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Surprise: America Is Not in Netanyahu's Pocket

Posted on AllSides January 14th, 2024
From The Left
Kobi Gideon / GPO

Imagine for a moment that you are Antony Blinken, the American secretary of state. Following your suspicions that Israel is plotting to encourage the transfer of residents of the Gaza Strip, you ask for an explanation from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He reassures you and promises: That is not Israel's policy.

A moment after you let this promise out of the closet at a press conference, Netanyahu's finance minister, Bezalel Smotrich, addresses you and publicly commits to the exact opposite: Welcome to Israel, Blinken, "And we will act to ensure the...

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