Where is the outrage at Netanyahu’s threat?

5 Sep

The weak “are slaughtered and are erased”- Where is the outrage at Netanyahu’s threat directed at Iran?

By Donna Miles, Opinion: The Daily Blog, 5 September 2018

For over 45 years, Israel, widely known to be a nuclear state, has had a deliberate policy of ambiguity over its nuclear capabilities: no testing, no talking and no making threats.

Israel has always argued that upholding the above policy proves that, unlike its neighbouring countries in the Middle East, it can be trusted with possessing nuclear weapons-because it will use its nuclear capabilities purely for defensive purposes and never as a tool to threaten and intimidate others.  

But – speaking at a recent event held at an Israeli nuclear research facility, Israel’s Prime Minster, Benjamin Netanyahu, in remarks made to patently intimidate Iran, broke with the above tradition by suggesting that the strong would survive while the weak were slaughtered and erased from history. [For more info, see Newsweek report attached below. Ed]

Where is the restraint that is supposed to make Israel responsible enough to be trusted with nuclear weapons?

And – why is it that Netanyahu’s horrific rhetoric toward Iran doesn’t seem to attract nearly as much attention in the media as the disputed statement made some 13 years ago by the former president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

Despite subsequent corrections and clarifications published in newspapers, such as the Guardian and the New York Times, the mis-translation of a 2015 statement made by Ahmadinejad, is still used by Western and Israeli hawks to prove Iran’s intention to see Israel “wiped off the map of the world”.  

Yes – Ahmadinejad was a demagogue fool – but no, he did not call for Israel to be “wiped off”, and for those of us who speak Farsi, there was never any doubt that the former president’s statement was mistranslated.

In 2015, Ahmadinejad quoted the late Ayatollah Khomeini’s statement that “this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time” just as the Shah’s regime in Iran had vanished. What he was calling for was a future regime change in Israel, not its annihilation.

But despite experts confirming Ahmadinejad was misquoted, the false narrative of Iran’s intention to exterminate Jews continues to this day in order to pave the path to another bloody war in the Middle East.

And nothing gets us closer to that path than the US’ recent cancellation of its nuclear deal with Iran which was motivated primarily to appease the strongest critic of the deal, Israel.

But Israel’s argument against the Nuclear Deal is based on nothing but misquotations and a pack of lies.

In a theatrical display and with much fanfare, Netanyahu told the world that Iran could never be trusted because it was secretly developing a nuclear programme.

But – Netanyahu failed to produce a smoking gun and his claims did not match the CIA’s findings.

On Page 37 of his book “the case against the Iran Deal”, Professor Alan Dershowitz, who is very close to the Israeli Government, produced a quote from the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, urging the Iranian military to have “two nuclear bombs ready to go off in January 2005 or you are not Muslims”.

A very strange quote given that Iran has always strongly maintained that its perusal of nuclear power is for domestic purposes only.

Britain’s Lord Lamont exposed the source of the quote to be Jerome Corsi who, according to Wikipedia, is a conspiracy theorist and one of the contributors to the rumour about President Obama not being an American citizen. Do I need to say more?

Israel, a self-claimed democratic country and an ally of the West, should be held accountable by the media for its horrific and warmongering rhetoric as well as its apartheid polices and injustices toward Palestinians.

Men like Trump and Netanyahu assume that they can get away with doing and saying anything. Isn’t it time we proved them wrong by standing united in our outrage?

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A BACKGROUND REPORT:

The Weak are Slaughtered, the Strong Prevail: Netanyahu Says Israel Will Not Shy Away From Conflict

By David Brennan, Newsweek, 4 September 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stark warning to the country’s Middle Eastern rivals yesterday, declaring that peace could only be achieved alongside a strong Israeli nation-state.

Speaking at an event to rename an Israeli nuclear research facility after former President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Netanyahu said the late statesman’s wish for peace was always built on the provision that Israel would “strongly grasp defensive weaponry,” The Times of Israel reported. 

The prime minister said this approach was necessary to ensure the survival of the country. “In the Middle East, and in many parts of the world, there is a simple truth: There is no place for the weak. The weak crumble, are slaughtered and are erased from history while the strong, for good or for ill, survive,” Netanyahu said.

“The strong are respected, and alliances are made with the strong, and in the end peace is made with the strong,” he added.

Israel’s strength, the prime minister said, was to thank for the “normalization” of relations with “leading countries in the Arab world” that have traditionally been enemies. It appears he was referring to Egypt and Saudi Arabia, with whom Israel is now working closely on a range of issues.

In a thinly veiled message to Iran, Netanyahu warned that Israel remained a threat. “But our enemies know very well what Israel is capable of doing. They are familiar with our policy. Whoever tries to hurt us—we hurt them,” he said.

 “I am not spouting slogans. I am describing a persistent, clear and determined policy…backed by appropriate deployment, equipment, preparedness and—in the hour of need—appropriate orders,” the prime minister continued.

The comments, later posted to the official prime ministerial Twitter account, were met with criticism on social media. Some compared Netanyahu’s rhetoric to fascist speeches from the 1930s, while Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Iran was being “threatened with atomic annihilation by a warmonger standing next to an actual nuclear weapons factory.”

Netanyahu was one of the most vocal critics of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the 2015 deal signed with Iran to curtail its nuclear weapons research in exchange for the lifting of crippling sanctions. The prime minister said his government would help the U.S. to “apply pressure on the dangerous, extremist regime” in Iran, and continue to pressure Tehran to withdraw its forces from neighboring Syria.

It is significant that Netanyahu made the fiery remarks at the country’s top-secret nuclear research facility. Israel is the only state in the Middle East to possess nuclear weapons, though its policy of “strategic ambiguity” makes it difficult to say how large its atomic armory is. Estimates reach as high as 400 nuclear warheads.

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