Flanked by Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon and Navy Vice Admiral Ram Rothberg, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a press conference on Monday in the southern Israeli port city of Eilat. This was where the Israel Defense Forces unloaded the cargo of the Panamanian-flagged Klos C ship, intercepted by commandos last Wednesday, which originated in Iran and was bound for Gaza.
The "show and tell" presentation, which took place alongside rows of long-range missiles, mortar shells and hundreds of thousands of AK-47 bullets, was to illustrate to the international community that the Islamic Republic is on the war path.
It is not exactly a hot news flash that Iran is going full speed ahead with its nuclear program. Nor have statements emanating out of Tehran done anything to assuage Western fears. On the contrary, Iran's defense minister has been boldly flexing his muscles and boasting about newer and deadlier weapons in his army's arsenal.
Netanyahu himself is engaged in diplomatic negotiations that are no less false, with a partner whose intentions are just as ill.
Though the Palestinian Authority is a weaker entity than Iran, it shares the Islamic Republic's aim to annihilate Israel. Like Rouhani, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is credited with being a more moderate alternative to his predecessor. And like Tehran, Ramallah keeps protesting its innocence, as a way of keeping the funds flowing.
Netanyahu is fully aware of this, which is why he has been insisting that the P.A. curb terrorism, desist from incitement and recognize Israel as a Jewish state as preconditions for a "peace" deal. More