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Patrick Buchanan to Newsmax TV: Trump Emboldens UK, Israel

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 August 2019 07:29 PM

President Donald Trump is ostensibly emboldening world leaders in Britain and Israel, according to Pat Buchanan, who was President Ronald Reagan's Wbite House communications director.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is making a "Trumpian move" on a no-deal Brexit and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is parlaying America's backing to win a proxy war in the Middle East, Buchanan told Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

"I think the odds are arising that there could be a clash" in the Middle East amid Israel's recent unprovoked strikes in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, Buchanan told Wednesday's "Newsmax Now."

"What concerns me is if these militias attempt reprisals against Israel or against us because we're near them and they blame them, you could have the United States in another war, proxy war against Iranian elements in Iraq and Syria."

Netanyahu is aggressive because he knows a pro-Israel administration has its back against terror and Iran, he added.

"And this is not a war we want, but Netanyahu feels he's pretty much got a free hand and they're not going to strike him – and, if they do, he's perfectly capable of handling himself and he can bring the Americans in," Buchanan told host John Bachman.

"Hezbollah doesn't want a war with Israel or with us. Syria certainly does not. Iran does not. We don't want a war with them. So they're going to hold back. But I don't know how you can hold back if Israel is striking them again and again when they haven't struck first.

"And if it turns into a shooting war, as it has in the Middle East many times, I think Netanyahu figures his whole card is the Americans are going to come in on his side, and his enemies believe [U.S.] will come in on his side and he will thus win the war."

As for the U.K.'s Johnson, he is suspending parliament to keep it from discussing a Brexit deal for a month this fall, "when Britain crashes out of the E.U.," Buchanan said.

"This is a Trumpian move," Buchanan said. "Boris has strapped on his guns and he's headed to the O.K. Corral.

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