Netanyahu rose to the challenge, said Shavit. Bibi understands Iran, he added. From day one as prime minister, his mission "was to thwart Iranian nuclearization." He established a "military option."
His strategy produced "impressive results." Why Haaretz puts up with this rubbish it'll have to explain. It knows, or should, that Iran poses no threat whatever. Its nuclear program is peaceful. Current and former Israeli officials say so. US intelligence says it annually.
Counterparts in America and elsewhere concur. So do other Haaretz contributors. Thankfully they show up often. Many times they don't tell all, but at least discuss things that matter. They include truths excluded from Western media.
So do Haaretz editorials. On September 30, " Red lines, black portrait " was headlined. Netanyahu was taken to task. Under his leadership, "ultranationalism and the medieval forces of radical Judaism paint a black portrait of Israel."
His "childish" bomb stunt fell flat. He became a caricature of himself using it. At the same time, he ignored calls for peace with Palestine and normalizing relations with all regional states.
He bragged about Israel's achievements. He's allied with extremists in his government and likeminded rabbis. They "deny children the right to a basic education and women (get) relegated to the back of public buses."
"His modern government denies liberty to another nation." He "deports refugees, sending them to their deaths."
He "persecutes human rights organizations and violates academic freedom." While unjustifiably setting red lines, "one out of three Israeli children goes to sleep under the poverty line, and one out of four Israeli scientists seeks" employment opportunities elsewhere.