Israel Breaks Silence: Khashoggi Murder “Horrendous” But Iran The Bigger Problem – Netanyahu

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

One interesting outcome to the Saudis brazenly murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi is that world leaders and the determined allies of Saudi Arabia have dropped all pretense of finesse when discussing the matter, such as when President Trump told Fox News last month that while Khashoggi’s death was tragic and should be investigated, the prospect of blocking arms sales to the kingdom is “very tough pill to swallow for our country” because American jobs are on the line.

Another world leader who’s been blunt on ensuring his relationship with the Saudis weather the storm of media and international outrage is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who argued in public statements this week that while the killing of the Saudi journalist at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was “horrendous,” stability in Saudi Arabia is vital to global security.

Israel Breaks Silence: Khashoggi Murder "Horrendous" But Iran The Bigger Problem - Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference as part of the quadrilateral Summit Greece-Bulgaria-Romania-Serbia in Bulgaria this week. via EPA

Netanyahu spoke at the Craiova Forum — a summit in Bulgaria —  alongside the president of Serbia and the prime ministers of Bulgaria, Greece, and Romania.

Netanyahu’s frank assessment of the Khashoggi affair were as follows, according to Haaretz:

What happened in the Istanbul consulate was horrendous, and it should be duly dealt with. Yet at the same time I say that it is very important for the stability of the world, of the region and of the world, that Saudi Arabia remains stable.

The Israeli prime minister further stressed that “the larger problem is Iran.” He explained that blocking Iranian “terrorism” is imperative for the security of Europe, and specifically mentioned Israel helping thwart recent “terrorist attacks” in Paris and Copenhagen, which he claimed had Iranian intelligence’s backing and planning.

“Blocking Iran is uppermost in our agenda for security” Netanyahu said during the summit.

According to Middle East Eye it constituted the first time Israeli officials have taken a public stance on the issue, and the silence has been deafening:

For the past month, while governments and media outlet around the world sounded a drumbeat of shock and dismay over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, all that could be heard on the subject from Israel was the sound of crickets. Israeli columnist Ben Caspit said his country’s leadership was avoiding the subject “like the plague”.

It appears no Israeli politician wants to say anything for fear of offending that country’s latest Arab bromantic partner, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Bin Salman, according to many analysts, would have had to have ordered the murder of a figure as prominent as Khashoggi.

But this week’s Netanyahu comments are hugely significant in that Israel has now gone public in sticking by MbS.

This follows statements last month that hinted at the issue without expressly naming the Saudis or Khashoggi, when Netanyahu opened an October 15 parliamentary session at the Knesset by addressing his familiar theme of “Iranian expansion” in Syria, lamenting some of the public heat and attention had been taken off Tehran for a time due to the Saudi issue: “We must act against the Iranian regime in Syria,” Netanyahu said.

This is Israel essentially continuing to tell the West to “keep your eye on the ball” regards Iran. Likely Western leaders’ attention is already beginning to shift back to Iran as crippling U.S. sanctions are set to snap back on November 5.

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  • Hrky75

    I for one agree with Bibi. Saudis are inbred morons that can’t even win a war against sandal wearing Houti tribesmen. They are only dangerous to their own population, their Filipino servants and their numerous cousins in particular. Iranians on the other hand helped defeat one of the costliest and most complex regime change operation in recent history right on the border of Israel. Bibi has every reason to shit his pants and scream bloody murder – and that’s just about all he can do. Shooting war with Iran would be a costly affair for Israel and maybe just the defeat they need to start seeing some sense. Only if he could find a way to make American lose their children fighting Israeli wars – again…

    • BPGSJLBDLSE

      There is more to it than that. Any Zionist attack against Iran will need access to Saudi airspace, even if only for refueling. There is evidence that Saudi was being encouraged to the Russian side (potential S-400, nuke power plants for when the oil runs out, etc, etc). Those deals will not be isolated. The provision of S-400s allowing Saudi to defend itself against the Zionists, will only go ahead following concrete proof of a renunciation of the support of terrorism and negotiation with Iran. The Saudi move to the OBOR side will also have implications for the US petrodollar status, which is based on Saudi (primarily) selling oil for USD and exchanging those USD (mainly) for expensive under-performing USMICSHIT. And that is all the US produces, expensive under- or non-functional weapons designed for profit not actual use in a real war. Once Saudi goes OBOR then goodbye USD and goodbye all the freebies for the Zionist state. The Khashoggi false flag is the first step in a US-originated regime change plan to prevent that.

      • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

        whats OBOR?

        • Ivan Freely

          China’s multi-trillion dollar trade project. OBOR = One Belt One Road, or as some call it, Silk Road v2.0. You might read the acronym BRI (Belt Road Initiative) to describe the same thing.

          • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

            ah yes thanks!

    • d’Artagnan

      Actually, Zionists and Wahhabis are both British created evils and tend to support each other, so Nutter Yahoo is just expressing his support for his headchopper allies.

  • TiredOfBsToo

    When it comes to terrorism, the biggest problem in the world is the terrorist governments of the theocratic states of Saudi Arabia and Israel. Without these 2 heavily funded countries, whose money is seen forever using the West to terrorize the Middle East along with the direct involvement of these 2 parasitic governments, the people of the Middle East might actually get to pursue their own peaceful existence.

  • alejoeisabel

    Zionist Israel is the Frankenstein monster whom the Rothschild banking behemoths created. If you do not believe in the virulence of nationalist fascism, and you do not see Israel leading the United States into a death trap, you are beyond hope.

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    really nutty yahoo? a country fighting the shithadists that saudi arabia the country that killed khashoggi helped create is the bigger problem??

  • qveenz

    Well; Craiova is in Romania not in Bulgaria please fix this

  • H Eccles

    “Another world leader who’s been…. bla bla bla bla… is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”

    oh please.. spare us the crap!.. he’s an illegal squatter who leads a nation of illegal squatters.
    That’s all he is.

  • Andrei

    Let me tell what it my happen..
    US THE BIGGEST CORRUPT AND THE MAIN SUPPORTER OF MAJORITY OF TERRORIST, will unleash new sanctions against IRAN , it will mostly affect normal citizen, millions of people really hate America for the way how they behave international…..
    For US Army’s and US government is just collateral IF YOU KILL A BABY OR A CHILD OR A INNOCENT PERSON. What they don’t understand is eventually will come a time when they will not be capable of continuing this wars around the world and then “” the Countries””which they destroy in theirs conquests for natural resources will come together and will Revenge themselves. ….. I personally advice America to change it policies around the world and not to start wars and kill millions of people if a Government doesn’t behave nicely. Because people they will go against””” YOU”””
    If you look back at the history you will see empires

  • Tommy Jensen

    The real problem is Iran´s $42 trillion oil/gas reserves and their unwillingness to give it to Zion.
    Thats a problem.
    The Saudi´s should just have done it in a more silent way.

  • GogMagog

    And the biggest problem is IAMhell itself.