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Reader comment on item: Netanyahu's Steady Hand

Submitted by yonason (United States), Jul 2, 2014 at 21:55

  • "(1) Going back to 1999, I have often criticized Netanyahu but the excellent analysis in this speech suggests a steady hand at the helm."

An alcoholic with the D.T.'s is more "steady." As you know, the Beeb has a history, and it's one that's long on talk and short on deterrent action. He thinks that just because he says something, reality will comply. It never does.

Netanyahu tries to project a tough image through his many speeches. You would think that by now Israelis would be tired of his stock response of talking tough and running away. At least Steven Plaut 'get's it' - "Three days of intensive military action in Gaza with virtually no terrorists killed? More "signaling that Israel is deadly serious"? " (from his July 1st article here)

  • "(2) All the more important to have an American ally that understands security concerns when the Obama administration is clueless. (July 2, 2014)"

With America foolishly siding with the enemies of civilization, and blaming Israel for the failure of said folly, it's hard to see the wisdom of going too far out on a limb for such a "friend." The sympathy of Americans notwithstanding, it's her leaders' policies with which Netanyhu is saddled and must contend, and they are not those of an ally.

Finally, I agree with Dr. Pipes' assessment that "It's probably not wise for the head of a government, who has enough on his hands, to engage in such public speculations." - But I agree in this case mostly because it is Netanyahu we're talking about. A real leader might be able to make it work. Unfortunately words alone, which is all Netanyahu ever employs, will not suffice.

One should not throw stones at a hornets nest unless one has an effective plan to neutralize them. Sadly, BiBi has never had such a plan, and likely hasn't one now.

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