Netanyahu’s warhawk blustering is understandable to anyone who follows Israeli internal politics. Following the erosion of his coalition government he rushed through a series of austerity measures that, as Agency France Press reported in August, caused “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's popularity [to] [plummet] to its lowest point since his election in 2009 after he pushed through a series of tough austerity measures, a poll showed yesterday.
Asked if they were satisfied or dissatisfied with Netanyahu's performance as prime minister, 60 percent said they were unhappy, while 31 percent said the opposite.”
By and large this, as well as his Sunday morning appearances on U.S talk shows today, is an effort to distract from his domestic problems.
At the time I wrote this (about 2:30 pm) little did I know that my argument would be substantially reinforced later the same evening.
Last night on CBS’s flagship news magazine 60 Minutes Meir Dagan, former head of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, termed calls for a military attack on Iran’s nuclear program the "stupidest idea [I've] ever heard."
So the next time you hear Netanyahu making his dire predictions and Republican politicians and conservative media here in America jumping on board, remember what their respective motives are for fostering another campaign based on exaggerated fears.