Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Israeli View on Bibi's Traveling Circus

Jeff Halper, co-founder and Director of Israeli Committee Against Housing Demolitions, did a wonderful analysis on the Netanyahu Jubilee Production in America on Monday with the folks at The Real News Network, providing insight into how seriously even the Israeli military and intelligence wonks take a threat of nuclear armageddon from Tehran (hint: they aren't trying to start a ground war).  Indeed, Halper cites opinions by an IDF veterans group and pronouncements by Ehud Barak in his argument.  The reality is that the Israeli neoliberal political establishment is about to collapse and the weapons export business, which is the major flow of capital into the country, is seriously threatened should another Democrat be elected in 2016 and the negotiations with Iran be concluded, if not bring about a normalization of relations between Washington and Tehran.  Halper is also spot on when he mentions that, were Netanyahu serious, he would be trying to create a multi-national pact to turn the Middle East into a nuclear-free zone, which Israel would never be able to agree to due to their stash of warheads in Dimona.

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