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Netanyahu to Ben-Gvir: I don’t need help navigating Israel-US ties

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Minister-without-portfolio and National Unity chairman MK Benny Gantz, opposition leader and centrist Yesh Atid party chairman MK Yair Lapid, Labor chairwoman MK Merav Michaeli, and other Israeli politicians blasted National Security Minister MK Itamar Ben-Gvir’s comment to The Wall Street Journal on Sunday that former US president Donald Trump would have been more beneficial to Israel in its current war against Hamas than current US President Joe Biden.

In the WSJ interview, Ben-Gvir said, “Instead of giving us his full backing, Biden is busy with humanitarian aid and fuel [to Gaza], which goes to Hamas. If Trump was in power, the US conduct would be completely different.”

“It’s okay to disagree, even with our largest and most important ally, but we must act in the relevant forums and not via irresponsible comments in the media, that harm Israel’s strategic relations, national security, and the war effort at this time,” Gantz wrote on X.

“The prime minister needs to reprimand the national security minister, who, instead of taking care of internal security issues – is causing enormous damage to Israel’s foreign relations,” Gantz added.

National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir speaks to members of Israel’s Special Patrol Unit in Tel Aviv on August 2, 2023. (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)

Lapid: Ben-Gvir’s statement is “a direct blow to Israel’s international status”

Lapid said in a statement, “Ben-Gvir’s interview to The Wall Street Journal is a direct blow to Israel’s international status, a direct blow to the war effort, is damaging to Israeli security, and mainly proves that he understands nothing about foreign relations. I would call on the prime minister to reign him in, but Netanyahu has no control over the extremists in his government.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the opening of Sunday’s government meeting, “There are those who say ‘yes’ to everything in places where they must say ‘no.’ They receive applause from the international community but endanger our national security. And there are those who say ‘no’ to everything, receive applause at home, but they too jeopardize vital interests.”

Netanyahu added, “I would like to tell you something from my experience: The trick is to know how to navigate – to say ‘yes’ when possible, and to say ‘no’ when necessary. I don’t need help to know how to navigate our relations with the US and the international community while standing by our national interests.”

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Meirav Michaeli wrote on X, “What Netanyahu did against Obama and against Biden under the guise of leadership, Ben Gvir is doing under the guise of brattishness. Both  are part of the ruin that Netanyahu has brought and continues to bring upon Israel since he and Ben Gvir incited against Rabin, and even now they are inciting against Biden.”

The Labor leader later called on Netanyahu to fire Ben-Gvir.

“Minister Ben Gvir’s blatant and deliberate intervention in the American election campaign is a grievous strategic blow,” Michaeli wrote on X. “If Netanyahu does not fire Ben Gvir, it is tantamount to unreservedly endorsing his remarks. No one anywhere will believe that a government minister would dare to make such harmful and even ungrateful remarks without having the backing of the prime minister of Israel.

In an apparent attempt to counter Ben-Gvir, Shas chairman and war cabinet member MK Aryeh Deri wrote on X, “Thank you, President of the United States Joe Biden. The people of Israel will forever remember you for standing with Israel during some of our toughest hours. You and America are kingdoms of kindness. Even among friends and allies, there are differences of opinion. You are willing and paying a personal and political price to help us, and for that, we will always be grateful. May God protect you and America.”

The chair of Ben Gvir’s Otzma Yehudit Party, Yitzhak Kreuzer, later dismissed the backlash, saying “I suggest to my colleagues in the opposition to calm down. Relations with our American friends are steel-clad.”

Kreuzer went on to highlight historical disagreements between Israeli and American figures, italicizing that these previous disagreements did not undermine the Israeli-American relationship.

“Over the years, countless differences of opinion have surfaced with the American government on security issues and policy,” Kreuzer said, going on to highlight past disagreements between leaders including Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter, Ariel Sharon and George Bush Jr., Richard Nixon and Golda Meir, and Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama.


