I missed this story a few days ago because I was laid up in bed with a two-day virus. When I just read Bibi’s bitchy response after the end of the first round of P5 talks with Iran I had a hard time believing the guy is in his right mind. Here’s how he responded:
“My initial impression is that Iran has been given a freebie. It’s got five weeks to continue enrichment without any limitation.” He continued, “I think Iran should take immediate steps. First, stop all enrichment, take out all the enriched material and dismantle the nuclear facility in Qom. I believe that the world’s greatest practitioner of terrorism must not have the opportunity to develop atomic bombs.”
This is the response of a boorish ingrate. It reminds me of watching a 5 year-old boy opening a present at his birthday party. When it’s not what he wanted he screams and throws a hissy fit and embarrasses his parents and everyone else at the party. As a guest you look on in horror and feel both shock and sadness for the poor parents who tried so hard and were met with such tantrums.
Either Netanyahu is an idiot who doesn’t understand how complicated international negotiations work and how long the process can take before agreement is reached; or he’s simply a boor who believes the negotiations will fail and wants to do his best to help things along to their eventual collapse. Anyone reading this blog will know of my low opinion of Bibi. But this is a new low and the man is truly hateful.
What does he think’s going to happen between now and the next round of talks in Baghdad in five weeks? Will Iran finally put the bomb on the nuclear warhead and launch it between now and then? What’s the hurry? Was Iran supposed to throw up its hands in defeat during the first round and cry, Uncle? All in order to make Bibi happy?
Let him explain to Iran’s hungry and vulnerable on whom the sanctions are weighing hardest that the west’s just given them a freebie. It should resonate with them.
There’s a strong element of delusional narcissism (a concept I picked up from a former loyal reader, Shirin) in his utterances. The world seems to exist solely to make Bibi and the State of Israel happy. To the extent that this doesn’t happen it’s the world’s fault and they owe something to him for that. Personally, I think this guy was never taught limits by his mother. Pirkey Avot declares that the individual who says: “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine” is wicked. That just about sums up Bibi.
The Israeli prime minister has to know how this sort of churlishness will go over in Washington, but he really could care less. He’s unlike any other Israeli leader I can remember. There isn’t a hint or an ounce of humility or restraint. Like Meir Kahane before him, Bibi is simply in your face and could care less what you think. American president? Who cares? I lead the Jewish people and we have a date with divine destiny.
And who do you think Bibi was meeting with when he made the “freebie” comment? Sen. Joe Lieberman, of course. Who else? Joltin’ Joe and Bibi Freebie. A match made in neocon heaven.