Obama v. Netanyahu
Lots more going on than meets the eye.
by Stephen Lendman
Much has been made about an Obama/Netanyahu rift. At times, it's hard separating rhetoric from reality. Nonetheless, neither leader, it appears, particularly likes the other. Disagreement between them is palpable. It's over Iranian red lines and deadlines.
Former IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz said he doesn't believe in "red line policies." He responded to Netanyahu saying:
"The world tells Israel 'wait, there's still time.' And I say, 'Wait for what? Wait until when?' Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before Israel."
"Now if Iran knows that there is no red line. If Iran knows that there is no deadline, what will it do? Exactly what it's doing. It's continuing, without any interference, towards obtaining nuclear weapons capability and from there, nuclear bombs."
A previous article called Netanyahu the mouth that roars for good reason. He repeatedly puts both feet in his mouth and risks swallowing them.
He's arrogant, offensive, duplicitous, thuggish, and dangerous. He's an embarrassment to legitimate governance. It's hard imagining why any Israelis put up with him. If ever a bum deserved to be thrown out it's Netanyahu.
One Israeli analyst said he "must set red lines on his malice toward Obama." Israelis and many others are fed up with his bluster. He's gone out of his way to alienate support from his closest ally. An unnamed Israeli official said he caused "profound" damage in relations with Washington.
Haaretz contributor Yoel Marcus accused him of "acting wildly irresponsibly." He overstepped "traditional boundaries." He crossed a proper comportment red line.
He's interfering in America's election. He's making a serious mistake. Marcus cited a Bulgarian proverb, saying:
"When God wants to punish someone, the first thing He does is take away his brains."
Doron Rosenblum questions the future of "Bibi-ism." It's a "state of mind." It "dictates the tone of Israel." It does so by a leader "who concentrates more and more authority in his hands," wields it like an autocrat, "while nurturing a media personality cult."
Bibi-ism's bottom line is what he says goes. Opposition isn't tolerated. His mouth disengages from his senses and sensibility. He's combative and overbearing. Observers call him pompous, domineering, and insufferable.