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    • 23.06.10 | 19:37 (IDT)

    Soon after Netanyahu took office for the first time (1996) it was clear that he was a failure. A British diplomat (or was it the foreign minister?) described him as "a drunk lurching from one lamp-post to the next". We see a repeat performance now, although it is developing a bit slower. Let us look at the damage, so far: 1. The peace process with the Palestinians is essentially stuck, and with the Syrians it is non-existent. 2. Israel's standing in the world has sunk so low that it is approaching the status of a pariah state. 3. The low standing is even getting to be shared by the US, where recently an influential analyst (A. Cordesman) wrote that Israel is of "tertiary" value to US national interests. 4. The unusual friendship with Turkey, a major Muslim state, and a strategic achievement conceived by and worked on since the days of David Ben-Gurion is simply given up for some unclear reasons of "national honor". Can things get worse? Of course. How about a military attack against Iran? What is wrong with Netanyahu? A psychologist might say that he is a weak man who is driven to appear strong and this drive overcomes better judgment. I don't know the roots of his problem except that he is clearly a progressing tragedy for Israel and we should get rid of him fast. No, very fast.

    from the article: Netanyahu to human rights activists: Sail to Tehran, not Gaza
    First published 19:00 23.06.10 | Last updated 19:00 23.06.10
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