I’m dating myself here, but there once was a movie called Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, hence the title of today’s post. The adventure” in the title of course refers to Bibi Netanyahu and Ehud Barak’s next military adventure.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an Israeli prime minister in search of political fortune must be in want of a war. Most previous Israeli prime ministers have had an excellent war to add to their political resumes, but poor Bibi has none. During his previous term he didn’t even get to invade Lebanon or bomb any nuclear reactors in Syria. What a diadem to add to his political crown if he could just be a bit more like Menachem Begin, Ariel Sharon or Yithak Rabin and lead the nation to victory in a rollicking good war.
I write all this by way of introducing a TV interview I did yesterday for Channel 10’s Tzinor Layla news program (at 6:20 of the above video), which was naturally devoted to the (then) coming prisoner exchange that would free Gilad Shalit and hundreds of Palestinian prisoner. A number of well-placed Israeli military and intelligence correspondents have been writing with virtual certainty that the next major project on Netanyahu’s agenda is an attack on Iran. That’s the subject of the interview. I haven’t seen the video so I don’t know how much of what I say in English will be audible. But Israelis can certainly watch it and hopefully English speakers as well.