Israel's Dr. Strangelove
Warmonger writ large!
by Stephen Lendman
Uniting Netanyahu and Lieberman is bad enough. Combined with Uzi Arad's influence makes it combustible. More on him below.
Netanyahu and Lieberman represent the worst of rogue Israeli leadership. Both are out-of-control warmongers. They're also war criminals. They deserve prison, not high office.
They deplore peace. They spurn democratic values. Why Israelis tolerate them they'll have to explain. They should vote them out of office instead.
In January they'll have a chance. Don't bet they'll do the right thing. Elections rarely resolve things. More often in recent decades they make them worse.
Haaretz expressed concern. An October 29 editorial headlined "Moment or Truth," saying:
"A special responsibility lies on the shoulders of several major Likud figures, members of the party's more moderate wing, most of whom have been holding their peace. This is a test for those who are not part of Israel's extreme right."
Uniting Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu "requires all of Israel's political players to regroup and make some clear and binding statements to their voters, right now."
It's time for center and left-leaning parties to unite against this lethal combination. "It's time to act," said Haaretz. "Grumbling isn't enough now. This is a test for those who are not part of Israel's extreme right. This a moment of truth for Israeli politics."
Like America, Israel's been on a slippery slope to tyranny. Netanyahu elevated the risk. Partnered with Lieberman shifts it higher. Arad's influence makes regional or global catastrophe more likely.
In 2007, he and then opposition leader Netanyahu discussed Iran with Dick Cheney. They argued for "sufficient punch" to stop its nuclear program.
They urged "crippling sanctions," especially against oil exports, combined with "a clear and present credible military option that continuing the program would not succeed because inevitably it will bring military action."
Much the same things are said today. Then and now, Arad remains hardline in all respects. He opposes Palestinian self-determination. Gaining it will compromise Greater Israel ambitions, he claims.