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@IsraeliPM: RT by @mikenov: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks, at the start of the Government meeting: “Israel is a sovereign state. We great…

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks, at the start of the Government meeting:

“Israel is a sovereign state. We greatly appreciate the support that we have received from the Biden administration since the outbreak of the war”https://t.co/UgLGASx0CU

— Prime Minister of Israel (@IsraeliPM) February 4, 2024


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@all_israel_news: RT by @mikenov: Former #Mossad chief Yossi Cohen emerges as a strong contender for #Likud leadership and a potential successor to @net…

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Former #Mossad chief Yossi Cohen emerges as a strong contender for #Likud leadership and a potential successor to @netanyahu.
Cohen led Mossad’s covert mission to smuggle Iranian nuclear secrets from Tehran to Israel in 2018.#YossiCohen #LikudLeadershiphttps://t.co/RjpNLTqpVf

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Yossi Cohen – Former Mossad chief and future leader of Likud?

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| Published: February 4, 2024  

Benjamin Netanyahu is the longest-serving prime minister in Israel’s history. He entered his current term with high hopes of securing a peace deal with Saudi Arabia. 

However, he has also attracted a fair number of political critics and enemies throughout his tenure. Due to past disagreements, Netanyahu has had to partner with a couple of parties he might not have otherwise in order to form his coalition.

Protests against Netanyahu and his political partners began shortly after his most recent term began in 2023. Some question if we are seeing the end of the Netanyahu era in Israel. 

A recent survey published by Israel HaYom tackled the question head-on. The poll looked at how well the Likud party should expect to do in an election if Netanyahu is no longer the party head.

The survey asked specifically about three leaders: Benjamin Netanyahu, Nir Barkat (the former Jerusalem mayor), and Yossi Cohen (former Mossad chief). 

The survey results showed Netanyahu and Barkat garnering the same number of seats (19), while Cohen showed an increase in the number of seats to 22. 

Cohen was the director of Mossad, Israel’s Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations, during the secret mission to smuggle Iranian nuclear secrets out of Tehran and bring them to Israel in 2018. He also oversaw several high-profile assassinations. 

Before his tenure as Mossad chief, Cohen was Netanyahu’s national security advisor from 2013 until his appointment to Mossad director in 2015. He is considered to be one of the officials closest to Netanyahu. 

Cohen stepped down as Mossad chief in 2021 and was replaced by current Mossad Director David Barnea. According to Israeli policy, Cohen would be unable to enter politics for 3 years after leaving his position. That limitation expires in 2024, explaining his presence in the survey. 

The decision to put Cohen as head of Likud party affected the number of votes going to other parties, as well. 

With Cohen leading Likud, a greater percentage of current Likud voters would continue to vote for the party, with the rest moving to other parties. At the same time, he would garner a greater number of centrist voters who are willing to switch their vote to Likud. 

If Barkat leads the Likud, fewer would continue to vote for the party. He would bring in slightly fewer centrist votes and slightly more right-wing votes for Likud. If he becomes the leader of Likud, Barkat would draw away more voters from right-wing political parties, but reduce the overall coalition strength, while Cohen would attract slightly less right-wing votes, yet bring in more centrist votes. 

In either scenario, the current coalition would be too weak to form a ruling coalition, requiring a realignment of parties. According to Israeli political analysts, Cohen would likely have more success forming a coalition with the National Unity, Yesh Atid and Yisrael Beytenu political parties.

The same poll asked about a new party headed by Yossi Cohen and former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. The results showed that their collaboration would take a significant number of votes away from both centrist and right-wing parties, becoming one of the three largest political parties. 

During an interview Friday on Israel’s KAN 11 news, Cohen refused to say whether or now he plans to enter the political arena. 



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The FBI Tried (and Failed) To Frame Marilyn Monroe

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  • Marilyn Monroe’s relationships and political connections were closely monitored by the FBI due to her association with playwright Arthur Miller, who was under investigation for communist ties.
  • Despite pressure to end her relationship with Miller, Monroe stood by him during the House Un-American Activities Committee investigation and faced scrutiny from the FBI.
  • The FBI files on Monroe revealed suspicions about her company’s alleged communist affiliations and her friendship with political activist Frederick Vanderbilt Field, although no concrete evidence was found to support these claims.

“Clothes, fame, money, a future, all the publicity I could dream of,” once said Marilyn Monroe. As someone who was once the world’s biggest movie star, Monroe symbolized everything a young woman in the ’50s and ’60s desired: sex appeal, men falling at your feet, fame, and flowing wealth. It’s well known that she was the top-billed actress of her time and inspired America’s era of sexual revolution. Still, the blonde bombshell’s life was predominantly crowded with much more sadness than stable happiness. And this painful way of living had everything to do with the judgmental society she was entrapped in.

