I bet Jeffrey Goldberg got paid a lot of money to puke this into the mainstream media. They flew him into Israel, set him up to interview that psychopathic nutjob Bibi, and he greedily swallowed everything Bibi said and wrote it all down so that supposedly smart liberal people in America would pay to read it and pat themselves on the back for being thoughtful and following foreign policy. Tell me something, o wise editors of The Atlantic, why don’t you send someone who isn’t a lickspittle for Israel next time? Just a thought.
In an interview conducted shortly before he was sworn in today as prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu laid down a challenge for Barack Obama. The American president, he said, must stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weaponsâ€”and quicklyâ€”or an imperiled Israel may be forced to attack Iranâ€™s nuclear facilities itself. [Does the American president report to Bibi?]
â€œThe Obama presidency has two great missions: fixing the economy, and preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons,â€ Netanyahu told me. [Bibi sets our national priorities evidently.] He said the Iranian nuclear challenge represents a â€œhinge of historyâ€ and added that â€œWestern civilizationâ€ will have failed if Iran is allowed to develop nuclear weapons. [Ohh. Drama.]
In unusually blunt language, [Actually, there's absolutely nothing unusual about it.] Netanyahu said of the Iranian leadership, â€œYou donâ€™t want a messianic apocalyptic cult controlling atomic bombs. When the wide-eyed believer gets hold of the reins of power and the weapons of mass death, then the entire world should start worrying, and that is what is happening in Iran.â€
Pure projection. Israelis are the “messianic apocalyptic cult” controlling undisclosed nuclear weapons, the weapons of mass death. Will Jeffrey notice? Let’s see what he writes next….
History teaches Jews that threats against their collective existence should be taken seriously, and, if possible, preempted, he suggested. [And surely Jeffrey agrees!] In recent years, the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has regularly called for Israel to be â€œwiped off the map,â€ and the supreme Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, this month called Israel a â€œcancerous tumor.â€[And no, Jeffrey has never heard or read anything to debunk these scandalous claims, like this.] But Netanyahu also said that Iran threatens many other countries apart from Israel, and so his mission over the next several months is to convince the world of the broad danger posed by Iran. [And Jeffrey is there to help!] One of his chief security advisers, Moshe Yaâ€™alon, told me that a nuclear Iran could mean the end of American influence in the Middle East. â€œThis is an existential threat for Israel, but it will be a blow for American interests, especially on the energy front. Who will dominate the oil in the regionâ€”Washington or Tehran?â€ [Is that a threat or a promise?]
And it goes on and on like this. Bibi says of Iran:
â€œSince the dawn of the nuclear age, we have not had a fanatic regime that might put its zealotry above its self-interest. People say that theyâ€™ll behave like any other nuclear power. Can you take the risk? Can you assume that?â€
â€œYou see a country that glorifies blood and death, including its own self-immolation.â€
These statements go unchallenged. Projection? What is that?
Neither Netanyahu nor his principal military advisers would suggest a deadline for American progress on the Iran nuclear program, though one aide said pointedly that Israeli time lines are now drawn in months, â€œnot years.â€ These same military advisers told me that they believe Iranâ€™s defenses remain penetrable, and that Israel would not necessarily need American approval to launch an attack. â€œThe problem is not military capability, the problem is whether you have the stomach, the political will, to take action,â€ one of his advisers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told me.
Why do Bibi and his military advisors think they are in a position to “suggest a deadline for American progress” on Iran’s nuclear program? Oh that’s because they are!!! But it’s rude to notice, and anti-semitic besides, so Jeffrey helpfully didn’t notice, because Jeffrey in all likelihood puts Israel’s interests above America’s interests, too, and he’s certainly no anti-semite or self-hating Jew. So you see, there’s nothing wrong with Bibi’s statements whatsoever. Some people find them very tasty.