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In case you have not heard the word from Israel: Time has “run out”, there’s no time left for further negotiations with Iran, Iran will have a bomb in 6 months, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” Quite simply, Israel is freaking out.

In a statement it says: “There is no need to be fooled by the words… The test is not in what Rouhani says, but in the deeds of the Iranian regime, which continues to advance its nuclear program with vigor while Rouhani is being interviewed.”

And Netanyahu cries wolf: “… A recalcitrant state that develops or acquires weapons of mass destruction is certainly likely to use them. It is possible to say that ultimately it will use them.”

So what’s the urgency all of a sudden? Well: Obama and Rouhani will likely meet next week at the UN, Obama has stated that there is a “potential of resolving” the nuclear issue with Iran diplomatically, and everyone’s talking about Iran’s “U.S.-targeted public relations initiative by Rouhani“.

Rouhani has taken to twitter to reach a western audience (although he doesn’t personally type them); his feed lit up over his op-ed yesterday in the Washington Post in which he declared an end to “the age of blood feuds”. The op-ed came just two days after he gave an exclusive interview to NBC News.

Listen to the undercurrent of excitement in Andrea Mitchell’s framing on NBC News:

Mitchell:  This is a very, very big deal. I can tell you at the White House and at the highest levels of the State Department they were watching for this all day. They were looking for these signals in this interview. Because he made it very clear he wants a deal on the nuclear weapons. The president told José Díaz-Balart  on Telemundo yesterday he wants to test his seriousness. That is what they are going to be looking for at the U.N. There is no formal meeting scheduled, they are not planning one. But unlike Ahmadinejad, his predecessor, you can very well understand that next week when both of them are at the U.N., the same time, the same place, they are going to look for an opportunity to see each other, to perhaps have a real conversation. And they believe that Iran wants this because of the sanctions, because they are crippling the economy, that the time is right but there is a short window to see whether Iran is serious, whether this man with a clerical background can do the deal. I was told by a top top State Department official they have been working on the back channel for two years and one of the significant players is the foreign minister Zarif who was the U.N. Ambassador and is well known to everyone in this administration.

“Top top State Department officials” say they have been working on this for 2 years.

And the timing couldn’t be better.

Financial Times reports Netanyahu’s government has “long embraced the role of Cassandra” but with the prospect of leaders meeting with Rouhani, the country’s underlying worry is that “Israel is being outmanoeuvred on a fast-changing diplomatic landscape”.

AIPAC is angered, calls for further sanctions and the threat of military action:

Pleasant rhetoric will not suffice…. sanctions must be increased… Strengthening the credibility of military action against Iran’s nuclear program is crucial if talks are to succeed.

Like clockwork, one of the lobby’s cherished minions, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, is pursuing a new congressional resolution authorizing the U. S. to use military force in Iran. He’s parroting (in video) the 6 month time frame too. But he may be a day late and a dollar short.

MSNBC’s The Maddow Blog: Lindsey Graham already queuing up the next conflict:

I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that this resolution won’t have a whole lot of co-sponsors. If most of the country and most of the Congress was highly skeptical about limited strikes in Syria, the appetite for a military confrontation with Iran is likely to be even more limited.

That said, I’m sure Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will be delighted.

How many decades are we supposed to abide by Israel’s fear mongering? Netanyahu will address the UN General Assembly on October 1, in a speech focusing on Iran, again. The American public has heard Netanyahu cry wolf one too many times, and now he sees a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Cry me a river instead.




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  1. seafoid
    September 20, 2013, 3:56 pm

    “The test is not in what Rouhani says, but in the deeds of the Iranian regime”

    Regarding peace with the Palestinians,the test is not in what any bot says but in the policies Israel enforces on the West Bank. Israeli promises are worthless.

    “the country’s underlying worry is that “Israel is being outmanoeuvred on a fast-changing diplomatic landscape”.

    It was already sidelined by Latinos and female voters last November despite Adelson’s hundreds of millions.

    Israel can only offer the world more nihilism. You don’t see many nihilistic videos on youtube. Poor Israel can’t do sexy.

  2. FreddyV
    September 20, 2013, 4:00 pm

    re·gime also ré·gime (r-zhm, r-)
    a. A form of government: a fascist regime.
    b. A government in power; administration: suffered under the new regime.
    2. A prevailing social system or pattern that Israel doesn’t like.
    3. The period during which a particular administration or system prevails.
    4. A regulated system, as of diet and exercise; a regimen.