Like any woman, Marilyn Monroe sought real love in her life, although she struggled to find it throughout her three marriages. As if she hadn’t already suffered enough during her childhood, even her choices in husbands were scrutinized under a tight megascope. It was only when the larger-than-life sex symbol began an affair with American playwright Arthur Miller, that the U.S. government started to question her political views. Under the Freedom of Information Act in the 1980s, a 104-page FBI file that closely monitored the famed star’s movements was released to the public and then again reprocessed in 2012 which were posted in the FBI Records: The Vault. But what exactly did these files entail about the beloved Hollywood icon? Why did the FBI choose Monroe as a person of interest?

Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell on the Gentlemen Prefer Blondes movie poster

Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei’s fiancé, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers.

Why Did the Government Investigate Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller?

Born Norma Jeane Mortenson in 1926, Marilyn Monroe was married three times within her short life span: to next-door neighbor, Jim Dougherty from 1942 to 1946, to baseball pro Joe DiMaggio from 1954 to 1955, then to playwright Arthur Miller from 1956 to 1961. The screen star met the 20th-century screenwriter when she was just 30 years old through mutual director Elia Kazan. They met on the set of 1951’s As Young As You Feel when they were both still married to another spouse. According to Esquire, the couple only started a love affair after they split from their marriages, reconnecting in 1955, and soon they became a media frenzy.

The Gentlemen Prefer Blondes star and Miller got hitched on June 29, 1956, however, it was well before their wedding that the FBI stepped into the picture. As reported by Teen Vogue, Miller was being investigated by the U.S. government for being politically involved with communist ties. This was during the Cold War times in America. The government was cracking down on who was a loyal patriot or potential Communist traitor, especially figures in the public eye. The American playwright was very open with his opposed feelings towards fascism (he wrote a play called The Crucible in 1953 that spoke of an illusion to the accusations of “witchcraft”), nevertheless, the FBI set their eyes on Miller when they uncovered his interactive footprints with the Communist Party’s cultural and social front groups, as per Teen Vouge. It was only a matter of time before the government started to suspect Miller’s famed girlfriend of the same crimes.

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In 1956, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) commenced its investigation of Arthur Miller and subpoenaed the writer. During the interrogation process, Marilyn Monroe stuck to her boyfriend’s side throughout its entirety, supporting him as much as she could. She was at the height of her career, already having starred in successful films such as The Seven Year Itch and How To Marry a Millionaire. Vocalizing her political opinions could have turned her career upside down in a pinch. As per Esquire, the actress was advised by studies to end her romantic relationship with Arthur Miller as it most likely would degrade her reputation, but she refused to give in to the pressure. It was quite evident Monroe was in love with Miller, confessing her affection in love letters seen in Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters. During the trial, a gossip columnist noted Monroe as “the darling of the left wing intelligentsia, several of whom are listed as Red fronters.”

Also at this time, the cultural icon was suffering from depression and pill drug abuse, and matters turned more sour when Hollywood’s golden girl was accused of being intimately close to John F. Kennedy — loosely depicted in Netflix’s Blonde. The federal bureau couldn’t keep its sights off Marilyn Monroe, and soon, they opened a file on the star which followed her life for seven years, from 1955 until her death on August 5, 1962.

In May 1957, Arthur Miller was found guilty of contempt of Congress. Teen Vogue recounts that the American playwright was sentenced to a month in jail or to pay a $500 fine. His conviction was later appealed, but Miller was stripped of his US passport and blacklisted by Hollywood. Despite the outcome of the trial, the FBI kept monitoring Monroe’s life. The files released in the FBI Records: The Vault shed light on the extent of their obtrusive investigations. As reported in The Gothamist, the first anonymous tip-off to what the FBI files noted involved their suspicion of her company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, being ‘filled with communists.’ The FBI believed the money within the company was being used to aid communist activities with Arthur Miller at the lead of these transactions — this clue was revealed to have been called into the New York Daily News.

The files additionally expressed concern regarding Monroe’s friendship with Frederick Vanderbilt Field. As stated by Esquire, Filed was disowned by the wealthy Vanderbilt family and was pegged to be a political activist and writer, living in exile in Mexico, with affiliations of being a member of the Communist Party. The file details that Monroe’s therapist became worried about the actress’s time spent with the exiled activist which created dismay among her inner circle.

