Why is Netanyahu doing what he’s doing?
Israel’s right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly defended his controversial decision to hold a cabinet meeting, saying it was a “courageous” move to “protect Israel from the threat of Iran.”
However, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Monday, Netanyahu has become increasingly concerned about the fallout from the meeting, which took place amid a crisis over Iran’s nuclear program.
Netanyahu’s spokesman said the prime minister had been warned by the US about possible fallout and that he “was not surprised” that the meeting was cancelled.
“We have warned him about the potential fallout, and we were not surprised to hear the cancellation,” Meir Cohen said.
Netayhi’s office told the Journal that the prime minster had also warned the US of the possibility of a “potentially catastrophic” outcome.
The meeting took place on Saturday, the day after Iran released a video purporting to show a meeting between Iranian officials and a senior American diplomat in Tehran.
Iran denies the video, saying the “fake video” was filmed in 2014 and that the US and its allies have used the footage to support their “anti-Iranian campaign.”
Netanyahu has repeatedly attacked US President Donald Trump, who he blames for the nuclear deal that Iran struck with world powers in 2015, and has previously said that Trump should be jailed.
He has also accused the US president of using Iran as a political tool against him and that Israel should be “punished” for his policies.
In recent days, Netanyahu and other right-leaning politicians have made clear they will not stand down from their positions.
Netanayhi has accused the Trump administration of being responsible for the crisis in Syria, and the US has said it would hold talks with Russia and Iran to resolve the Syrian crisis.
Netanyahus foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, also accused Israel of using its military to “steal” Syrian territories from the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
The United States and Russia have condemned the attack, saying that the attack shows that Israel is using the Syrian conflict to justify its expansionist policy.
The Wall Street report cited a person familiar with the matter as saying that Israeli military personnel “have been ordered to refrain from participating in future military exercises in Syria and Iraq” after Trump signed a joint statement saying that “Syria is a battlefield and not a training ground.”
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the government was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said that the statement did not include the statement from Trump, in which the president said he was “deeply disturbed by the Syrian regime’s continued attacks on civilians and civilians in Damascus.”
“It is no surprise that we would see an escalation in this conflict, but we must also remember that it is also not an accident,” the source said.
“Netanyahu and Lieberman are using Syria as a pretext to further their expansionist policies.”