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Published 02:15 18.09.13

Netanyahu’s deceptive tactics obscure strategic success

By Avi Shilon

The prevailing argument regarding the U.S.-Russian agreement to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons is that it's a bad development, even a failure, for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Iranian strategy. Since Israel behaved as though it was hoping for a U.S. attack – both behind the scenes and in the dissemination of reports to the effect that Military Intelligence had intercepted conversations confirming that Syrian President Bashar Assad had deliberately used chemical weapons – the natural conclusion is that the cancellation of the operation is a blow to Israeli policy. A policy that hoped that an attack would send a signal to Iran and undermine its ally.