His arrogance makes him impossible to deal with. On Meet the Press, he showed no signs of backing down. He practically challenged viewers to dispute him. He told one lie after another about Iran. He's done it many times before.
Iran is "different," he says. It puts "zealotry above survival. They have suicide bombers all over the place. I wouldn't rely on their rationality."
Soviet Union-style "mutual assured destruction" (MAP) won't contain them, he suggested. He gets national US air time to voice vitriol and anti-Iranian propaganda. Too bad anyone wastes time watching.
"Since the advent of nuclear weapons, you have countries that had access to nuclear weapons who always made a careful calculation of cost and benefit. But Iran is guided by a leadership with an unbelievable fanaticism."
He falsely claims Iran nears nuclear weapons capability. No evidence whatever proves it. He denies what policy makers know but won't say. No weapons program exists. None is planned. Saying otherwise spurns truth. Using a football analogy, he said "(t)they're in a 'red zone.' "
"They're in the last 20 yards. And you can't let them cross that goal line. Because that would have unbelievable consequences."
Asked if Israel would go it alone, he added:
"We always reserve the right to act. But I think that if we are able to coordinate together a common position, we increase the chances that neither one of us will have to act."- Advertisement -
Make no mistake. Reserving the right and acting are worlds apart. On war and peace as well as other major geopolitical issues, Israel won't act without Washington's approval. Picking a public fight with your benefactor comes down to biting the hand that feeds you and much more.
Doing so also draws strong criticism at home. He repeatedly oversteps. He doesn't know when to back off and stay quiet. Diplomacy for him is a four letter word.
His way or the highway is policy. His scowl and bullying make him impossible to deal with. Red lines, timelines and deadlines don't wash.
He wrongly claims "once the Iranians understand that there's a line that they can't cross, they're not likely to cross it."
Tehran observes international law. It was one of the first countries to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). It has no nuclear weapons program. It plans none.
For decades, Israel's been nuclear armed and dangerous. It spurns NPT and won't sign it. It won't tolerate IAEA inspections. No nation is more closely monitored round the clock than Iran.
Netanyahu lied saying if America set a red line before Saddam invaded Kuwait, "maybe that war could have been avoided."