In defense of Monroe, many publications can now verify that it was common for actresses, at the time, to find themselves in situations where they must socialize with fellow celebrities like musicians or writers who just happened to be members of the Communist Party USA — this was particularly true after the events of World War II. But during the time of left-wing and right-wing tensions, there’s no doubt that the FBI cleverly utilized famed stars like Monroe to scare off others who might be hiding their real political views.

As the FBI files now prove, the bureau could never provide concrete evidence to frame Hollywood’s ’60s icon for their accusations. In July 1962, the file plainly states: “The subject’s views are very positively and concisely leftist; however, if she is being actively used by the Communist Party, it is not general knowledge among those working with the movement in Los Angeles.” Fans of the blonde bombshell have studied the many conspiracy theories regarding the star’s fatal “suicide” over the decades. Even the files show that the U.S. government knew about the theories behind her death yet didn’t take any action to investigate the claims. Author of The Marilyn Diaries Charles Casillo commented in a podcast titled “The Killing of Marilyn Monroe” that it was common knowledge Monroe “was a very, very deeply unhappy person” up until her death. It’s only right to honor the treasured star today by remembering her one-of-a-kind talent, warm heart, and efforts to fight for women’s rights to become independent within the film industry.

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Putin sparks chaos in Europe by jamming GPS on flights & ships with top secret electronic weapon, warns military chief

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VLADIMIR Putin is using a top-secret electronic warfare system to spark chaos in Europe, a top military chief has warned.

The weapon has reportedly been jamming GPS technology on flights and ships across the eastern flank of Nato, causing severe disruption.

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A surge in disruption to the GPS guiding system for air and sea traffic has been detected in Finland, The Baltic nations and Poland, Estonian Military chief Martin Harem told the Telegraph.

He added: “What we have seen is a malfunctioning of GPS for ships and air traffic.

“And we really do not know if they [Russia] want to achieve something or just practise and test their equipment.

Estonia is the first Nato country to call out the Kremlin over the alleged disruption.

The suspected electronic warfare system is said to be based in Russia’s military base in Kaliningrad, where Putin made a recent visit in a chilling taunt to the West.

It is a Russian enclave squeezed between Lithuania and Poland that was annexed from Germany in 1945 – and had been a strategic point for the Soviet Union during the Cold War Era.

Experts fear that in case of a war against Nato, Putin would start the attack from Kaliningrad.

According to Western intelligence reports, the fixed jamming system is called Tobol – and it is said to be one of less than ten weapons currently being used by Russia to spark a wage an electronic warfare.

The jamming system reportedly looks like a huge dish with an antenna.

The secret weapon transmits signals on the same frequency as the satellite, which prevents connected devices from receiving the legitimate signal, reports the Washington Post.

An electronic warfare expert Dr Thomas Withington told the Telegraph that the dish could be directed to disrupt GPS signals in multiple directions – which could be key to protect Kaliningrad as well as Russia from potential incoming missiles.

He argued that the system is rather defensive in nature – and is being used as a shield against Nato’s arsenal of satellite-guided missile systems.

“This may surprise some people but I think, ostensibly, it’s defensive,” he added.

“The Russian military is highly concerned by Global navigation satellite system weapons.”

At the moment, however, the secret weapon is rather being used against commercial airliners and other sea vessels.

Recently there have been reports of planes suddenly dropping off tracking sites – likely due to their GPS being disrupted.

Experts warned that this could cause severe damage to the shipping industry, as they could collide due to not being able to see each other on navigation systems.


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@papel_em_branco: Após o ataque de Ben Gvir a Biden Major Nimrod Sheffer: A entrevista de Ben Gvir ao @WSJ é um ataque político a Israel Qualquer Premier o teria expulsado, mas não @netanyahu q está pronto a sacrificar a nossa relação com “O nosso aliado mais importante para permanecer no poder.” https://t.co/e1vL4JXkWJ

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Após o ataque de Ben Gvir a Biden
Major Nimrod Sheffer:
A entrevista de Ben Gvir ao @WSJ é um ataque político a Israel
Qualquer Premier o teria expulsado, mas não @netanyahu q está pronto a sacrificar a nossa relação com
“O nosso aliado mais importante para permanecer no poder.” pic.twitter.com/e1vL4JXkWJ

— Nina 🇧🇷🍉 (@papel_em_branco) February 4, 2024


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