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WORLD OPINION: Israeli PM ‘cries wolf,’ unsettling the region

October 06. 2013 10:25PM
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Israel seems to be perplexed as the United States and Iran agreed to a thaw.

The high-profile interaction between the presidents of the U.S. and Iran has irked Tel Aviv, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s agenda is to warn the world of the impending dangers if Iran is granted concessions. This is brinkmanship politics and squarely reflects Israel’s unease on seeing its arch rival mend fences with the United States and Europe.

Like last year, Netanyahu used the forum of the United Nations General Assembly to air his grievances, urging member states not to believe in what the leadership in Tehran says or does. He went to the extent of calling President Hasan Rohani “deceptive” and more “dangerous” than his hawkish predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

When it comes to interstate relations, Netanyahu is more preoccupied with playing to the gallery. That was evident as he took the pain to visit the White House twice in the last year, though unwelcome to a great extent, trying to explain how essential it is to act against Tehran before it allegedly crosses the nuclear threshold.

The need of the hour is to keep in mind the sensitivities of both the rivals and try to find out how cooperation could help overcome the security and nuclear impasse in the region.

Israel should mind its business first, and realize how harmful its policies have been for the region, from the invasion of Lebanon to the occupation of Arab land elsewhere. At this point in time, Israel’s nightmare is a world in which its best ally, the U.S., and its worst enemy, Iran, go on to improve their bilateral relations. All this hip-hop diplomacy is meant to derail any possible normalization of ties between the two countries.

Tel Aviv should realize that a thaw in U.S. and Iran relations could help address the security imbroglio in the region and make it a better place in which to live. This crying wolf is uncalled for.

The Khaleej Times, Dubai

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