Ethan Bronner writing on Iran, quotes a top Israeli official:
“For the Americans, Iran is a strategic threat. For us, it’s an existential one.”
Any journalist who pays any attention knows that Israeli leaders, including Barak and Livni, have repeatedly made clear, speaking in more serious conversations, that even a nuclear-armed Iran is not an existential threat to Israel, but rather a strategic challenge because it alters the regional balance of power… This existential threat business is what they use to scare the Americans, and their own electorate, although as Aluf Benn often warns, that could be a disaster. For Bibi, having told Israelis that it’s 1938 and Iran is Nazi Germany, may feel compelled to act on that basis.