Bibi Netanyahu will shortly touch down in Paris where he’ll be feted by the French president at Elysee Palace. The photo ops there will show the world and voters back home that despite his promoting war with Iran he’s welcome in the world capitals. I’m not a mad dog after all, will be the message to voters.
The interview he gave to French media shows he’s taken leave of his senses and rationality when it comes to contemplating the impact of war on Iran:
An Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities won’t destabilize the Middle East, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview to a French magazine on Tuesday, adding, moreover, that such a move would only serve to restore security in the region.
“Five minutes after [an attack], contrary to what the skeptics say, I think a feeling of relief will spread across the region,” Netanyahu told Paris Match, adding: “Iran isn’t popular in the Arab world, far from it. Some governments in the region, as well as their citizens, have understood that a nuclear-armed Iran would be dangerous for them, not just for Israel.”
Five minutes after Israel’s attack something will spread across the region, but it won’t be relief. It will be Iranian missiles and other armaments directed at Israeli targets and possibly U.S. as well. As for those in the region who supposedly will welcome an attack, as soon as Israel launches those missiles those nations will likely join in denunciations of Israel before the UN. The Muslim world will stand united, even those suspicious of Iran’s motives and policies, against the naked aggression of Israel. Such action in the UN will undoubtedly be followed by a U.S. Security Council veto thereby covering the ass of our ally and proxy.
We have the bizarre prospect of Bibi cultivating (or trying to) warm ties with the Socialist Hollande in order to offset the frigid ties he had with his right-wing predecessor, Nicholas Sarkozy.
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.