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Netanyahu pre-election gambit falls flat on right | Asia Times |

A pre-election appeal by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to fall flat, as domestic rivals expressed scant enthusiasm for his latest annexation pledge, which settlers said did not go far enough.

The rallying cry to "redraw" Israel's borders was quickly overshadowed by news from Washington that US National Security Advisor John Bolton had been fired and Trump was ready to meet his Iranian counterpart "without preconditions" on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly later this month.

The Tuesday address, billed as a "dramatic announcement" by Netanyahu, came after weeks of leaks insinuating that an official annexation of the settlement blocs would be fully backed by the Trump administration, leading some to conclude that a far-reaching geopolitical move was in the offing.

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More critically, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that President Trump would be willing to meet with the president of Israel's arch-rival Iran "with no preconditions" - a gambit opposed by the newly-ousted Bolton.

The messaging from Washington appeared to dim hopes that Trump would provide Netanyahu with a diplomatic pre-election boost comparable to the movement of the US embassy to Jerusalem or the recognition of Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights.

In Israel, the political opposition called out Netanyahu for what they deemed a cheap gambit for right-wing votes in the guise of a policy speech.

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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Sep 11th, 2019 at 08:12:29 PM EST

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