  3. seafoid
    September 20, 2013, 4:07 pm

    Israel has long embraced the role of Cassandra

    The wrong Cassandra of course

    Keep Israel at war baby
    You know it feels right
    Take the hasbara higher
    AIPAC is begging you to
    We’ll tell you what you are feeling
    And you’ll be paranoid too

    • MHughes976
      September 20, 2013, 4:13 pm

      Cassandra was never believed. That has not been Israel’s experience!

      • lysias
        September 20, 2013, 4:53 pm

        After Troy lost the Trojan War, Cassandra ended up as a war captive slaughtered by Clytemnestra, the wife of her captor Agamemnon.

  4. MHughes976
    September 20, 2013, 4:12 pm

    Perhaps something constructive and all-round beneficial (even to the Israelis) is about to happen. But you never know with Obama, do you?

  5. piotr
    September 20, 2013, 4:25 pm

    The idea that one can keep “increasing sanctions” has obvious limits. If Iran adopts a reasonable posture, the sanctions can be quite severely weakened. And attack on Iran will lead to a disaster if it is opposed by Russia and China: Iran can close straight of Hormuz, but it also has to trade with SOMEONE afterwards, but if Iran gets a mix of explicit and tacit support, it may keep Hormuz closed until it gets monetary reparations for the attack. Rouhani has to convinced Russia, China, India etc. that he is reasonable enough.

    For Zionists it would be suicidal to bet the farm on the war with Syria, and even more with Iran. On Syria we have seen that they effectively folded (some grumbling statements were issued but that was about it). Somehow, Iran is proclaimed as a top priority. If you try to take it on the face value it is really weird (to geographically challenged: check where is Israel, Syria and Iran in Western Asia and measure the distances). Therefore I suspect hidden motivations.

    One motivation is to have a reliable and safe target of kvetching. The very impossibility of an attack on Iran makes the kvetching safe. This begs the question why kvetching has such great importance. It is obvious in the case of the Lobby: Lobby requires a crisis to raise money, so a nice harmless but convincing crisis is as good as money. It is a bit less obvious in the case of the government of Israel.

    I think that to a large extend, GoI is the creature of the Lobby. Members of the Lobby own most important media outlets in Israel, fund political parties and politicians etc. Of course, the senior members of the lobby spend money rather then raise money. I suspect that their motivation includes a pursuit of grandeur. The main project of Israel is reclaiming the patrimony of Joshua, but on a practical level that translates to harassing villagers and this is not grand at all. In contrast, an attack on Iran evokes Alexander the Great, and you can’t get any grander than that. Even dreaming about it feels really nice.

    Lastly, folks who are truly scared of Iran and for quite rational reasons are Arab monarchs from the Gulf region, these folks have a lot of money in any way you can measure it and are valuable allies to have.

    • ritzl
      September 20, 2013, 5:07 pm

      Great comment.

    • Xpat
      September 20, 2013, 9:58 pm

      reclaiming the patrimony of Joshua, but on a practical level that translates to harassing villagers
      Pretty much what Joshua did, although he did it with considerably less success than the Israelis. After an initial powerful start at Jericho, his campaign petered out and he failed to conquer all those little, hilltop fiefdoms.
      If you want biblical and grand, may I suggest Solomon.

      • piotr
        September 20, 2013, 11:05 pm

        On the basis of archaeology, there was no conquest, and no Exodus. What happened was that there was a 50-100 year drought that eliminated totally crop agriculture in Palestine except for the coastal area. Then the drought ended and the natives started to create villages in the hills of what became Ephraim, Manasseh and, a bit later, Judah etc. and created a tribal federation hostile to the coastal people (ruled by Philistines who came from Aegean).

        Later the folks could see old ruins and tried to make sense out of it, plus they invented a glorious past. A bit like the Welch who remembered king Arthur who conquered France. among other exploits. Or king Lear. (Once I mentioned that they could mimick the Jews and kick Anglo-Saxons out to Saxony and Angle, and one Welch guy chimed in that it would actually make a lot of sense. Luckily for the English, they are not supported by the powerful diasporah.)

