SETTING THE SCENE
Netanyahu is without doubt an expert (some say, a propagandist) on Israel in recent decades, and he aimed for his target. He was speaking in Washington, D.C., but his audience was his own pasty in Israel. The press released from his office reported that Netanyahu presented the Associated Press with photos that showed body parts strewn among pizza from a suicide attack at a Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem. “Fifty years ago we defeated the Nazis with the consensus that the Nazi should be condemned…”
When Hamas won the Palestinian elections in January 2006, Netanyahu rushed to announce that we had a new tzorer, a term used to describe the very worst of Israel’s historic enemies, like Hitler. All Netanyahu’s enemies are super enemies, and he and President Bush lead the free world against these frightening creatures. Many years of propaganda like this, using historically laden terminology, have resulted in perpetual hysteria: everything is a sign of fate and we are hanging in the balance, between existence and annihilation.
Propaganda tells us that we await total destruction or salvation, with nothing in between. The war of 1948 was a significant as the ones in 1956 and 1967. Who could envy the similarity between three weeks of anxious siege preceding the Six-Day War and the Shoah’s ghettos and camps? Was the country’s fate not hanging in the balance in the Yom Kippur War of 1973?
When the Egyptians seized some Israeli posts on the Suez Canal in October 1973, defense minister Moshe Dayan, the great general, talked about the possible destruction of the Third Temple! Netanyahu operates on prepared, cultivated ground saturated with absolute evil, where the Jews are perpetually fighting for their survival.
Avraham Burg The Holocaust Is Over; We Must Rise From Its Ashes (2008)
NETANYAHU SPEAKS BEFORE THE HOUSE & SENATE THAT CITIZENS UNITED BUILT
Don’t be distracted by the clairvoyance in Mr. Netanyahu’s bellicosity toward Iran; condescension toward Obama; Congress’ standing ovations. Candidate Netanyahu was playing to Israeli voters back home and basking in the effect of the money-changers on the House that Citizens United Built.
March 6, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Week In The News: Netanyahu's Speech, Hillary's Email And Obamacare At Court
With guest host Jane Clayson.
Netanyahu’s speech. Hillary Clinton’s email. Obamacare back at the high court. A stunning start to the Boston Marathon bombing trial. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
This week: Netanyahu’s big address to Congress brings negotiations with Iran to a head. Obamacare challenged again at the high court. The Justice Department out with a damning report on Ferguson. A firestorm over emails makes for a rough week for Hillary Clinton. Iraqi troops battle to take Tikrit back from ISIS. Victims come face to face in court with the now-admitted Boston Marathon bomber. And Ringling Brothers says no more elephants. This hour, On Point: our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines
– Jane Clayson
POLITICO: Would Bibi’s plan work? – “Obama officials say that many foreign leaders share their view that for reasons of pride, politics and security, Iran — which has already devoted tens of billions of dollars to learning how to split the atom — will simply never relinquish a significant domestic nuclear program. U.S. officials say it has already been a struggle to make some countries meet their commitments to reduce Iranian oil imports.”
PBS NewsHour: Why the House is trying to get ahold of Hillary’s inbox — “She’s not officially in the presidential race yet, but Hillary Clinton is under tough new scrutiny this week, after revelations that she relied exclusively on a private, not government, e-mail account, operated from a personal server, when she was — we when she served as secretary of state.”
Reuters: U.S. Supreme Court split over Obamacare challenge — “The court’s four liberals appeared supportive of the government. Conservatives Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito asked questions sympathetic to the challengers. Fellow conservative Clarence Thomas, following his usual practice, asked nothing. If the court rules against the Obama administration, up to 7.5 million people in at least 34 states would lose the tax subsidies that help low- and moderate-income people buy private health insurance, according to consulting firm Avalere Health.” http://onpoint.wbur.org/2015/03/06/scotus-hillary-rodham-clinton-ob...
REALPOLITIK & IRAN
Notice that President Obama never uses the acronym ISIS, but ISL: Islamic State in the Levant. Why?
The Levant is the countries bordering the Eastern Mediterranean Sea—the gateway into Europe, which is hemorrhaging young Jihadist. Ironically, The Levant is the route that the Crusaders took in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries into the Middle East.
The Levant is why Israel can be sidelined in negotiations with Iran.
PASSE POLITICS & CURRENT SCIENCE
The Iranian bomb that PM Netanyahu prophesied in his fear mongering is passé technology. He knows this from Israel/US “Stuxnet” worm of Cyber-Warfare used against Iran. A nuclear bomb is not needed to destroy the infrastructure of an enemy state. Cyber-Warfare is cheap and efficient—needing no seclusion, just networks.
A clear picture of this fact in in David E. Sanger's Confront And Conceal: Obama Secret Wars and Surprising Use Of American Power (2012.
THE FIRST LAW
Israel represents Western Civilization within the Middle East, anathema to ISIS/ISL, an anathema to both ISIS and ISL.
After 1953, when the CIA overthrew Iran’s first & only Western-style democracy, installed and supported the tyrannical regime of the Shah, Iran cannot trust the US. However, Iran has aided the US in the past according to James Risen in State of War (2006), a book for which he faced imprisonment in the United State because he would not reveal his sources.
The US and its European allies need Iranian cooperation in order to halt ISL’s advancement into the Levant and Europe. This is why Obama and the Five will not listen to the vitriol of PM Netanyahu.
Self-Preservation is the first law of Realpolitik. And the President of the United States has sworn an oath to protect the American people.