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July 10, 2009

MID EAST NOTES

Haaretz, Israel - Netanyahu appears to be suffering from confusion and paranoia. He is convinced that the media are after him, that his aides are leaking information against him and that the American administration wants him out of office. Two months after his visit to Washington, he is still finding it difficult to communication normally with the White House. To appreciate the depth of his paranoia, it is enough to hear how he refers to Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod, Obama's senior aides: as "self-hating Jews.". . .

At a recent meeting with with Netanyahu, ostensibly about the understandings with the U.S. on the settlements, former prime minister Ehud Olmert was shocked to see the prime minister focusing mainly on the media. "Is this what he called me in for?" a source close to Olmert quoted him as saying.

Behind closed doors, Netanyahu's coalition partners - including Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman - have also expressed shock at his behavior. One senior minister told an aide that he is finding it very difficult to work with the premier. "He drives us mad," the minister said. "Every minute things change, and I am constantly busy doing maintenance on Netanyahu."

Anti-War - Uzi Arad, the National Security Adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, [raised] the specter of the nation's mutually assured destruction doctrine, and said that Israel would need to dramatically strengthen its arsenal to ensure that the nation has the ability to totally destroy Iran in case they decide to attack.

Arad insisted that Israel must "become tremendously powerful, and create a situation in which no one will dare to realize the ability to harm us." The Israeli government has a significant undeclared nuclear arsenal which it occasionally accidentally admits too.

Iran, by contrast, is a member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, has no nuclear arsenal, and though it has a growing civilian nuclear program aimed at energy generation, officials concede that there is no evidence they are attempted to produce any nuclear weapons.

2 Comments:

Anonymous watching in horror said...

It's terrible indeed to watch Israel going right down the same path that led to people in ovens, and I fear that whole nation is going to disappear right up the ass of their government's hypocrisy.

July 11, 2009 10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, Netanyahu's nuts and he wants to start a war with Iran. And Biden says the Obama administration has green-lighted it. Where does that leave us? Oh yeah, with another war.

July 12, 2009 9:51 AM  

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