  6. radii
    September 20, 2013, 4:52 pm

    hey israel, you decided to be the immovable stone and guess what? … everyone is simply going around you now

  7. piotr
    September 20, 2013, 4:55 pm
  8. seafoid
    September 20, 2013, 5:17 pm

    I wonder how they measure the success of their media blitzes. I wouldn’t be surprised if the numbers were way down this year.
    People must be sick of the constant state of emergency that Israel presents in order to further its warmongering,. Netanyahu is very popular at home but he’s a real sleazebag to a lot of Europeans.

  9. American
    September 20, 2013, 5:20 pm

    These are encouragng signs.
    And gee, what was WaPo thinking letting Rouhani speak thru them.
    Might O or the State Dep have had something to do with that?

    Hope though that the CIA and military intel is really *on the alert* for any Isr false flags and dirty tricks. The zios dont have the smarts to play chess with the Persians or a former KGB master player like Putin—- more sneaky smash and grab practitioners’ so they will try some thing under and heavy handed to upset any progress.

  10. traintosiberia
    September 20, 2013, 6:27 pm

    An attack by Israel at this moment will achieve a lot. It will weaken the hand of the current government who will show intransigence and may not even meet the our pliable and pliant president . The possibility will recede from memory .Very soon we will be reminded how Iran has been slowed down in quest for nukes but more works / heavy listings by the West are still needed to continue this fight .There will be Iranian interference in the corrupt gulf regime and against Israel more open and possibly more lethal bringing the fence sitters like China ,India,Brazil to veer to the views of Israeli dominated west. Russi a will choose to go silent. A new wave of sanctions will decimate the poor,sick,and the old Iranian from diseases and. poverty.
    There is another possibility that Russia will not accept any of these nonsenses .The WWW4 ,the dream of McCain, Podohoretz, Bernard Lewis, Krthamer, Mylorie, Goldberg ,Wosley,Kagan, Kristol ,Libby, Wolfowitz,Abrams,Feith will become a real nightmare for the rest of us.

  11. Justpassingby
    September 20, 2013, 6:55 pm

    Israel is on again with lies..Could we expect false flag by Israel?
    Obama have refused to meet Rouhani btw due the wish of crazy netanyahu.

  12. HarryLaw
    September 20, 2013, 7:48 pm

    The US/Israel dispute with Iran is based on Iran’s right to enrich uranium to a grade required for use in their reactors, a right enshrined in International law and which the Iranians with the backing of overwhelming support from the Iranian public will not give up under any circumstances, it is up to the US to give up on their unreasonable and illegal demand that Iran should give up their right to any enrichment, I am not convinced the US will do so, rather they might see Rouhani’s flexibility and reasonableness as a sign of weakness and, as is their nature, apply more sanctions, remember the deal Turkey and Brazil negotiated with Iran in 2010 which was based on terms Obama wanted, only to be slapped down and virtually told to mind their own business, the balls is in America’s court but their hubris and arrogance is such that I don’t think any deal will be made.

    • traintosiberia
      September 21, 2013, 11:56 am

      The dispute is based on the fact that Iran has stopped behaving as it used to under the Shah and has not followed the example of Saudi or Jordan or Egypt. Daniel Pletka and Israeli politicians admitted not to long ago that the nuclear activities by Iran posed risk not to Isralei defense but to the Israeli offense or more precisely to Israeli adventures in and around itself ,to the periodic forays inLebanon or to Gaza and even to countries like Sudan. Also the constant tension helps Israel to keep the gravy train moving out of Germany,US,and also keeps domestic reforms in Arab countries on hold benefitting those who will not pick up a fight with Israel over Palestine.But above all it helps Israel to steal more and more lands inPalestine while allowing continuos provision of escape hatch to the pseudo intellectuals and false human right advocate and progressive columnist like T Friedman or Nicholas Kristoff.

      • annie
        September 21, 2013, 3:01 pm

        trains, a refresher video on Daniel Pletka

        Israel’s true fear re Iran is… balance of power

        The biggest problem for the United States is not Iran getting a nuclear weapon and testing it, it’s Iran getting a nuclear weapon and not using it. Because the second that they have one and they don’t do anything bad, all of the naysayers are going to come back and say, “See, we told you Iran is a responsible power. We told you that Iran wasn’t getting nuclear weapons in order to use them immediately…” And they will eventually define Iran with nuclear weapons as not a problem.

      • traintosiberia
        September 21, 2013, 5:06 pm

        Thank you.

