Esper was scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Naftali Bennett. It would have been Esper’s first visit to Israel as secretary of defense.
It is early in the election season, but if Netanyahu statements are the opening salvo of a campaign of fear, they are likely to fall flat.
The PM also denied that the cancellation was due to the Trump inauguration, which is set to take place on January 20.
Netanyahu’s slogan used to be: “Not one single brick.” It now seems to have become: “Be like Trump.”
By declining to veto the anti-Israeli resolution of the UN, it seems that US President Barack Obama has played into the hands of the Israeli Right once more.
Referring to the controversy surrounding his decision to purchase three additional German submarines, Netanyahu advised those “in a hurry” to topple him over the matter to shift gears.
Le gouvernement israélien craint que Barack Obama utilise la période de transition présidentielle pour imposer des négociations de paix avec les Palestiniens ou une résolution contraignante