He lied. He turned truth on its head. He hyped a nonexistent threat. He spuriously warned about Hezbollah getting Syrian chemical weapons.
"It is necessary to look at our surroundings, both at what is happening with Iran and its proxies, and what is happening in other arenas - lethal weaponry in Syria, which is steadily breaking up," he said."- Advertisement -
"The Middle East is not awaiting for the outcome of election and is not stopping while (Israel's) government is assembled."- Advertisement -
"We are facing many threats, from the most dangerous ones, which I have mentioned, to others and reality continues to evolve - in the east, in the north, in the south - the entire area is raging and we must prepared and strong and determined in the face of any possible development."
"For this reason, I will seek to form the widest and most stable government in order to respond, first and foremost, to every security threat."
Israel, of course, has no threats except ones it invents. Netanyahu prioritizes doing so. Fear is hyped. Pressing domestic concerns affecting Israelis most aren't discussed. At issue is whether regional war follows.
Haaretz hyped fear. The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) is an Israeli think tank. Emily Landau serves as arms control director. Retired Israeli ambassador Shimon Stein is senior fellow.
Their January 18 commentary headlined "Time for Obama to clarity US policy on Iran," saying: