According to a 10/4/15 Haaretz news article, “Compare and Contrast Netanyahu’s Speeches,” the writer Barak Ravid contends that Israeli’s President Benjamin Netanyahu arguments against the Iran Nuclear  agreement (2015) are eerily similar to his 2002 assertions in favor of the US decision to invade Iraq. Mr. Ravid states that the arguments are the same, the intonation is the same between President Netanyahu speeches about Iraq 2002, and Iran 2012. The following are some excerpts:

“Ten years before his “red line” speech at the United Nations (9/2015), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared before the United States Congress and called for bringing down Saddam Hussein before he developed nuclear weapons.”

President Netanyahu presents redline graph
Israeli PM Netanyahu presents redline graph

(In President Netanyahu’s words) “There is no question whatsoever that Saddam is seeking and is working and is advancing towards the development of nuclear weapons – no question whatsoever,” Netanyahu, then a private citizen, told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on September 12, 2002. “And there is no question that once he acquires it, history shifts immediately.”

“A video clip from the 2002 hearing has been on the Internet, after it was posted by American blogger Jim Lobe at almost the same time as Netanyahu was addressing the United Nations General Assembly last week.”

Israel's President Netanyahu pushes Iraqi War the ouster of Saddam Hussein.
Israel’s President Netanyahu pushes Iraqi War the ouster of Saddam Hussein.

“During the September 2015 speech, Netanyahu stressed that if Iran is not stopped, it will be on the verge of producing a nuclear weapon by next spring, or by summer at the latest. Therefore, Netanyahu argued, a red line must be drawn to stop the Iranian nuclear program.”

“Netanyahu’s remarks during the 2002 congressional hearing sounded very similar to his 2015 UN speech. The arguments are the same, the intonation is the same, even the advisers are the same – Netanyahu’s current diplomatic adviser, Ron Dermer, who wrote the prime minister’s UN address, can be seen in the 10-year-old video sitting behind Netanyahu in the congressional hall.”

“Aside from the fact that both Dermer and Netanyahu look 10 years younger, the primary difference between the two videos is one word: 2002’s Iraq has been replaced by Iran in 2012.” Here are some more quotes:

“There’s no question that (Saddam) has not given upon on his nuclear program, not (sic) whatsoever. There is also no questionhe was not satisfied with the arsenal of chemical and biological weapons that he had and was trying to perfect them constantly…So I think, frankly, it is not serious to assume that this man, who 20 years ago was very close to producing an atomic bomb, spent the last 20 years sitting on his hands. He has not. And every indication we have is that he is pursuing, pursuing with abandon, pursuing with every ounce of effort,  the establishment of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons. If anyone makes an opposite assumption or cannot draw the lines connecting the dots, that is simply not an objective assessment of what has happened. Saddam is hell-bent on achieving atomic bombs, atomic capabilities, as soon as he can.”

“Today the United States must destroy the same regime because a nuclear-armed Saddam will place the security of our entire world at risk. And make no mistake about it — if and once Saddam has nuclear weapons, the terror networks will have nuclear weapons.”

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama
Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama

“Two decades ago, it was possible to thwart Saddam’s nuclear ambitions by bombing a single installation. But today, nothing less than dismantling his regime will do, because Saddam’s nuclear program has fundamentally changed in those two decades. He no longer needs one large reactor to produce the deadly material necessary for atomic bombs. He can produce it in centrifuges the size of washing machines that can be hidden throughout the country. And I want to remind you that Iraq is a very big country. It is not the size of Monte Carlo. It is a big country. And I believe that even free and unfettered inspections will not uncover these portable manufacturing sites of death.”

“In the years following the invasion, there was heavy criticism of both Israel and of pro-Israel lobbyists in the U.S., who were accused of dragging America into the war with Iraq, which cost the  lives of thousands of U.S. soldiers.”

US President Barack Obama with hand on back of Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu
US President Barack Obama with hand on back of Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu

According to a 7/21/15 Reuters report by Shibley Telhami, it seems that it was Prime Minister Netanyahu’s own attempts to steer the U.S. toward war with Iran that resulted in the Iran Nuclear agreement, a deal he hates. Ms. Telhami details what occurred in the following excerpts:

“Something happened in the lead-up to the 2012 U.S. presidential elections. The Israeli pressure on the Obama administration to take action substantially increased.”

“At first, it was hard to know if this was merely a political play. It was no secret that Netanyahu preferred the Republican nominee for president, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. His pressure on Obama was seen to be playing into the Republicans’ hands. But there was far more to the story than politics.”

Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu
Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

“The Israelis took steps in 2012 that portrayed as credible their threat to attack Iran – and inevitably drawing the United States into the fight. We don’t know much about the specifics, but reports revealed hints that the Obama administration was growing increasingly alarmed by Israel’s actions. The Netanyahu government was spending billions of dollars on a military buildup, as well as consolidating military cooperation with Azerbaijan near Iran’s northern borders.”

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (Photo by Baz Ratner-Pool/Getty Images)
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (Photo by Baz Ratner-Pool/Getty Images)

“Not until a year later were there whispered suggestions — including one from former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert — that Netanyahu had spent billions to make his threats look more credible to Washington rather than for serious military preparation.”

“What is clear is that the Israeli moves were taken seriously by the Obama administration, which shifted its assessment in 2012 as more high-level U.S. officials began to take the Israeli threat to attack as credible.”

ISRAEL general-1 GREAT NETANYAHU PIX“In recent months, similar allegations have been heard regarding Netanyahu’s exertion of pressure on U.S. President Barack Obama on the issue of Iran’s nuclear program. Such criticism is being voiced by senior American commentators, as well as on blogs and in social media.”

“The fact that the 2002 video is going viral now is evidence that many in the United States – especially those identified with the Democratic Party – believe that in the same way Netanyahu pushed the Bush administration into a war against Iraq, he is trying today to press Obama to launch military action against Iran.”

ISRAEL NETANYAHU - BLEEDING HEARTS“Still, it seems at times that Netanyahu has been using the Iranian issue as a hammer with which to browbeat both the U.S. administration and his domestic political rivals.”  (It was at this point that President Barack Obama began to proactively advocate for a diplomatic solution to derail Iran from further nuclear development. This led to the Summer 2015 Iran Nuclear deal.)

While Iraqi’s former leader, Saddam Hussein was an unseemly character who mistreated his citizens; who had previously used chemical weaponry, it was not a completely accurate assessment to state that he was close to developing nuclear capabilities. The same analysis can be applied to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s vocal evaluation of Iran’s current status regarding their nuclear capabilities. It appears that Prime Minister Netanyahu has a comfort level with using the politics of fear to garner support for his positions from others. As he continues to resort to these patterns, his credibility and judgment becomes increasingly questionable.

Most recently, in a 10/30/15 NY Times article, Jodi Rudaren tells how the Prime Minister Netanyahu had to publicly retract his prior controversial comments that a Palestinian inspired the Holocaust.

“After more than a week of local and international condemnation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel issued a statement on Friday retracting his accusation that it was a Palestinian cleric who gave Hitler the idea of annihilating Europe’s Jews during World War II.”

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“Mr. Netanyahu, criticized by Israeli historians for distorting facts, had already said he never intended to absolve Hitler of responsibility for the Holocaust by blaming the mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, but the new statement went further.”

“He went on: “Contrary to the impression that was created, I did not mean to claim that in his conversation with Hitler in November 1941 the Mufti convinced him to adopt the Final Solution. The Nazis decided on that by themselves.”


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