Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Persian Play

I don't even think Macbeth's Three Weird Sisters could come up with a foul-as-fair situation that would pit Israel and the Saudis on the same side of the docket, but the negotiations with Iran have done precisely that. It is incredible that Bibi would be so rabidly virulent to the best chance of getting Iran to negotiate over its nuclear program, but it stands to show his incapacity for leadership when a situation changes and he can only hold sway to the old winds.  The Saudis, dear Bibi, are not your friends.

Nor are the French.  I love France, but Gaul has abandoned its alliance with Israel once prior, when the changing political winds became more expedient; don't be foolish to think France is one you want to run to as counterweight on this case, Monsieur Netenyahu.

And pushing AIPAC to rally Congress to scuttle the negotiations before they come to fruition is an incredibly cynical political move that will cost Israel in the long-run.

Friedman is right about this one:
Never have I seen Israel and America’s core Arab allies working more in concert to stymie a major foreign policy initiative of a sitting U.S. president, and never have I seen more lawmakers — Democrats and Republicans — more willing to take Israel’s side against their own president’s. I’m certain this comes less from any careful consideration of the facts and more from a growing tendency by many American lawmakers to do whatever the Israel lobby asks them to do in order to garner Jewish votes and campaign donations.
Like the Saudis, Bibi doesn't oppose this deal; he opposes any deal that has the potential of being negotiated short of a surrender agreement.  He  is truly showing his stripes as a callous political hack who is incapable of leading in situations of change.  Like Yitzhak Shamir, he just wants to maintain the status quo at all costs.  Bibi or not, the Iran negotiations are too important to fail.

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