US Discusses Future of Israel without Netanyahu – Politico

US President Joe Biden (L) with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Photo: via Israeli PM Twitter Page)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

The days of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are numbered, according to US officials cited in the US news website, Politico.

Joe Biden and top advisors have discussed the likelihood that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “political days are numbered,” Politico reported on Wednesday.

It added that Biden has “conveyed that sentiment to the Israeli prime minister in a recent conversation.”

Abu Obeida, the military spokesperson of Al-Qassam Brigades, has vowed in a televised statement on Tuesday that the Resistance will end Netanyahu’s political career. 

Now, it seems that the Americans themselves are making that observation. 

Netanyahu Needs to Go

“The topic of Netanyahu’s short political shelf life has come up in recent White House meetings involving Biden,” Politico reported, citing two senior administration officials. 

According to the unnamed officials, the topic has also come up during Biden’s recent trip to Israel on October 18.

It gets even worse for the embattled Israeli leader, who has served longer than any Israeli prime minister in the history of the country.

“Biden has gone so far as to suggest to Netanyahu that he should think about lessons he would share with his eventual successor,” the administration officials conveyed to Politico.

“There’s going to have to be a reckoning within Israeli society about what happened,” an anonymous official was quoted as saying, adding that “ultimately, the buck stops on the prime minister’s desk.”

Politico reported:

“At one point during the trip, Biden advised Netanyahu to consider the scenario he was leaving for his successor — an implicit suggestion that Netanyahu might not be in power for the duration of what will likely be a lengthy conflict.”

‘Client Regime’ 

Palestinian journalist and editor of The Palestine Chronicle Ramzy Baroud said that it is clear that Netanyahu has become a liability for Israel and the US, from the Biden Administration’s point of view. 

“Netanyahu has been angling for a regional war long before the October 7 attacks,” Baroud said, adding: “The Biden Administration is not interested in a regional war simply because it knows that it cannot win.”

“It is possible that the Americans will try to push Netanyahu out of the picture so that he may inherit the defeat alone and bring another Israeli leader with a clean slate as to lessen the impact of the unprecedented Israeli military setback.”

Baroud asserted that “even the mere discussion regarding Netanyahu’s future is indicative of the changing dynamics between Washington and Tel Aviv.” 

“Whether Tel Aviv likes it or not, Israel is now back to being an American vessel or a client regime. Nearly 50 years of Israel’s political achievements have been erased in the matter of days.”

(The Palestine Chronicle) 

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