ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON NETANYAHU, OR PR STUNT?

Netanyahu's security team claims it has thwarted an assassination plot on the Zionist leader.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a news conference in his office in Jerusalem on April 23, 2009. Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz unveiled measures to revive a flagging economy, including doubling loan guarantees for banks and cutting corporate taxes. (UPI Photo/Ammar Awad/Pool)
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TEL AVIV – Israeli media have moments ago made public a claim made by Israel’s intelligence services that Netanyahu’s security team has thwarted an assassination plot on the Zionist leader.

However, the timing of the announcement alongside the lack of any realized attempt, casts doubts upon this claim. The Zionist leader has a history of outlandish public relations stunts, ranging from bizarre chauvinistic and anti-Iranian presentations to the UN, to any series of questionable assertions made in the Israeli PM’s hundreds of televised interviews on domestic Israeli television.

The timing of the claim problematically coincides with Netanyahu’s  current visit to Europe to discuss the Iranian nuclear deal. A meeting is scheduled with French President Emmanuel Macron today after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with whom Netanyahu met on Monday.

The Israeli media, citing the country ‘s counterintelligence, announced that the Israeli security forces neutralized a “terrorist” cell in East Jerusalem that was allegedly preparing an attack on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“In recent weeks we have detected and disposed of a terrorist-controlled terrorist cell in Syria planning the assassination of the [Israeli] leadership,” reads Israeli counterintelligence documents.

“The investigation established that, according to instructions obtained from abroad, cell members planned to carry out large-scale terrorist attacks against a number of targets, including senior Israeli politicians such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.”

According to the investigation, Muhammad Jamal Rashdah of the Shuafat refugee camp, a former prisoner with an Israeli identity card, began collecting data on these targets, which would also include the delegation of Canadian representatives in Jerusalem and buildings belonging to the US consulate.

The suspects in the attack were arrested; the charges against them were filed on May 27th.

“The detention of the suspects has frustrated a significant terrorist activity,” said the Israeli Security Agency (ASI).

The news follows escalating tensions between Israelis and Palestinians amidst the rally of the Great March of Return. Palestinian protests began in Gaza on March 30.

The situation worsened on May 14th, when more than 60 unarmed Palestinians were murdered by Israeli forces, and more than 2,700 wounded protesting the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

Israel has not technically blamed the Syrian government for the planned assassination attempt, but the reference to ‘Syria’ is meant obviously to justify Israels’ anti-Syria line. It is unlikely the Syrian government were involved in the assassination attempt for many reasons which are known to experts.

But among these reasons is that even if such an attempt were successful, it would not change the Likud domination of Israel’s political process, nor would it effect the Israeli deep-state’s long-term plans such as the Yinon Plan.

Syria is preoccupied fighting a war against terrorist forces, who although are supported by Israel, is also supported by Turkey and several gulf monarchies, and  Saudi Arabia.

On the other hand, for Netanhayu to engage in such a ‘stunt’, and is timed to be revealed while he is on Europe, is meant to create the victimological discourse which the entire Israeli raison d’être rests upon.

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