Former Secretary Of State Tillerson Says Trump Was ‘Played’ By Netanyahu

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with United U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 15, 2017 (Photo Credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)

Washington – Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump was “played” by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on numerous occasions.

“[The Israelis] did that with the president on a couple of occasions, to persuade him that ‘We’re the good guys, they’re the bad guys,” said Tillerson in a 90-minute discussion at Harvard University, likely referring to the Palestinians.

Tillerson, who served as the nation’s top diplomat from January 2017 to March 2018 after leading ExxonMobil, labeled Netanyahu, who is currently fighting for his political life after Tuesday’s elections, “an extraordinarily skilled” politician and statesman who is “a bit Machiavellian,” but cultivates “useful” relationships with world leaders.

“In dealing with Bibi, it’s always useful to carry a healthy amount of skepticism in your discussions with him,” said Tillerson, adding that the Israelis will give “misinformation” to convince the United States of something, if necessary.

Regarding the Middle East peace process, Tillerson said, “I did believe that we were at a moment in time where perhaps we could chart a way where the Arab world could support an outcome that the Palestinians might not think was perfect—and in the past, if it wasn’t perfect, it didn’t happen—but with enough encouragement, pressure from the Arab world, that we could get it close enough that the Palestinians would finally agree,” he said. “And in my view, it was a two-state solution.”

On the Iranian attack on two Saudi Aramco facilities on Sept. 14, the former ExxonMobil CEO said, “I have no doubt we’re going to find Iran’s fingerprints on this attack, but we may not find their hands on it.”

It means to insinuate, he noted, that the United States should go to the U.N. Security Council and seek a global coalition to impose sanctions on Iran, as opposed to enacting sanctions unilaterally.

(JNS)

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Tilerson the Texas old school republican is hold over from that bush 41 / James baker anti smelte club .

    He is also full of it and a liar . We all know the truth Trump sees thru those Muslim animals . He knows that the Palestinians preach hate and murder . Trump hates Muslims and rightfully so . You don’t need Bibi to convince trump who is right . Trumps instincts are good and screwed on straight . Tilerson was a failure

  2. What a moron, good riddance
    “I have no doubt we’re going to find Iran’s fingerprints on this attack, but we may not find their hands on it.”
    That is just a moronic contradictory sentence.

    • Wait so just explain your comment a bit more to me . So when you say heil trump does that mean that Bibi needed to convince or fool trump that the Palestinians are wrong ? You really think he likes them ?

      Do you really believe the garbage you post ? Isn’t trump an ohev yisroel? Hasn’t he been good to us ? He doesn’t like his frum daughter ? He is really a Nazis ? Why shouldn’t I support a president that supports my brothers ?

  3. Tillerson is an ex-exxon ceo and exxon is no friend of Israel or heJews. during ww ii standard oil of New jersey sold petroleum to the Nazis

  4. Bibi fault is that he thinks he is smarter than he really is. It s sad for me who witnessed the killing of Yidden in Ghetto Lodz and in Buchenwald to witness this spectacle in Erez Yisroel

    • THIS IS OLD YELLER BACK TO SAY YOU NEED TO USE THE REPLY BUTTON, DOTARD! NO MORE OF THIS NONSENSE, PLEASE. GO BACK TO YOUR HOME IN RUSSIA AND USE THAT HELMET YOUR FATHER LEFT IN THE BASEMENT! MAYBE THAT WILL FIX YOU SO YOU FINALLY LEARN HOW TO CLICK A REPLY BUTTON!

  5. Tillerson is not a bad guy. I thought that he was a competent Secretary of State. Unfortunately, he and Trump did not get along with each other, as there was constant friction between the two. Kindly note that just because someone criticizes Bibi, it does not mean that he is an enemy of ours. There are many Israelis who can’t stand Bibi, and who voted against him. Personally, I think that it is time for a change, as fresh leadership in needed in Eretz Yisrael. I hope that my opinion will be respected, and I won’t receive a barrage of nasty responses. Toda Rabah! Shabbat Sholom!

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