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Netanyahu’s War Talk

While attending the Warsaw conference that is ostensibly committed to promoting “peace and stability” in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu let loose with this statement [1]:

“What is important about this meeting – and this meeting is not in secret, because there are many of those – is that this is an open meeting with representatives of leading Arab countries, that are sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran.” Netanyahu said.

The prime minister’s official Twitter account used the exact same wording:

This isn’t a case of Netanyahu’s words being taken out of context or misinterpreted. The prime minister’s own official account used this wording because this is the message that Netanyahu wanted to convey. It should come as no surprise that someone who has railed against Iran throughout his career would use language like this. The prime minister has talked up the idea of bombing Iran for years, and his government has obviously been attacking Iranian targets inside Syria for quite a while. Netanyahu said this in the context of talking about attacking Iranian forces in Syria and forcing them out of the country:

“What we are doing is pushing and driving Iran from Syria. We are committed to doing this,” he said.

Netanyahu seems to be trying to create the illusion of broader regional support for possible escalation against Iran in Syria and Lebanon. He may be interested in war with Iran, but most Arab states don’t actually have any interest in war with Iran if they are the ones that have to fight it. The Omani government whose foreign minister Netanyahu just met at the conference certainly has no desire for such a war. In any case, the prime minister has helped to confirm that the Warsaw conference is a poorly-disguised anti-Iran gathering.

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#1 Comment By SteveM On February 13, 2019 @ 2:24 pm

Netanyahu must also be happy that Ilhan Omar got pulverized from both sides for stating the obvious. E.g., Sheldon Adelson shoveled $55 Million to the Republicans for the 2018 elections. The mutual back scratching is Congress playing Bibi’s script.

Pelosi and Schumer no doubt laid down the law to Omar because they want a big taste from Sheldon’s bottomless money pit too. Criticism of Israel in any context is now officially forbidden.

Netanyahu shoots off his big mouth simply because he knows he has the U.S. muscle in his back pocket.

Bibi says “Jump!” And Washington excitedly responds, “How high!?”

#2 Comment By Christian Chuba On February 13, 2019 @ 3:59 pm

Everybody wants to hold the other guy’s jacket while they fight Iran but nobody wants to do it themselves. I’m certain some brave Neocon will volunteer the U.S. into another pointless war they don’t have to fight.

#3 Comment By Uncle Billy On February 13, 2019 @ 4:31 pm

Israel and Saudia Arabia, our two biggest “allies” in the Middle East, aretrying to push the US into a war with Iran. What’s in it for us?

#4 Comment By Gregorio On February 13, 2019 @ 8:06 pm

The problem with a war with Iran, is that for all the bellicosity of the Saudis and the Israelis, neither has the manpower to put the boots on the ground to actually fight a war. They can start the war, but it will take the ground troops of the US military to finish it. I’m not convinced that the US leadership is smart enough to not fall into that trap by Bibi and MBS. If the Trump/Bolton/Pompeo regime does fall into it, it will be a disaster that makes Iraq look like a school yard skirmish.

#5 Comment By Oleg Gark On February 13, 2019 @ 8:20 pm

The US doesn’t have the manpower to occupy Iran without bringing back the draft.

#6 Comment By Janwaar Bibi On February 13, 2019 @ 8:24 pm

The problem with a war with Iran, is that for all the bellicosity of the Saudis and the Israelis, neither has the manpower to put the boots on the ground to actually fight a war. They can start the war, but it will take the ground troops of the US military to finish it.

I think this is naive. After the Iraq debacle, the neocons refined their strategy in Libya. There were no ground troops used in the illegal attack on Libya – instead the US, UK and France bombed the Libyan state until it collapsed and then abandoned the Libyans to their fate. Civil war, slave markets, Al Qaeda, and chaos followed but it did not bother anyone in the West.

That’s the approach they intend to follow in Iran – bomb Iran back to the Stone Age, all the while smirking about how much they love the Iranian people and are killing them to bring freedom and democracy. Chaos and destruction of any country that can challenge Israel or Saudi Arabia is the goal, not an unfortunate side-effect.

Until thugs like Bush, Blair, Bolton and Bibi are tried and hanged for war crimes or a country like China becomes strong enough to challenge these criminals, their crimes against humanity will continue.

#7 Comment By Whine Merchant On February 13, 2019 @ 10:05 pm

Does anyone else remember “We had to destroy the village to save it?”

How about “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”?

Thank you –

#8 Comment By Let’s You And Him Fight On February 13, 2019 @ 10:06 pm

“He may be interested in war with Iran, but most Arab states don’t actually have any interest in war with Iran if they are the ones that have to fight it. “

Most Israelis aren’t interested in fighting a war with Iran either. They want the stupid Americans to do the fighting and paying, like we’ve been doing for the last eighteen years.

#9 Comment By DC leo On February 14, 2019 @ 7:56 am

This statement is just more evidence of Netanyahu’s basic character, the fundamental irresponsibility and immaturity, exacerbated by American indulgence. Unsurprisingly, he has come to expect that Uncle Sam will pay his bills and fight his fights for him.

Forever.

#10 Comment By Navy Yard On February 14, 2019 @ 5:36 pm

A really disgusting specimen, isn’t he?

#11 Comment By Murray Polner On February 15, 2019 @ 4:13 pm

“f you liked Iraq you’ll love Iran.”

#12 Comment By PAX On February 16, 2019 @ 12:25 am

He reminds me of Toad of Toad Hall. (Wind in the Willows) A lot more conniving and dangerous.