeasing Muslims and communists and hates Israel. That's why he is dragging his feet on Iran while pressing Israel at the same time.

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 May 03, 2010 at 05:06 PM Sol Says:

Reply to #46  
PMO Says:

So when Obama ordered the surge in Afghanistan and ordered US troops into northern Pakistan he was there to route out America's non-Muslim friends? I just want to make sure I understand you correctly.

First of all the surge in Afganistan was planned in the Bush administration after their success with the surge in Iraq, they just left the execution part to the new incoming administration. Now the next claim about Northern Pakistan I guess you're breaking news here because as far a I know we only use drones and not actual troops on the ground. The bottom line is when he does something right in foreign policy it's not because he wants to do it, it's because he has to do it to stay in office and get re-elected. On the other hand he has a hidden agenda to weaken our country's defences, like the recent nuke deal with russia or closing gitmo or giving terarists miranda rights and so on, the only conclusion you can come is that he's out there to help his Muslim brothers.

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 May 04, 2010 at 05:32 PM PMO Says:

Reply to #51  
Sol Says:

First of all the surge in Afganistan was planned in the Bush administration after their success with the surge in Iraq, they just left the execution part to the new incoming administration. Now the next claim about Northern Pakistan I guess you're breaking news here because as far a I know we only use drones and not actual troops on the ground. The bottom line is when he does something right in foreign policy it's not because he wants to do it, it's because he has to do it to stay in office and get re-elected. On the other hand he has a hidden agenda to weaken our country's defences, like the recent nuke deal with russia or closing gitmo or giving terarists miranda rights and so on, the only conclusion you can come is that he's out there to help his Muslim brothers.

Actually it was the OBAMA APPOINTEE in Afghanistan who came up with the plan. You should get your facts straight.

Really? Obama only does what he needs to do in order to stay in office? I'd say his record shows quite the opposite!

As for weakening our county, his nuclear plan with Russia was far LESS than even Reagan wanted, but Reagan said he hoped for at least a 30% reduction (yes there is video footage of the speech). Guess what? That's what was agreed to.

As for Miranda rights, you are aware that all but 3 (yes... that means 160+) people who were arrested for terrorism under BUSH were also read their Miranda rights. Yes, even the shoe bomber was read his rights and tried in civilian court without complaint. The only conclusion that you can come to is that those who make an issue of this are LYING.

Secondly, you should also know that 3 people convicted in Military courts are now FREE MEN. Yes, ALL THREE are free in Yemen. All those convicted in civilian court are STILL IN PRISON.

Facts are a tough thing to get away from sir, and you have NONE.

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