  13. ritzl
    September 20, 2013, 10:01 pm

    It’s tough to know whether this is the current title or not given the NYT’s ongoing content adjustments, but “Netanyahu Scoffs at Iranian Overtures, Setting Stage for Showdown With U.S.” is the title now here.

    WTF are these people thinking (both the reporters and the objects of the reporting)?

    A “Showdown with the US?” How did we get to a place where that is even as high as #18 on the summarization of current events list? Doesn’t showdown suggest some legitimate equality? Who in their right mind believes Israel is the US’s equal? I know that there are people who WANT to believe it, but it isn’t even remotely close to reality.

    Delusional. Desperate. End game.

    • piotr
      September 20, 2013, 11:13 pm

      This whole idea of “reassuring Israel” is very sound, but the execution is lacking. I would send Ms. Rebecca Martinson to explain that the President does not give a [fleeting sexual energy = ff] about what they think about Iran and American people do not give a ff and so on. Any parent knows that children will keep giving tantrums as long as it works.

    • annie
      September 21, 2013, 12:05 am

      radical ritzl, it’s now titled “As It Makes Overtures to Iran, U.S. Strives to Reassure Israel”. but i googled it and sure enough:

      Netanyahu Scoffs at Iranian Overtures, Setting Stage for Showdown ……/prime-minister-netanyahu-on-iranian-president-rou…‎
      Netanyahu Scoffs at Iranian Overtures, Setting Stage for Showdown With U.S.. By JODI RUDOREN. Published: September 20, 2013. JERUSALEM — Israel’s …

      Netanyahu Scoffs at Iranian Overtures, Setting Stage for Showdown ……/Netanyahu-Scoffs-at-Irania-in-General_News-Ira…‎
      7 hours ago – Netanyahu Scoffs at Iranian Overtures, Setting Stage for Showdown With U.S.. Quicklink submitted by Sheila Samples Permalink Related …

      Netanyahu Scoffs at Iranian Overtures, Setting Stage for Showdown ……/netanyahu-scoffs-at-iranian-overtures-setting-stage-fo…‎
      10 hours ago – The Israeli prime minister condemned the Iranian president even as President Obama reached out to him, highlighting their dispute over how to …

      Quoted in: #Netanyahu Scoffs at #Iran Overtures, Setting Stage for …‎
      6 hours ago – Quoted in: #Netanyahu Scoffs at #Iran Overtures, Setting Stage for Showdown With U.S. – #iran by …

  14. talknic
    September 20, 2013, 10:03 pm

    “he made it very clear he wants a deal on the nuclear weapons” …. “Strengthening the credibility of military action against Iran’s nuclear program”

    They just can’t help themselves can they… at every chance … as though there is definite evidence … it’s like the plague

    • just
      September 20, 2013, 11:24 pm

      It IS a plague, and I am sick of it.

      Israel and the US have got to stop their wickedness.

    • seafoid
      September 21, 2013, 1:24 am

      Or a dog with a thing for a good table leg

  15. eljay
    September 20, 2013, 10:08 pm

    >> And Netanyahu cries wolf: “… A recalcitrant state that develops or acquires weapons of mass destruction is certainly likely to use them. It is possible to say that ultimately it will use them.”

    recalcitrant: Having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority.

    He’s right. Having developed weapons of mass destruction, a recalcitrant and supremacist “Jewish State” of Israel is certainly likely to use them. It is possible to say that ultimately it will use them.

  16. chris_k
    September 20, 2013, 10:35 pm

    It’s easy to be “outmanoeuvred on a fast-changing diplomatic landscape” if you don’t actually conduct meaningful diplomacy.

    • seafoid
      September 21, 2013, 8:20 am

      Maybe the american century is over and the rest of the world is sick of the hasbara.

      • NickJOCW
        September 21, 2013, 10:08 am

        seafoid, Much has been written suggesting that but I don’t see it. It might have been once if the US had been overthrown, say in the Communist heyday, but that is not going to happen any longer. I think we’ll increasingly have other nations getting together, initially in informal groups, to cooperate on specific tasks, like physically destroying Assad’s weapons. As for Zionists, they will soon come to realize that to be Jewish is not enough, once you start bouncing female French diplomats around your days in the sun are surely numbered: mene mene tekel upharsin .

      • Castellio
        September 21, 2013, 11:20 am

        In countries around the world you will find expatriate Americans who have fled their country; not because they were in any sense radical, but rather , having tried to speak reasonable truths, they suddenly found themselves on no-fly lists, or unemployed, or called to secret courts as abettors of terrorism.

