…by Jonas E. Alexis
Benjamin Netanyahu seems to be reaching rock bottom. Haaretz has reported that he called President Obama a few days ago and lamented over the phone that the Iran deal “threatens the security of Israel and of the entire world.” Netanyahu said that because of Iran, “The world is a much more dangerous place today than it was yesterday.” Netanyahu plans to go to Congress once again and declare that the United States has committed an unpardonable sin in striking a deal with Iran.
Yet President Obama seems to be undeterred by Netanyahu’s wrath and even declared that the mad man in Tel Aviv will fail. Obama specifically said,
“Perhaps [Netanyahu] thinks he can further influence the congressional debate, and I’m confident we’re going to be able to uphold this deal and implement it without Congress preventing that.”
That statement obviously has a devastating effect on Netanyahu’s entire political career. Netanyahu, who seemed to have convinced himself that he was invincible and that much of the world should listen to his command and worship him, is now realizing that his power is waning at an alarming rate. Time Magazine crowned him “King Bibi” back in 2012. But King Bibi’s power has been crumbling since the beginning of this year. The Obama administration has been making the mad man look like a king without a kingdom.
Things got even worse over the past few days. Both Y-Net News and US News & World Report have recently reported a story which ought to give anyone with a pessimistic view of the Israel/Palestine conflict a pause. Netanyahu said:
The Likud party denied that Netanyahu ever uttered the statement, but it seems to be accurate. U.S. News and World Report itself declared
“[At a Likud faction meeting at the Knesset, a clash took place between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the heads of Judea and Samaria local councils. These officials argued that construction in Judea-Samaria has been under a de facto freeze and that Netanyahu is not fulfilling his promise of building 300 housing units in the Beit El settlement.
“Reportedly, Netanyahu did not deny this, and even admitted to them that Israel is not building in the settlements and cannot develop existing settlements due to the tense international situation in which the State of Israel finds itself.
“Netanyahu’s response stunned the settlers. At least, that is the impression we get from the angry statement immediately afterward from the settlement umbrella organization — the Yesha Council.
“The publicized reaction stated that ‘a government that does not build in Judea-Samaria loses its very right to exist. The argument that the prime minister freezes construction in order to protect the settlement enterprise has long since been refuted.
“The correct way to protect the settlement enterprise is via development and construction. … The path of obsequiousness and kowtowing [to the world] will lead Israel to the edge of the abyss.’”
It became obvious that the Likud party was denying Netanyahu’s statement for political reasons:
“Five Likud ministers — Danny Danon, Yariv Levin, Ofir Akunis, Ze’ev Elkin and Haim Katz — tried to calm down the ostensibly tense atmosphere between Netanyahu and the settlers. In effect, they went to great lengths to make it clear that ‘if it were up to them, they are completely committed to construction in Judea-Samaria.
“‘Katz even promised that ‘if we need to make waves, that’s what we’ll do. … If there is a freeze on the ground, we need to wake up. We are obliged to do so. We are the ruling party with 30 Knesset members.’”
My wild speculation is that Netanyahu is slowly but surely agreeing with the Obama administration: the man in Tel Aviv is indeed a “chickenshit.” This was one reason why the administration and some imminent Israelis implicitly gave him the finger a few months ago. U.S. News & World Report again declared that the problem with Netanyahu and the settlers are
“connected to what’s going on with [President Barack] Obama. It’s part of the whining syndrome vis-a-vis the United States. Netanyahu supposedly tells Obama, ‘I’m freezing construction and that is causing me political problems, you are pushing us into a corner.’”
Obviously Netanyahu has seen his inability to deceive much of the West about Iran, and surely the West is beginning to realize that this man has a history of deliberately summoning bold lies and passing them out as gospel truth. In fact, one can safely say that Netanyahu is a pathological liar. More than a week ago, Netanyahu delivered this bold lie:
“Iran’s growing aggression is several times more dangerous than that of IS, which is dangerous enough. And this aggression, which aims to reach every corner of the world, has the ultimate true aim of taking over the world.”
Is that true? Iran has been fighting ISIS since last year, and now Netanyahu is indirectly linking Iran with ISIS! That is really stupid because the mad man knows better.
Does Netanyahu mean to tell us that he did not know that the U.S. actually trained ISIS in 2012? Does he forget that it was Israel that supported the Syrian rebels/terrorists? Does he not know that the Syrian terrorists also had ties with ISIS? Does he not know that the U.S. is still training those terrorists? Does he forget that members of the Syrian rebels/terrorists got medical help in Israel?
No doubt that Avner Cohen, an Israeli philosopher and prolific scholar in the history of nuclear weapons, has declared that Netanyahu’s leadership makes Israel look “pathetic” in the eyes of the world. Back in 2012, Cohen argued that Netanyahu, among other Israeli politicians, was using the Holocaust for political ends.
I agree with Cohen.
 Barak Ravid, “Netanyahu tells Obama Iran deal threatens Israel’s security,” Haaretz, July 14, 2015.
 “Netanyahu’s bid to lobby Congress to kill Iran deal will fail, Obama says,” Jerusalem Post, July 15, 2015.
 Ibid; see also “Obama casts doubt on Netanyahu’s ability to sway Congress on Iran deal,” Haaretz, July 15, 2015.
 Ishaan Tharoor, “Cover Story: Why Bibi Netanyahu Is King of Israel,” Time, May 17, 2012.
 “Netanyahu’s So-Called ‘Settlement Freeze,’” US News & World Report, July 17, 2015.
 See for example Scott Peterson, “Imminent Iran Nuclear Threat? A Timeline of Warnings Since 1979,” Christian Science Monitor, November 8, 2011.
 Stuart Winer, “Netanyahu: Iran wants to ‘take over the world,’” Times of Israel, July 7, 2015.
 See for example Eli Lake, “U.S. and Iran Hit ISIS, Ignore Each Other,” Daily Beast, August 26, 2014; “Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants,” Guardian, June 14, 2014; “Iran Offers Iraq ‘Everything it Needs’ to Fight ISIS,” Daily Beast, June 6, 2014; Rebecca Collard, “The Enemy of My Enemy: Iran Arms Kurds in Fight Against ISIS,” Time, August 27, 2014.
 Barak Ravid, “UN reveals Israeli links with Syrian rebels,” Haaretz, July 17, 2014.
 See “ISIS Strikes Deal With Moderate Syrian Rebels: Reports,” Huffington Post, September 14, 2014; Anne Barnard, “Syria Rebels Turn Against Most Radical Group Tied to Al Qaeda,” NY Times, January 12, 2014.
 Roy Gutman “First contingent of U.S.-trained fighters enters Syria,” McClatchy Newspaper, July 7, 2015.
 Marcy Oster, “Six Syrian rebels hospitalized in Israel returned to Syria,” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, February 27, 2013; “Israeli Hospital Treating Wounded Syrian Rebels,” MintPress News, December 1, 2014; Ariel Ben Solomon, “Two wounded from Syria war cross into Israel to be treated in hospital,” Jerusalem Post, May 26, 2015.
 Avner Cohen, Israel and the Bomb (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999); The Worst-Kept Secret: Israel’s Bargain with the Bomb (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010).
 Avner Cohen, “Israel Can Live With the Iranian Nuclear Deal, Can Netnyahu?,” Haaretz, July 17, 2015.
 Avner Cohen, “Netanyahu’s Contempt for the Holocaust,” Haaretz, March 19, 2012.