Bennett’s White House visit amid US Afghan collapse – a chance for gains on the Iranian front


Debkafile: Both President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett are counting on alleviating the troubles severely embarrassing them in the five critical days up to their White House encounter on Thursday, Aug. 26. President Joe Biden hopes the US military will drag the faltering Afghanistan withdrawal crisis out of the mud. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett gambles on the massive covid booster campaign curbing the spiraling coronavirus delta figures.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you. Psalm 122:6

In any case, common ground between the two leaders is a priori a scarce commodity They agree only on the need to keep Binyamin Netanyahu from returning to the premiership.  Otherwise, they are at odds on most crucial issues, such as direct action for aborting a nuclear-armed Iran – or military escalation as a rule; how to, resolve the Palestinian issue, the status of Jerusalem and Jewish West Bank settlements.

How far will the hawkish, right-wing prime minister line up behind the practice initiated by Foreign Minister and alternate PM Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz of “lining up with the Biden administration” on all security issues? The two are on the phone to Washington before embarking on any security operation. Israel has accordingly been prevented from punishing Iran for last month’s drone attack on the Mercer Street merchant ship or settling accounts for Hizballah’s s 19-rocket barrage in the first week of August.

According to DEBKAfile’s political sources, President Biden expects Bennett to go along with the Lapid-Gantz line. But up to what point? Read More