        No, this is not the ‘American Century’.

      • seafoid
        September 21, 2013, 4:47 pm

        I think it is multipolar now. Buying Congress buys Zionism less leverage. As the hasbara is so contrived the other powers do not drink the kool aid. Israel is not remotely threatened and everyone knows it.

  17. RoHa
    September 20, 2013, 10:57 pm

    “Iran will have a bomb in 6 months,”

    Well, that’s an improvement.

    They have been three years away from a bomb for the last thirty years, so it’s about time they got themselves organized.

    How long will they be six months from a bomb? Any guesses?

    • Donald
      September 21, 2013, 9:23 am

      In other contexts, this six month period was named a Friedman unit, after the brilliant Pulitzer Prize winning (but I contradict myself) columnist Tom Friedman, who warned that the next six months, for several straight years, would be crucial for determining the fate of Iraq.

      It now appears that the Friedman Unit has a wider political significance and may take its place alongside the speed of light and the charge of the electron as one of the fundamental constants of nature.

  18. Hostage
    September 20, 2013, 11:23 pm

    And Netanyahu cries wolf: “… A recalcitrant state that develops or acquires weapons of mass destruction is certainly likely to use them. It is possible to say that ultimately it will use them.”

    Then Netanyahu is certainly projecting here and describing the rationale that he applies to his own arsenal of nuclear and unconventional weapons.

    Pleasant rhetoric will not suffice…. sanctions must be increased… Strengthening the credibility of military action against Iran’s nuclear program is crucial if talks are to succeed.

    It is interesting that this “feeling” that sanctions are needed to make talks succeed is never present when the subject is the State of Israel’s unconventional weapons or illegal settlements. In those situations sanctions or even toothless resolutions are judged to be unhelpful and counter-productive.

    The people conducting inspections for the IAEA in Iran have not reported that it will be able to manufacture or deliver a nuclear weapon in 6 months. These strong feelings and intuitions that are not shared by others, the disorganized thoughts and speech about cartoon bombs, and the lack of any physical evidence are reminiscent of the symptoms of schizophrenia:
    * Hallucinations: hearing, seeing, or feeling things that others do not.
    * Delusions, belief that other people are saying things that are not true.
    * Loosing the ability to experience life’s pleasures. . . . & etc.

    • ziusudra
      September 21, 2013, 4:10 am

      Greetings Hostage,
      Allow me to add
      Syncretism: Borrowing from others.
      Hueristics : Inventing, finding.
      This is also Zionism, but for that matter
      so are Judaism, Christianity & Islam all
      having oringinated in Mesopotamia.

    • Citizen
      September 21, 2013, 6:04 am

      @ Hostage
      Yep. Netanyahu et all are projecting; that was my first thought on this matter. It’s truly deplorable and frustrating watching American main media news and infotainment shows on Cable TV when they discuss Iran; they never give a minute of time to discussing Iran’s POV; most recently Fox News dissed Rouhani’s pledge Iran would never have nuke bombs as an outright lie, but ignored what Rouhani said about Netenyahu’s claim he’s just stalling for time to get nuke bombs, that is, the Israeli regime is the occupier, continuing to steal land.

  19. DICKERSON3870
    September 20, 2013, 11:24 pm

    RE: “Like clockwork, one of the lobby’s cherished minions, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, is pursuing a new congressional resolution authorizing the U. S. to use military force in Iran.” ~ Annie Robbins


    ● Petition
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    Even if Iran possessed nuclear weapons, a U.S.-Israeli attack would constitute illegal, unjust, and immoral aggression. Such a war would not rid the Middle East of nuclear weapons. Such a war would not end oppression or liberate the Iranian people. And the toll in Iran and beyond would likely be enormous – the Union of Concerned Scientists warns a “bunker-buster” bomb dropped on an Iranian reactor “would create massive clouds of radioactive fallout that could spread far” and “the number of casualties could range up to more than a hundred thousand.”
    So we demand: End these threats! Lift economic sanctions! No U.S. or Israeli attack on Iran!

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    • DICKERSON3870
      September 20, 2013, 11:33 pm


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        September 20, 2013, 11:44 pm

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      • DICKERSON3870
        September 20, 2013, 11:51 pm

        P.P.P.S. In the above email to Congress, replace H.R. 4173 from the last session with its replacement for this session of Congress, H.R. 783.

