A dangerous prime minister
A prime minister who launches a vicious attack aimed at delegitimizing senior security officials who are not willing to change their tune and adapt their professional views to his position is a dangerous prime minister.
A person, even a prime minister, who is convinced he's making the right decision and that it will lead to positive results, isn't usually preoccupied by an investigation committee that might be established in the aftermath of his correct move. Still, Benjamin Netanyahu probably understands that the decision to strike Iran's nuclear facilities might have disastrous consequences, otherwise he wouldn't have said "If there will be an investigation committee, I'll come up and say that I'm responsible." If the prime minister was assured about the possible outcome of the strike, he would be scornful about the very mention of such a committee.
One must conclude that secretly, Netanyahu agrees with the assessments voiced by security officials, including the chief of staff, the Air Force commander, the General Command and even Shin Bet security service senior officials, that a strike will lead to a severe calamity. But the prime minister is a captive of an ideological trap of his own design. Netanyahu doesn't analyze the Iranian threat and the ways to deal with it in a rational manner, but rather in terms of the Holocaust and redemption. An Iranian nuclear bomb, as far as he's concerned, spells the end of the Zionist revival, thus leading to the comparison between Iran and Nazi Germany. According to this view, Israel is a modern-day Czechoslovakia on eve of the 1938 Munich crisis, and just as the powers of the time abandoned Czechoslovakia, today's Western powers are willing to sacrifice Israel, which will certainly be doomed if Iran attains nuclear capabilities.
Netanyahu is convinced that he must prevent this scenario. He must clarify that Israel won't be led to the slaughter in 2012, as Czechoslovakia was in 1938. He believes in earnest that his role is not only to save Israel, but the whole world from the threat of nuclear arms in the hand of the ayatollahs.
Fortunately for Israel, Netanyahu believes, he is the prime minister at the helm at this crucial moment, and the correct decision will be reached during his term.
This accounts for his unprecedented remarks concerning senior IDF and Shin Bet officials participating in the Iran debates. These officials, as is common knowledge, unequivocally oppose the strike and their position is not only diametrically opposed to his but also reflects very badly on Netanyahu, depicting him as one who deliberately ignores and heaps scorn on whoever disagrees with him. Netanyahu criticized the senior officials, implying that they arrive at the debates with only thoughts of covering their backsides.
"I've had enough of this atmosphere," he said. "It is present at the discussions. People present graphs that are intended only for the investigation committee. I told them to let go of the graphs and stop talking to the transcripts, but address the issue."
It seems that the prime minister's harsh words went unnoticed amid the hustle and bustle and high emotions concerning the Iranian issue. Netanyahu not only doubted the integrity of his senior security officials, but also clarified that he has no faith in the professional analysis and scenarios they present in the debates. In fact, Netanyahu said that the chief of staff, the Air Force commander and all the other officials are presenting at the debates a position intended solely to save their skins in a possible future inquest, rather than their true position, which, Netanyahu believes, should naturally support the strike. A prime minister who launches a vicious attack aimed at delegitimizing senior security officials who are not willing to change their tune and adapt their professional views to his position is a dangerous prime minister, whose reasoning and judgment cannot be trusted.