November 30, 2013
THE GREATEST danger to
This is not a uniquely Israeli phenomenon. A great many of the world’s leaders
are plain stupid, and always have been. Enough to look at what happened in
But lately, Binyamin Netanyahu and almost the entire Israeli political establishment have achieved a new record in foolishness.
LET US start from the end.
The image of
What Netanyahu and
Much has been said about the total dependence of
All nations, especially the smaller and poorer ones, know that to enter the halls of the American Sultan, in order to get aid and support, they have to bribe the doorkeeper. The bribe may be political (privileges from their ruler), economic (raw materials). diplomatic (votes in the UN), military (a base or intelligence “cooperation”), or whatever. If it is big enough, AIPAC will help to gain support from Congress.
This unparalleled asset rests solely on the perception of
ISRAELI POLITICIANS, like most of their colleagues elsewhere, are not well versed in world history. They are party hacks who spend their lives in political intrigues. If they had studied history, they would not have built for themselves the trap into which they have now fallen.
I am tempted to boast that more than two years ago I wrote that any military
attack on Iran, either by Israel or the US, is impossible But it was not
prophesy, inspired by some unknown deity. It was not even very clever. It was
just the result of a simple look at the map. The
Any military action against
The military option is not “off the table” – it never was “on the table”. It was an empty pistol, and the Iranians knew this well.
The loaded weapon was the sanctions regime. It hurt the people. It convinced the supreme leader, Ali Husseini Khamenei, to completely change the regime and install a new and very different president.
The Americans realized this, and acted accordingly. Netanyahu, obsessed with the bomb, did not. Worse, he still does not.
If it is a symptom of madness to keep trying something that has failed again and again, we should start to worry about “King Bibi”.
TO SAVE itself from the image of utter failure, AIPAC has started to order its senators and congressmen to work out new sanctions to be instituted in some indefinite future.
The new leitmotif of the Israeli propaganda machine is that
This might be effective, because it is based on deeply rooted racism. Bazaar is a Persian word, associated in the European mind with haggling and deception.
But the Israeli conviction that the Iranians are cheating is based on a more
robust foundation: our own behavior. When
By sheer coincidence – or perhaps not –
In the program, Milchan boasted of his work for Lakam, the Israeli intelligence agency which handled Jonathan Pollard. (Since then it has been dismantled). Lakam specialized in scientific espionage, and Milchan did invaluable service in procuring in secret and under false pretences the materials needed for the nuclear program which produced the Israeli bombs.
Milchan hinted at his admiration for the South African apartheid regime and at
A third party was the Shah of
Israeli leaders and scientists went to very great length to hide their nuclear activities. The Dimona reactor building was disguised as a textile factory. Foreigners brought to tour Dimona were deceived by false walls, hidden floors and such.
Therefore, when our leaders speak of deception, cheating and misleading, they know what they are talking about. They respect the Persian ability to do the same, and are quite convinced that this will happen. So are practically all Israelis, and especially the media commentators.
ONE OF the more bizarre aspects of the American-Israeli crisis is the Israeli
complaint that the
If there were an international prize for chutzpah, this would be a strong contender.
The “world’s only superpower” had secret communications with an important
country, and only belatedly informed
The real agreement, so it seems, was not hammered out in the many hours of
Our government, by the way, did not omit to boast that it knew about this all
the time from its own intelligence sources. It hinted that these were Saudi. I
would rather suspect that it came from one of our numerous informants inside the
Be that as it may, the assumption is that the
PRESIDENT OBAMA has obviously decided that sanctions and military threats can only go so far. I think he is right.
A proud nation does not submit to open threats. Faced with such a challenge, a nation tends to draw together in patriotic fervor and support its leaders, disliked as they may be. We Israelis would. So would any other nation.
Obama is banking on the Iranian regime-change that has already started. A new
generation, which sees on the social media what is happening around the world,
wants to take part in the good life. Revolutionary fervor and ideological
orthodoxy fade with time, as we Israelis know only too well. It happened in our
kibbutzim, it happened in the Soviet Union, it happens in
SO WHAT should we do? My advice would simply be: if you can’t beat them, join them.
Stop the Netanyahu obsession. Embrace the
History shows that yesterday’s friends may be today’s enemies, and today’s
enemies can be tomorrow’s allies. It already happened once between
We need a change of leadership, like the one
As they say in Yiddish: The fools would have been amusing, if they had not been our fools.