        H.R. 4173 (112th): Prevent Iran from Acquiring Nuclear Weapons and Stop War Through Diplomacy Act
        Mar 08, 2012 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
        Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA9]
        Died (Referred to Committee)
        See Instead:
        This bill was re-introduced as H.R. 783 on Feb 15, 2013. See H.R. 783 for current action on this subject.

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    • amigo
      September 21, 2013, 7:00 am


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      September 21, 2013, 4:07 pm

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      September 21, 2013, 6:23 pm

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        September 22, 2013, 4:15 am


    • DICKERSON3870
      September 21, 2013, 6:53 pm

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      Last time it was the House; now it’s the Senate.
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  20. Talkback
    September 21, 2013, 12:24 am

    Nutanyahoo’s bomb picture. I crack up every time.

  21. K Renner
    K Renner
    September 21, 2013, 12:59 am

    Israel seems to be determined to have war at any price, especially if those paying through the nose for it won’t be Jews or Israeli Jews.

    Luckily, I think saner heads will prevail, despite the ranting and railing of the Israeli fifth column in America and the spineless collaborationists that style themselves as the “GOP”.

  22. wondering jew
    wondering jew
    September 21, 2013, 1:53 am

    My assessment: The American people are tired of war. Obama will do his utmost to avoid war with Iran. If he can avoid war with Iran and still coerce Iran to put limits on its nuclear ambitions, he will. If he cannot avoid war with Iran, as in, if the Joint Chiefs of Staff declare their opposition to standing by and watching Iran developing a nuke, then he will go to war. But if the Joint Chiefs do not want to go to war (like they didn’t want to attack Syria) Obama will not go to war.

    I can’t see how Israel can force the US to go to war against Iran, unless Israel attacks Iran and thus forces the US to react. I think Netanyahu thinks he can force the issue through his influence on Congress. I don’t think so. Whether Netanyahu would be willing to attack Iran remains to be seen. I have no idea. It seems like a risky move.

    (Let’s put it this way: If one were betting which is more likely: Netanyahu signs a piece of paper demarcating the future map of Palestine that the leader of the PLO also signs or Israel attacks Iran, I think the latter is more likely.)

    • MRW
      September 21, 2013, 2:42 am

      I can’t see how Israel can force the US to go to war against Iran, unless Israel attacks Iran and thus forces the US to react.

      You better hope that doesn’t happen. That will cause a real and deep hatred of Israelis. You’re not reading the mood in this country correctly.

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        September 21, 2013, 3:44 am

        MRW- I think an Israeli attack on Iran, if it causes the US to go to war with Iran, would be the most destabilizing event in Israel’s existence certainly since the Yom Kippur War and possibly since Israel’s founding. I hope it doesn’t happen.

      • Woody Tanaka
        Woody Tanaka
        September 21, 2013, 10:00 am

        I think that there is a large portion of the population in the US (though not large enough, and certainly not the traitors and fifth columnists of AIPAC, etc.) that would tell israel to go jump in a lake; it started it, it shouldn’t expect the US troops to die for them. Too many already have.

      • quercus
        September 21, 2013, 4:05 pm

        Israel will not attack Iran, I am quite certain of that. Iran is not Iraq and they would definitely get their hair mussed and other not so nice things would happen. What I see of the Israeli regime is they like to flap their yaps, and bark and howl at the moon, and threaten. They are not very grown up, as is evidenced by that silly Netanyahu and his cartoon bomb poster board at the UN.

      • James Canning
        James Canning
        September 22, 2013, 2:23 pm

        I understand Netanyahu told Obama Israel will not attack Iran unless the US appears to be allowing Iran to build nukes.

    • Shingo
      September 21, 2013, 10:06 pm

      If he cannot avoid war with Iran, as in, if the Joint Chiefs of Staff declare their opposition to standing by and watching Iran developing a nuke, then he will go to war.

      Iran is not developing nukes, and the JCS are the ones most opposed to an attack on Iran.

      • James Canning
        James Canning
        September 22, 2013, 2:22 pm

        Even Netanyahu now says Iran wants to get close to ability to build nukes quickly. Not that Iran is building nukes.

