Bibi, Gone Rogue

John Glaser, September 12, 2012

From David Remnick in the New Yorker:

It is hard to overestimate the risks that Benjamin Netanyahu poses to the future of his own country. As Prime Minister, he has done more than any other political figure to embolden and elevate the reactionary forces in Israel, to eliminate the dwindling possibility of a just settlement with the Palestinians, and to isolate his country on the world diplomatic stage. Now Netanyahu seems determined, more than ever, to alienate the President of the United States and, as an ally of Mitt Romney’s campaign, to make himself a factor in the 2012 election—one no less pivotal than the most super Super PAC. “Who are you trying to replace?” the opposition leader, Shaul Mofaz, asked of Netanyahu in the Knesset on Wednesday. “The Administration in Washington or that in Tehran?”

Last month, Mofaz also accused Netanyahu of waging “an extensive and relentless PR campaign with the sole objective of preparing the ground for a premature military adventure.”

“Mr. prime minister,” he continued, “you’re creating panic. You are trying to frighten us and terrify us. And in truth – we are scared: scared by your lack of judgment, scared that you both lead and don’t lead, scare that you are executing a dangerous and irresponsible policy.”

At this point, Netanyahu seems to have gone rogue, with even his loyal Defense Minister Ehud Barak dialing back the war rhetoric considerably. If Bibi has allies left inside Israel, they are fewer and fewer by the day.

What’s most troubling is that Netanyahu’s clear attempts to fiddle with the US election, using Israeli sway to push the election of a more submissive and hawkish Republican in place of Obama, does not seem to be bothering many Americans. Deference to Israel is so embedded in our politics at the superficial level, that nobody even notices.




27 Responses to “Bibi, Gone Rogue”

  1. Bibi should have taken the hint when General Martin Dempsey said, "We don't want to be complicit in an attack against Iran". Bibi should have taken the hint when Tamir Pardo, head of the Mossad, said, "Iran, even with nuclear weapons, is not an existential threat to Israel". Bibi should have taken the hint when General Benny Gantz, head of the IDF, said, Iran has rational leaders and we can talk to them". Bibi should have taken the hint when Meir Dagan, former head of the Mossad, said, "An attack against Iran would be the stupidest thing I can think of". So, now being shunned by Obama when Bibi expected him to grovel should be another hint. Obama should very loudly and publicly call out Bibi and the Israel Firsters in Congress and the Israeli Lobby and accuse them of lying through their teeth about nuclear weapons. Both Israel and the US intell know Iran is not working on Nukes.

  2. Well said my friend!

  3. Nuttyyahu should know when to back down. He is painting himself into quite a corner.

  4. Netanyahu- unbalanced, existential threat to the national interests of the U.S., his neighbors and the world at large.

    AIPAC and its related lobby groups and the Neocons- acolytes of a foreign government- some of whom (e.g., Perle, Feith, and Franklin) have been subject of FBI espionage investigations- all of whom should be registered as foreign agents and actively investigated. Member lists, donor lists- all of these should be disclosed and published.

  5. Qui bono? – Who benefits from the actual attacks on US-installations?

    Certainly not Al Quaida. But Netanyahu does.

    “By Way Of Deception Thou Shalt Wage War!” – official Mossad-motto.

    I see a Mossad-orchestrated last-ditch attempt to whip up US-American anti-muslim-sentiments, in order to stem the tide of Obama winning the upcoming presidential elections – which, in case Obama wins a second term, would spell doom for all the Likudniks, Israel-firsters and Neocons in Washington.

    Once re-elected, Obama will throw out all the Neocon money-changers of Capitol Hill.

    Netanyahu knows this. He knows that his chances to have America attack Iran on his behalf will be nil then. And his frustration is driving him nuts, actually – that is, nuts enough to have his own Intelligence Service manufacture Islam-insulting films to stoke riots in muslim countries and, in case that’s not enough, even stage attacks on US-american installations and blame it on the Muslims, to give his buddy Mitt Romney a chance to attack Obama as weak and force Obama’s reluctant hands to sign off an Atttack on Iran in retaliation.

    In my opinion, Netanyahu is a lousy chess player. And if this was Poker, he’s rising the stakes on an already busted flush.

  6. Has anyone analyzed the extent to which Netanyahu's behavior is tied to his older brother's being killed at Entebbe – the only casualty in that operation? While the entire nation of Israel was in the streets celebrating the success of that operation, his father was wandering through the crowds exclaiming "My son was killed! What about my son?" (paraphrased). What if his own parents' anguish – especially his mother's – is the root cause of his behavior? What if he behaves the way he does because he wants every woman on the planet – including the women of Israel – to suffer as much as his mother?

  7. Nutty Yahoo will vote for Mutt Romney. Although Iran is less powerful than North Korea, it is far more powerful than Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan. That's why Ehud Barack Obomba & W. hesitated to start a war with Iran. Yes, Bibi has gone rogue. So have W., Ehud Barack Obomba, David Cameron and many other US allies.

  8. Bibi is going to do more harm to Israel than one could imagine. The people of Israel vote this midget out of office. Bibi is a dual citizen so I hope he give up the USA so when he starts WWIII he cannot run and hide near me.

  9. have you considered the pain of Rachael Corey who was murdered. As far as bibi brother he was in a foreign land. Who suffered the most.

  10. X 2

  11. Simple remedy to end the possibility of a global-wide, thermo-nuclear World World 3.

    Program two predator drone missiles with the latitude and longitude of the back center coordinates of Netanyahu's and Barak's BVDs. Oh, and we might want to also do likewise for Bill Kristol's BVDs, and dozen or so more of these blood-thirsty, mass murdering, war mongering neo-con cockroaches.

    With a few mouse clicks, Peace Will Reign again and we can restore the entire U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, abolish all of these vile and treasonous Patriot Acts and dismantle the police state and begin the war crime trials for every last one of these evil neo-cons.

  12. No contest. Rachael Corey was a civilian trying to bring humanitarian relief while Netanyahu's brother was a solder on a mission. I'm not suggesting sympathy for Netanyahu – just trying to understand if that's why he's so crazy. Maybe monsters in power behave the way they do for the same reasons the rest of us do.

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  14. Israeli sway to push the election of a more submissive and hawkish Republican in place of Obama, does not seem to be bothering many Americans. Deference to Israel is so embedded in our politics at the superficial level, that nobody even notices.

  15. Extremely well said x4

  16. Damn thank you! I thought I was the only one in the world who felt that way!

  17. SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL HERE IS 2000 MILES WIDE AND 1/2 INCH DEEP!

  18. He is acting as though Israel is keeping US alive by spending blood and treasure. US has spend more than a trillion dollars during the last 50 years yet Natanyahoo behave as the president of the US (Obama) is his slave.

  19. That is right. See the amount of US help to Israel tabulated by "http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org" http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/US-Is

  20. He has a weird forehead on top of this other stuff. I can guarantee there are bad things inside that skull. I just hope Romney doesn't win. Not that I want Obama, I don't, but Mitt would be a door mat for Mr. BiBi Potato Head.

  21. Poor Bibi seems to be losing it.

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