Avigdor Lieberman’s PowerPoint for Diplomatic Success™

In four simple slides:

Slide 1. Punish Ramallah.

Slide 2. Topple Hamas.

Slide 3. ????

Slide 4. Mideast Peace!

About Paul Mutter

Paul Mutter is a contributor to Mondoweiss, Foreign Policy in Focus and the Arabist.
Posted in Gaza, Iran, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Neocons, One state/Two states, US Politics

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  1. annie says:

    “collecting a price”

    what a freak.

    • annie says:

      whoa, that third link is freaky. and can someone spell this out for me clearly:

      the U.S. presence in Iraq might tempt the Israeli radical leaders to drag Washington into a war against its will, as the object of an attack.

      that is in the byline and it’s also the at the very end of the article. but the article doesn’t talk about this specifically. what does that mean ‘as the object of an attack’? does it mean attack before the US pulls out in order to drag it into war and keep US forces in iraq? does it mean escalate a war between iraq and iran again?

      • Dan Crowther says:

        I think what it means is, the radical Israeli’s might even consider a false flag operation against American forces in Iraq, while they are still there, so they can point the finger at Iran.

        • Charon says:

          It worked in 1983 in Lebanon… kinda. Former Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky said in his book that Israel was aware of it and allowed it to happen so the US would be pulled into the conflict. He has been the victim of a smear campaign for obvious reasons, however, Jimmy Carter repeated this. Peter Beter (yeah that’s his real name) on the other hand said in 1982, one year before it happened, that sources told him Mossad was planning such an attack for the purpose of drawing Americans into that war.

          Hasbarists can laugh it off all they want. When a country has a history of false flags it isn’t a laughing matter. Even if they’ve only admit one (Lavon Affair), denying the others doesn’t remove responsibility when only common sense is required to conclude it was them (like when they tried to blow up Mexican congress). One is bad enough anyways!

        • annie says:

          hmm, strange to be printing that in haaretz.

        • Dan Crowther says:

          yea, usually they save the good stuff for the Hebrew press

      • Charon says:

        annie, that’s pretty disturbing. One can interpret it several ways. My personal interpretation is the same as Dan’s. Iran already said they would attack US military sites in the ME during their war games. That was a showing of their power. It doesn’t compare to nuclear power but they showed it nonetheless probably because of these neocon champions of war.

  2. It may be simpler. If Israel attacks Iran, then Iran may respond by attacking the closest target it can: the US in Iraq. They don’t see the difference between USrael. That may be Israel’s calculation, which would also be their favoured way of maneouvring events. US lives for Israel’s relentless political thuggery? It wouldn’t be the first time. What does Israel care about American servicemen’s lives, as we have seen many times, but most significantly in the USS Liberty case. There is no doubt Israel wants the US to do its dirty work, it is just a question of how best to accomplish it. Chickenhawk shitstirrers.

    • piotr says:

      There is also Afghanistan and Strait of Hormuz. I think it depends how big the attack will be, and how many killed. A small attack can merely read to a defiant statement. Here is a trap: either the attack will do little, or it may bring a disaster. Israel can pick…

      • Avi_G. says:

        The problem is that the Saudi Arabian monarchy is itching for war with Iran. So to facilitate a US-led attack, Saudi Arabia had promised the US that in the event of a closure of the Hormuz, Saudi Arabia would boost output to meet US oil needs.

        Still, I am certain that a closure of the Straights would impact the global market and by extension affect the dollar. One can count on speculators for that.

        • piotr says:

          If Hormuz is closed, I am not sure if Saudis can redirect their all their output to Red Sea ports. And then there is Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Emirates and of course, Iran.

          It is also possible that Saudis already produce at capacity.