      • annie
        September 22, 2013, 3:44 pm

        even now? i’m missing your point james? netanyahu has continually made the claim iran is on the verge of nukes. and when you say Netanyahu told Obama Israel will not attack Iran unless the US appears to be allowing Iran to build nukes, this is just more sabre rattling. there’s been a constant drumbeat of israel having the ‘right to defend itself’.

      • James Canning
        James Canning
        September 23, 2013, 7:05 pm

        @Annie – – I see a refinement in the line taken by Netanyahu. Who publicly insists Iran end all enrichment, ship all enriched U out of the country, etc.

        I see no reason to doubt Obama’s statements that Iran simply would not be allowed to build nukes. No grounds for an Israeli attack. (Not that I see one as likely in any event.)

      • annie
        September 23, 2013, 10:29 pm

        refinement of what? some earlier statement? how is ‘you’re not allowed a nuclear program’ refinement? netanyau has always ‘publicly insisted Iran end all enrichment, ship all enriched U out of the country, etc.’ and dismantle fordo….hasn’t he? i don’t think tightening the noose can be viewed as ‘refinement’ but maybe that’s just me.

  23. gingershot
    September 21, 2013, 8:36 am

    Is Mitchell Dumb or Just Sloppy?

    Andrea Mitchell, as one of the Israeli Lobby’s tired gatekeepers, ALWAYS has to slip in some lie about ‘Iran’s Nuclear Weapons’

    “Because he made it very clear he wants a deal on THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS”

    Why doesn’t someone correct this so called foreign policy EXPERT on the air and just grind her into the ground on her relentless hasbara for her beloved Israel?

    Mitchell is like some AIPAC-traffic cop that has to work her quota of hasbara lines into the conversation EVERY chance she gets. I watch her regularly – same as David Gregory on Meet the Press – and they NEVER miss an opportunity to try to pollute the discourse with their propaganda – they are always ADVANCING the Neocon line just another inch or foot or whatever they can get

    Mitchell is reliably ALWAYS advancing the Israeli Lobby agenda – always trying to advance the agenda another inch

    Somebody please embarrass her by correcting her with the facts ON AIR please – how about you BRIAN WILLIAMS?

    This is what it would sound like:

    “Gee Andrea – Iran DOESN’T HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS and everybody except you seems to KNOW THAT”

  24. Oklahoma farmer
    Oklahoma farmer
    September 21, 2013, 12:11 pm

    My heart hopes the men will meet, my brain knows they won’t.

    Get real folks…..Obama hasn’t the backbone….

    Nothing to see here folks, shuffle along.

    • annie
      September 21, 2013, 2:54 pm

      nope, i predict they’ll meet and greet.

      • Castellio
        September 21, 2013, 7:35 pm

        I love the courage of this clear statement. We’ll see, but in the interim accept my admiration for your clearly stated position.

      • annie
        September 21, 2013, 11:00 pm

        thanks castellio..eye on the prize..visualize..

    • Justpassingby
      September 22, 2013, 3:59 am

      Exactly, why are people here so naive?!

      Obama+Rouhani meet? Get out of here!

      • James Canning
        James Canning
        September 22, 2013, 1:35 pm

        Perhaps William Hague will meet with Rouhani and act as an intermediary with Obama. If Israel lobby keeps Obama from meeting Rouhani.

      • Justpassingby
        September 23, 2013, 4:02 am

        No UK will neither do that. UK=US puppet.

      • James Canning
        James Canning
        September 23, 2013, 6:41 pm

        @Just – – Hague is not an Aipac stooge. And the UK is not a US puppet.

