by Jonas E. Alexis
Netanyahu must have been humiliated again. This man is so out of touch with reality that even the Mossad—yes, the Israeli Mossad, which is essentially a terrorist cell and which has assassinated Iranian scientists in the past—had to dismiss him this time. Bloomberg reported,
“The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has broken ranks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, telling U.S. officials and lawmakers that a new Iran sanctions bill in the U.S. Congress would tank the Iran nuclear negotiations.”
The Obama administration, which doesn’t seem to wage a war against Iran, seized the opportunity to dismiss Netanyahu yet again.
“Evidence of the Israeli rift surfaced Wednesday when Secretary of State John Kerry said that an unnamed Israeli intelligence official had said the new sanctions bill would be ‘like throwing a grenade into the process.’
“Two senior U.S. officials tell us that the Mossad has also shared its view with the administration that if legislation that imposed a trigger leading to future sanctions on Iran was signed into law, it would cause the talks to collapse.
“This is not the first time Israel’s Mossad has been at odds with Netanyahu on Iran. In December 2010, former Mossad chief Meir Dagan told Israeli reporters that he had openly opposed an order from Netanyahu to prepare a military attack on Iran. At the time, Obama was also working to persuade the Israeli prime minister to hold off on attacking Iran.”
I think the Obama administration should resurrect the chicken thing again and tell Netanyahu that the United States is no longer for sale. But Obama would have to have serious guts to publicly take such a stand. The New York Times has just recently reported,
” The White House said on Thursday that President Obama would not meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israelwhen he comes here in March to speak to a joint session of Congress and to lobby for new sanctions on Iran that Mr. Obama opposes, the latest twist in a dispute that has marked a new low in relations between the two leaders and which now threatens the chances of a nuclear deal with Tehran.
“The White House statement came after Mr. Netanyahu announced that he would speak to Congress in March, not next month as he had originally been invited to do, apparently sensing that he had committed a major diplomatic blunder by not first coordinating his visit with the White House.”
The Boston Globe came with similar conclusions, saying things like Netanyahu’s actions “may have directly undermined his own political fortunes.”
If Obama fails to deliver an ultimatum to Netanyahu, I think Netanyahu should listen to Jim W. Dean’s advice. A few months ago, one student happened to posit an astonishingly irrational statement in one of my classes, which brought almost the entire class to laughter. One student immediately declared, “Dude, we’ll open the window for you. Why don’t you take a jump?” Of course it was a joke, and the entire class once again roared with laughter.
Wouldn’t you be pleased to open the window for Mr. Netanyahu? Wouldn’t it be interesting to say, “Go ahead, Bro. Shalom”?
 See for example Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal, Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service (New York: HarperCollins, 2012).
 Josh Rogin and Eli Lake, “Rogue, Warns U.S. on Iran Sanctions,” Bloomberg, January 21, 2015.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book Zionism vs. the West: How Talmudic Ideology is Undermining Western Culture. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.