Netanyahu stopped lying. Why that's scary.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently accidentally tweeted the truth, and people noticed.
Just before a U.S.-sponsored conference that was supposed to be about Iran but isn’t, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu changed the subject back again. At the conference in Warsaw, he said, Israel would be meeting in public with Arab foreign ministers “to advance the common interest of war with Iran,” according to a tweet from his office.
Yikes. Twitter pounced. Headlines blared. The prime minister’s office swiftly erased the tweet and claimed there was a translation error. A new tweet changed “war with Iran” to “combating Iran.”
There was no point in deleting the tweet. Everyone knows the truth.
— Aron Heller (@aronhellerap) February 13, 2019
While this caught people's attention, this is actually just the latest in a pattern of "truth-telling" by Netanyahu that shows how completely evil his administration is.
Less than two weeks ago the Netanyahu Administration told the truth about Israel's involvement in Syria's civil war.
In his final days as the Israel Defense Forces’ Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot confirmed, on the record, that Israel had directly supported anti-Assad Syrian rebel factions in the Golan Heights by arming them.
This revelation marks a direct break from Israel’s previous media policy on such matters. Until now, Israel has insisted it has only provided humanitarian aid to civilians (through field hospitals on the Golan Heights and in permanent healthcare facilities in northern Israel), and has consistently denied or refused to comment on any other assistance.
To put that into context, the only Syrian rebel groups that bordered Israel from 2015 to 2018 was al-Qaeda and ISIS.
That's our cherished ally, arming head-chopping jihadists that are supposedly our enemies.
Netanyahu has also stopped lying about bombing Syria.
Then yesterday, the Netanyahu Administration doubled-down on their war threats.
Israel’s military intelligence has said that “Iran may use Iraq as a launching pad to target Israel, which would call for a response from Tel Aviv”.
“Israeli airstrikes against Iranian forces in Syria may prompt Iranians to build military and missile facilities,” it said in its annual assessment, adding: “This situation will require Israel to intensify its intelligence efforts in Iraq, with the possibility of taking operational steps there if Iranian proliferation becomes a military threat”.
Besides bombing Gaza, Lebanon, and Syria, Israel now wants to bomb Iraq.
Iraq. Where we have thousands of soldiers stationed, supposedly to "watch" Iran.
Trump's comment has raised Iraqi fears that the U.S. could draw it into conflict with neighboring Iran. It has also left U.S. officials, including the acting defense secretary, scrambling to reassure Iraqi leaders that the United States respects Iraqi sovereignty... Several opposing parties are now increasing efforts to move parliament to a vote on ending the U.S. presence when lawmakers reconvene in March.
There are two takeaways from Netanyahu's horrible honesty.
1) No politician like Netanyahu discards lying unless he's confident that there will be no consequences for telling the truth.
And he's right. Washington will back the Israeli government no matter how many wars it starts and how many atrocities it commits.
2) Netanyahu is broadening and expanding his violence. He wants a retaliation. He wants some Israeli casualties. He wants an open war with Iran.
Netanyahu has a good reason for this. Because while Israel is unmatched militarily in the region (especially with the U.S. backing), Netanyahu does fear one thing: his growing corruption scandal.
The announcement set Israel abuzz with suspense late Monday afternoon: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a “dramatic statement” to deliver at 8 p.m., at the start of the most heavily watched news hour.
Would it be about Iran? Hezbollah? Hamas? The Trump peace plan?
The subject, it turned out, was an existential threat not to Israel, but to Mr. Netanyahu’s career.
For seven minutes on live television — enormously valuable exposure with elections only three months away — Mr. Netanyahu railed against a corruption investigation into his dealings with several Israeli media tycoons that is widely expected to culminate soon in an indictment on bribery and other criminal charges.
At least one television channel cut away midspeech.
Others carried the full performance, which was indeed dramatic if not quite in the way Mr. Netanyahu intended. The announcement, a chorus of political rivals and analysts quickly concluded, was the drama of a hunted animal sensing that the hunters were closing off his escape routes.
“Bibi is a-f-r-a-i-d,” Ehud Barak, the former prime minister who defeated Mr. Netanyahu in 1999 and is angling for another run, wrote on Twitter.
Chemi Shalev, a columnist for the newspaper Haaretz, wrote that Mr. Netanyahu’s belief “that his procedural demand to confront states’ witnesses is worthy of a dramatic prime-time address to the nation is A. Disturbing B. A sign of his escalating hysteria.”
And this is why countless innocent people must die.