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  • global nuclear disarmament; 

  • opposition to racism and Islamophobia;

  • support for Iran's peaceful nuclear program;

  • opposition to US sanctions;

  • opposition to outside interference in Syria's internal affairs;

  • support for national sovereignty; and

  • solidarity with and support for Palestinian rights.

At the same time, Netanyahu's bluster continues. On August 31, the Jerusalem Post headlined "PM tells US time has run out on Iran diplomacy," saying:

Netanyahu "got into a diplomatic shouting match with US Ambassador Dan Shapiro"." At issue is disagreement with Obama over when, not if, to target Iran's nuclear facilities.

Earlier in the week, Republican Congressman Mike Rogers visited Israel. An unnamed source said Netanyahu began an anti-Obama "tirade," saying "(i)nstead of pressuring Iran in an effective way, (he) and his people are pressuring us not to attack the nuclear facilities."

The source also said "sparks flew" between Netanyahu and Shapiro. An earlier Jerusalem Post report quoted Netanyahu saying he'll never let Israel live under the shadow of annihilation.  

Claiming it runs counter to facts, of course. Iran poses no threat. In contrast, Israel and Washington menace the region. Media reports invert truths. Doing so advances the ball for war.

At the same time, a healthy debate continues. On September 1, Haaretz headlined "Former Mossad chief: An attack on Iran likely to foment a generations-long war," saying:

Former Mossad and National Security Council head Efraim Halevy argued years earlier that Iran posed no threat. He strongly opposes war. Nonetheless, his latest comments are measured. 

He stopped short of reproaching Netanyahu. He understands Iran's position. He supports resolving differences diplomatically. He calls his views "complex," saying:

"I do indeed argue that a nuclear Iran does not constitute an existential threat to Israel. If one day we wake up and discover that Iran has nuclear weapons, that does not mean the start of the countdown to the end of Israel's existence. Israel need not despair." 

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