|Netanyahu’s UN circus show amused no one||
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent presentation at the United Nations General Assembly, in which he alleged that there is an Iranian nuclear threat, was meant to increase the animosity toward Iran in the international community.
However, the move has been met with disdain by various governments and media outlets, and many have described it as an insult to the UN and its member states. The childish move brought to mind the time when former U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell laid out a flawed case against Iraq nine years ago.
The other issue which caught the attention of the international community at the recent United Nations General Assembly session was the level of U.S. President Barack Obama’s disagreement with Netanyahu and his propaganda against the Iranian threat. During his speech at the UN, Obama once again insisted on the need to resolve the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program through peaceful means, while Netanyahu kept insisting that military action is the only solution to the issue. The U.S.-Israeli dispute over Iran has intensified over the past few months, and Netanyahu has been harshly criticized, both inside and outside Israel, for his hawkish stance.
Traditionally, the Zionist lobby exerts a considerable degree of influence on U.S. politics, and this will be the case again in the upcoming presidential election. However, the fact that Obama is overtly brushing off Israel’s propaganda against Iran seems to have irritated Netanyahu to no end. In fact, political analysts say Netanyahu’s use of a primitive diagram at the UN is a sign of his frustration with Obama and an attempt to play a final trump card before the presidential election.
Everyone knows that Israel will never be capable of attacking Iran without U.S. support, and Netanyahu’s desperate speech at the UN proved that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in its efforts to incite the international community to launch a military strike against Iran.
Hassan Lasjerdi is a political analyst and an expert on Turkey and the Middle East based in Tehran.
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