Trump and Netanyahu both limp towards their re-election campaigns

Before campaigning gains steam, the chips are beginning to stack up against two allies’ running for re-election: US President Donald Trump in 2020 and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in three months. After a string of Iranian attacks on US-linked targets in the Gulf, Trump’s anti-Tehran policy is in impasse, at the same time as a nationwide Fox News poll is giving former vice president Joe Biden, who leads the Democratic field of candidates, a 10-point advantage. Bernie Sanders, too, rates 49 percent to Trump’s 40 pc. The poll factor is notoriously erratic compared with real election results – the same poll predicted a win for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Still it does not look like a good omen  

Netanyahu’s policy in relation to Iran, the Lebanese Hizballah and the Palestinian Hamas in the Gaza Strip is likewise in a blind alley. The terror balloons keep coming, interspersed with a rocket or two. With a fat check from Qatar on the way to Gaza City on Monday, June 17, Hamas leader Saleh Arouri feels safe enough to hold talks with officials in Tehran. Netanyahu’s repeated pledges to stop Iran’s military presence in Syria and the Middle East contrast badly with his failure to stop Tehran gaining ground even in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli opinion polls are still to come, but the media are gearing up for a brutal assault on the incumbent. They headline the utterance of every political midget willing to knock Netanyahu, who is already weighed down by missing his chance to form a new government after the April election, and being forced to call a new vote in September. The media continually dog him with the threat of prosecution on corruption charges.

Played down are such developments as the disarray besetting Likud’s most serious rival, the new Blue-White Party – not least because their campaign adviser, Mark Melman, an American polls expert, who led the party to almost toppling Likud, is quitting. He does not believe the party can win the next election with its top-heavy leadership and division of functions among the four top men. When it comes to strategy, Blue White leaders can’t make up their minds whether to go for the right-leaning voting segment and poach on Likud or pick up the pieces of the crumbling left-leading parties.

In some senses, both Trump and Netanyahu have never stopped campaigning to consolidate their positions. The president is tireless in his quest for one-on-one summits with world leaders for settling outstanding issues – even with Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, if that could be arranged. Netanyahu has given up on his efforts to organize summits with Gulf rulers. He is concentrating instead on building the government he hopes to lead after the September election. It will be ready to go without delay to block any avenue for President Reuven Rivlin to choose anyone else after the election as prime minister-designate.

Netanyahu’s next lineup is not wildly popular. Yisrael Katz (Likud) would shift from Transport to Foreign Affairs, Rabbi Raffie Peretz, Education, and Bezalel Smotrich, Transport and Strategic Affairs. The latter two lead the United Religious bloc, Likud’s prospective senior partner in a future coalition government.

On Sunday, June 16, Netanyahu and his ministers traveled to the Golan to inaugurate a new community in honor of the US president, naming it Trump Heights. With them was the US Ambassador David Friedman. The new community is planned to be a picturesque hill resort, located near Kibbutz Gonen on the 959 Route in beautiful natural scenery. It has a view of Mt. Hermon to the north and the Hulah Valley to the southwest. Unfortunately, Trump Heights is also within easy range of shelling or armed drone attacks from across the border and may tempt Iran and its proxies to repeat the exercise Yemen’s Houthi rebels performed last week. They targeted Abha, a Saudi holiday resort in the Assir mountains overlooking the Red Sea and embedded in the largest wild bird colony in the region. Abha is a favorite summer getaway for privileged Saudi Arabians. Still, the fate of Trump Heights at this time is irrelevant compared with the problems facing the two leaders.

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17 thoughts on “Trump and Netanyahu both limp towards their re-election campaigns

  • Jun 17, 2019 @ 11:01 at 11:01
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    New leaders will be good for both countries

    • Jun 17, 2019 @ 11:56 at 11:56
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      yeah I am going to take your (literally one) word for it

      • Jun 17, 2019 @ 21:18 at 21:18
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        mursiye darbe yaptız mursiyi öldürdürdüz memenunmusunuz ey israil halkı ve rejimi sürekli savaş darbe yapan siyonistler

    • Jun 18, 2019 @ 5:24 at 5:24
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      Trump is not limping
      He is headed for onother great win

  • Jun 17, 2019 @ 12:02 at 12:02
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    netanyahu bir siyonisttir israil orrtadoğuda tek nükleer güç olan 500 adet nükleer silahı var israilin bu tüm ortadoğu ülkelerine tehdittir

    • Jun 17, 2019 @ 14:49 at 14:49
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      Both Netanyahu and Trump imbued with Individual Character to be Concerned, Strengthen, and follow the Traditions of King Cyrus, and King Solomon!

  • Jun 17, 2019 @ 12:20 at 12:20
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    Trump Heights sort of has a nice ring to it…………………………like the original Trump Towers in Brooklyn back in the 1960’s.

    • Jun 17, 2019 @ 21:21 at 21:21
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      mursiye darbe yaptız mossad istihbaratı memnunmusunuz yazıklar olsun sizden ne istediz islam ülkelerinden ne istediz mısırdan yazık değilmi mısıra islam ülkelerine yarın nasıl allahın huzurunda hesap vereceksiniz

  • Jun 17, 2019 @ 16:08 at 16:08
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    They will be sad days for both countries when these two men are replaced. Moshe Dayan and Ronald Reagan were the 20th century yardsticks these men have tried to follow, . . . I don’t see any others on the horizon when they are gone. It’ll be mostly more Clinton and Obama type knuckleheads in both countries.

    • Jun 17, 2019 @ 17:00 at 17:00
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      Reagan yes
      Dayan? As a general he was great but beyond that the womanizing hero of the left sold the temple mount to the waqf for antiquities benefits for himself. No one is trying to follow him!

  • Jun 17, 2019 @ 18:44 at 18:44
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    You see a dozen people attend a Biden rally while there are 100,000 lined up for Trumps next rally and you really believe this?

    • Jun 17, 2019 @ 19:34 at 19:34
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      So easily fooled by misinformation when both leaders cuts above the run of the mill

  • Jun 17, 2019 @ 19:26 at 19:26
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    Trump will win with no problems, the liberal media is trying to help the liberal side by saying they have a great chance. But because of the way the liberals have acted they destroyed their only chance of victory. Many democrats are now Republicans because of the way the dems have acted and supported everyone else besides their own citizens. They walk blindly leading the blind, they shall all fall into the ditch.

  • Jun 17, 2019 @ 21:03 at 21:03
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    SHAME on Debka for citing Fox News poll data against Trump.
    It’s fake news. Fox pretends to be moderately conservative,
    but they are really part of the “deep state”. Shame on Debka
    for supporting this bit of fake news simply by repeating it, just
    so they try to paint a like-Trump like-Bibi picture.

  • Jun 18, 2019 @ 2:33 at 2:33
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    DJT loves the Jewish people and the state of Israel while the demorat’s want to destroy Israel and America.

  • Jun 18, 2019 @ 4:39 at 4:39
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    The Fox News poll that was leaked turns out to be three months old. The data on it are obsolete.

    And, as Alfred E. Neuman said below, President Trump has 100,000 voters clamoring to get into a rally space that can hold 1/5 of that amount while the Dems sleepy Joe Biden nets 150 fans at his rallies.

    The media are doing a slam bang job on you, Debka! Those leftists on whom you depend for your perspective on the American people’s choice are going to be suicidal in 17 months when Donald Trump is re-elected!

  • Jun 19, 2019 @ 4:45 at 4:45
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    Haha……. polls said Hillary and anti- brexit would win.

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