Lewinsky scandal created to thwart Israeli peace
On January 16th Clinton insists Netanyahu pursue peace.
On January 17th report of Monika Lewinsky appears in Non Mainstream News.
On 20th January Clinton meets Netanyahu
On 21st January Monika scandal hits the Washington Post
From the 26th January onwards Clinton was preoccupied with impeachment and the Lewinsky scandal
Clinton Will Insist Netanyahu Stick to Palestinian Issues
By STEVEN ERLANGER
Published: Friday, January 16, 1998
The Clinton Administration, signaling that it will not be diverted from pressing for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, has made it clear to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel that his meeting with President Clinton on Tuesday morning should focus on the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. –New York Times—
Denial and subsequent admission
News of the scandal first broke on January 17, 1998, on the Drudge Report website:
Web Posted: 01/17/98 21:32:02 PST -- NEWSWEEK KILLS STORY ON WHITE HOUSE INTERN X X X X X BLOCKBUSTER REPORT: 23-YEAR OLD, FORMER WHITE HOUSE INTERN, SEX RELATIONSHIP WITH PRESIDENT
Remarks by President Clinton and Prime Minister Netanyahu at the Oval Office, 20 January 1998.
Question: Who do you think is breaching the agreement more severely, more seriously? The Israelis or the Palestinians?
President Clinton: I don’t think it’s fruitful to discuss that. I think what we ought to talk about is what both sides can do now to get the peace process moving again. That’s the most important thing.
From Wikipedia again:
The story broke in the mainstream press on January 21 in The Washington Post.
Clinton Accused of Urging Aide to Lie
By Susan Schmidt, Peter Baker
and Toni Locy
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, January 21, 1998; Page A1
Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr has expanded his investigation of President Clinton to examine whether Clinton and his close friend Vernon Jordan encouraged a 24-year-old former White House intern to lie to lawyers for Paula Jones about whether the intern had an affair with the president, sources close to the investigation said yesterday
Would elements of the Israeli lobby scupper the President to further their own interests?