Monday, September 17, 2012

Don’t Buy Netanyahu’s Iran Scare

Benjamin Netanyahu
Yesterday afternoon I wrote the following as a comment in regard to another post:

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.”

Meir Dagan
In light of this he has moved aggressively on promoting the Iranian nuclear threat, a view not shared to any similar extent by his own military or intelligence services. Clearly this is an effort to solidify his conservative Likud Party base as well as mobilize American conservative Jewish supporters and contributors.

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.


  1. Once again you have shown that you are the smartest and best informed political analysts on the local scene. Your insight into what the Israeli Prime Minister’s true motives are and why national Republicans and Conservatives are glomming onto the “bomb Iran” bandwagon has outpaced even the national political pundits.

    1. Thank you. I'm sure I will hear from those who feel otherwise.

  2. Netan-yahoo was spawned in the same pressure cooker as Romney. They worked together at Bain and company. He is a self serving as Romney and you can be sure that if Romney is elected the United States will become a tool of Israel policy that will cost American lives and further diminish our standing in the world.

  3. Your all namby pamby cowards.
    Bibi is right. Iran is the new nazi Germany.
    This what you Obama loving liberals are doing, you are selling us out to the muslims.

  4. It’s also been reported that Romney & Netanyahu share a “mutual buddy”, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, one of Romney's most generous financial backers who, incidentally, also bankrolls the ardent lover, pro-Netanyahu [Israel Hayom Daily].

    Sheldon Adelson is listed in Forbes 400 as the 8th wealthiest American. His personal wealth is estimated to be "$24.9 Billion" as of March 2012.

    One interesting response came from [Time Magazine] columnist, Joe Klein, who accused the Israeli Leader of not only trying to sway the U.S. election but of also trying to shunt the country into a war with Iran. Joe Klein was quoted as saying; "Netanyahu's recent behavior is outrageous”.

    Source Article Titled:

    "Facing Criticism, Netanyahu Denies Interfering in U.S. Vote" - Friday, 9/14/2012

    (B. Netanyahu speaks during a joint news conference with his Bulgarian counterpart Boiko Borisov).


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