- Netanyahu’s Wars on Both Iran and Israel
by Uzi Benziman, https://www.haaretz.com/
It was enough to hear the talking points recited by Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz on the radio after Israel’s attack on Iranian “killer” drones this week to raise suspicions that the prime minister’s political interests were behind the operation. Katz called Iran the head of a snake being defanged by Israel. Katz repeated the message over and over, and it’s significant that he strives to etch in listeners’ minds Benjamin Netanyahu’s role in deciding to attack the drones and his contribution to the country’s security.
Not three hours after the broadcast, Netanyahu himself appeared all over the media taking credit for the attack, warning Iran and any other country aiding hostile attacks against Israel, and promising the people that he had given orders to do whatever necessary to ensure their security. Israelis went to sleep on a regular Saturday summer night and woke up to a stormy and tense day of constant reports on Israeli attacks in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestinian terror attacks in the West Bank and attacks from Gaza, which triggered Israeli military responses.
The ability of one man, Benjamin Netanyahu, to change with one order the state’s agenda, the overall atmosphere in the country and the vulnerability of the people to hostile actions is disturbing enough on routine days, and all the more so during election season. Netanyahu is now serving as a caretaker prime minister, and this fact should limit his authority to lead the country into major military confrontations.