There is barely a correct sentence in this piece. I'll just pick a few for those who have no information about Israel. Netanyahu is not ultra conservative. There are in the Knesset far more conservative than he is. On the religious side (he is not religious at all) there are the Ashkenasi and Sephardi ultra Orthodox parties. On the nationalist side there is Ichud Haleumi and Habayit Hayehudi. Some would argue Israel Beitenu (Lieberman) is more conservative but I don't agree with that point of view. My opinion is that if Netanya was an Australian, British or American politician he would fit comfortably into the mainstream Liberal, Conservative and Republican parties. Netanyahu's comments that the UN is "the theater of the absurd" and "automatic majorities ... can decide that the sun sets in the west or rises in the west [sic]." are neither original, nor false nor extreme. Anyone interested in following this up should check out UN Watch. http://www.unwatch.org/ Netanyahu is not incredibly unpopular at home. He was elected Prime Minister in free elections, holds a safe majority and if an election was held today would (if opinion polls can be relied on) be elected again. I'm not totally sure what a moderate, liberal or leftist is but judging by the votes received in the last Knesset elections it is they who are unpopular. 'Iran is, after all, surrounded by nuclear-armed foes and potential foes: Israel, India and Pakistan, not to mention the United States in neighboring Iraq and Afghanistan.' Whether Israel has nuclear weapons has never been disclosed and whether it should have them or should is another issue for debate. However to accuse Pakistan or India possessing a small number of bombs as a reason for Iran's effort is extreme paranoia. America has of course the bomb but doesn't need to sit in Iraq or Afghanistan to deliver them to Iran. On the other hand Iran threatens her immediate region perhaps as far as parts of Southern and Eastern Europe. It has no way of reaching the continental United States.
UN to hold off on separate Afghan bombing probe for now (Reuters)
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