Netanyahu’s “Poodle,” Mattis in Israel to Take Instructions

As America enters the lowest ebb in its history


The Israeli minister for military affairs, Avigdor Lieberman (R) welcomes US Defense Secretary James Mattis (C) in Tel Aviv, April 21, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
The Israeli minister for military affairs, Avigdor Lieberman (R) welcomes US Defense Secretary James Mattis

US Defense Secretary General James Mattis has arrived in Israel for talks expected to focus on Iran and Syria as well the strategic relations between Tel Aviv and Washington.

Mattis arrived in Tel Aviv Thursday afternoon from Cairo on the third leg of a week-long tour of the US allies in the Middle East.

Marking the first time he has visited Israel as the Pentagon chief, Mattis was greeted by an official honor guard at army headquarters in Tel Aviv on Friday morning.

He then met the Israeli minister for military affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, and is scheduled to hold talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin.

Mattis hopes to hear directly from Israeli leaders their concerns about regional issues, with Iran’s influence topping the list.

‘No doubt Syria has chemical weapons’

The conflict in Syria, where the US and Israel seek to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power, is also on the agenda, according to the prime minister’s office.

Israel was one of the first US allies to salute President Donald Trump for a recent missile strike on a Syrian airbase, where they alleged a suspected chemical attack originated.

Speaking during a press conference with Lieberman on Friday, Mattis said there can be “no doubt” that Syria has retained some chemical weapons and warned President Assad not to use them.

“There can be no doubt in the international community’s mind that Syria has retained chemical weapons in violation of its agreement and its statement that it had removed them all. There is no longer any doubt,” he said.

The US, Israel and Saudi Arabia have been pushing to overthrow the Syrian government through the use of proxy militant forces in the country.

Iran has been lending advisory support to Syria in its battle against the foreign-backed militants, but has avoided direct military involvement in the conflict.

Known as the “Mad Dog,” Mattis has famously said the three gravest threats to US national security were “Iran, Iran, Iran.”

While in Riyadh on Wednesday, the Pentagon chief reiterated the Trump administration’s position that Iran seeks to “destabilize” the region.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis meets Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) in Riyadh, April 19, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

He told reporters after meeting with senior Saudi officials that “everywhere you look if there is trouble in the region, you find Iran.”

US-Israeli ties reached a low point over the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers, including the United States.

Former President Barack Obama pushed for the agreement, to the dismay of Netanyahu who argued it would only strengthen Iran in the region.

Israeli leaders were emboldened by the election of Donald Trump, who has described the nuclear accord as “the worst deal ever negotiated” and threatened to “rip it up.”

In his latest criticism on Thursday, Trump blasted the deal as “a terrible agreement” that “shouldn’t have been signed,” and accused Iran of “not living up” to its spirit.

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12 Responses to "Netanyahu’s “Poodle,” Mattis in Israel to Take Instructions"

  1. drbhelthi  April 22, 2017 at 11:20 am

    One wonders how long former general Mattis will submit his personal honor to subordinates of an international tyrant with HQ in Tel Aviv?

  2. Nexus789  April 21, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    The US is though the world’s most powerful poodle.

  3. joetv  April 21, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Hey! In Israel is a welcoming honor guard staffed by real Israelis? I know the Saudis hire Phillipino stand ins’ cheap. Maybe it’s all CGI stuff. Just saying…Hollywood and all that jazz.
    Mattis is the new Cartman.
    Who swallows? Liebeman or Mattis? That is the question. Sloppy seconds anyone.

  4. natashav  April 21, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Interesting that it seems everyone who is in charge of anything is OUT OF THE COUNTRY.
    Comey in NZ?
    Trump scheduled to be at the ASEAN next week?
    Mattis in Israel?

    Maybe they really are planning 9/11 Part Deux on April 26?

  5. JohnZ  April 21, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Is Mattis going to be wearing brown lipstick when he kneels down behind Bibi? Ole Mad Dog and I ain’t talkin’ about that cheap wine we used to drink, will soon be exercising his lips on Bibi’s behind.
    Our only hope is that Mattis’ plane gets shot down somewhere over the middle east.

  6. Peter Johnson  April 21, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    The first thing Iran will hit if it’s attacked — by whoever: the US, Saudi, Israel, whoever — is Tel Aviv. Israel will become Isn’trael.

    • Khalid Talaat  April 21, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      Greetings PJ… Israhell will be aborted all right. I bet you, after a false flag involved with Russia. This is why providence has Russia a short missile hop from Tel Aviv.

    • JohnZ  April 21, 2017 at 5:12 pm

      Bibi go boom!

  7. Trakkath  April 21, 2017 at 8:41 am

    They do it like Jesuit Josef Goebbels, telling lies over and over again, simple but usefull. But it will never become the truth.

  8. David Odell  April 21, 2017 at 8:27 am

    When someone has a friend who is always involved in Drama and chaos, that friend is destined to have limited sway as the “crying wolf” syndrome gets tiring for anyone. We should pull every weapon, dollar and person out of the entire Middle East. It is insane foreign policy to have perpetual war for the benefit of some pretend religion. It is a classic case of monetary fraud and the teenage girl who gets her way by creating unnecessary drama.

  9. davor  April 21, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Mattis is the most sought for ‘best man’ at Shia weddings throughout the Middle East.

  10. kaho  April 21, 2017 at 7:21 am

    I thought this
    was a good (or at least interesting) analysis of the foreign policy : How to sow discord between China and Russia. But I am not sure exactly how the Iran-Israel situation fits into the larger scheme. Evidently Israel gives Trump some leverage vis-à-vis Russia. But I think it might work the other way too.

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