  25. traintosiberia
    September 21, 2013, 12:57 pm

    Israel is in the same situation it was in 1980s against PLO who kept the border quiet and worked with the international bodies to gain,legitimacy accecptance,and provide its side of history . Despite one death in 12 months before the invasion ‘Arafat was accused of creating unstable border problem for Israel ( Tom Friedman) . For one year before 1982 invasion border was incident free ( David Shipler ) from Israeli perspective though death continued to visit the hapless Lebanese and Palestinian from northern Israelfrom 1978 to 1982 ( N Chomsky) with thousands of casualties that was not covered by US media with proper focus and understandings The excuses that Sharon was looking for and was fabricating to unleash war on S Lebanon against PLO were patently obvious but routinely ignored by Times and other media. Situation is a little different today but the aims and the necessities are the same . A responsible Iran is dangerous .Any western contact or mutual exploration or understanding between the two is danger to Israel . It has to be eliminated. To achieve that no stone literally and figuratively will be left unturned from rug and pistachio to medical isotope to any friendly chat between two leaders of two independent countries.
    It was in 1957 when John Foster Dulles hoped ” we can’t have all our policies ” made in Israel and it was in 1960. When Senator J W Fullbright from Arkansas figured out his depth of ignorance along with the rest of the country as he reported ” I had n” t realized before the hearing that theJewish lobby was so powerful. I was n’t conscious of what dangerous territory I was in. I did n’t know they were subverting the Congress”
    Will the Israeli military agent within US force American government to mask an Israeli attack on Iran as one of American exercise ? It forced the Congress in 1967.Mordecai Gur from Israeli defense demanded the supply of air craft equipped with Maverics missile despite Admiral Thomas Moorer informing him that US didnot have more than one Squadron equipped with this missile and Congress would not allow the transfer. Gur promised that he would take care of Congress. He did. It was sent to Israel. ( Thomas L Are in Israeli Peace Palestinian Justice) .
    Today Obama is facing international and domestic opposition to war . Israel is taking care of that new nuisance.

  26. traintosiberia
    September 21, 2013, 1:15 pm

    ‘ If the American people understood what a grip those people have got on our government ,they would rise up in arms. Our citizen don’t have any idea what goes on

    Admiral Thomas Moorer ( deceased ) , chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff made this observation while still in office.

  27. just
    September 21, 2013, 1:45 pm

    I frankly don’t think that Israel will “win” with this hasbara blitz.

    Netanyahu appears the petulant liar and thief that he is.

    Rouhani and the Iranian ‘regime’ appear to be the adults in the “room”.

    • K Renner
      K Renner
      September 21, 2013, 4:39 pm

      They have less chance of winning in this case because everyone who isn’t a complete suck-up to Israelis is getting increasingly tired of their lying, whining garbage, especially where the “Iranian threat” is concerned.

  28. quercus
    September 21, 2013, 3:56 pm

    Andrea Mitchell said “this short window of opportunity”. Oh really? Says who? What a numbskull, what a dimwit, what a nincompoop, what a moron, what dipseydoodle…….

    I have taken to emailing these jerks and calling them out on their nonsense where it is possible. I have not been able to get email addresses for them all, but those that have available email addresses and have the unmitigated audacity to show their stupid mugs on television or dare to pain us with their stupid voices, I email.

    We can engage in our own form of psyops. If you contact them enough to tell them how stupid they are, they may begin to realize it and perhaps we shan’t have to suffer these people any more.

  29. German Lefty
    German Lefty
    September 21, 2013, 4:09 pm

    I am really angry right now. Tomorrow, we have our federal election. On a German TV show, a social democratic politician just rejected a coalition with the Left Party. One of the reasons he gave was that there’s anti-Semitism within the Left Party. A lot of the people in the audience booed. Not because they support anti-Semitism, but because they understand that anti-Zionism is not the same as anti-Semitism.

  30. James Canning
    James Canning
    September 21, 2013, 7:50 pm

    Netanyahu according to the Financial Times today fears the US will allow Iran to be in a position to build nukes quickly. I very much doubt this.

  31. TwoRedDogs
    September 21, 2013, 9:18 pm

    Danny Danon drops the facade:

    Published: September 20, 2013 246 Comments

    • Walid
      September 22, 2013, 2:30 am

      “Danny Danon drops the facade”

      He didn’t drop anything and he didn’t introduce anything new either; he would continue on with the Oslo but under a different name. It’s about another undetermined period of Palestinians playing make-believe at running their affairs under the watchful eye of the Israeli security forces.

      Danon referred to Arafat as a “terrorist” but neglected to likewise designate Rabin and Peres. He claimed Oslo had been failure for Israel, which is false of course since it allowed Israel to plant an additional 400,000 settlers on the WB during this period, to hoard water that rightfully belonged to Palestinians and to systematically destroy what was left of the Palistinians’ economy and infrastructures. The only thing he was right about was that Erekat spent all these years as a professional negotiator doing nothing but I’m sure Israel was perfectly happy to have him this way.

    • Shingo
      September 22, 2013, 3:11 am

      Danny Danon drops the facade:

      What facade?

      Danon is a messianic, right wing, pro settlement, pro greater Israeli but job who has always been opposed to the 2ss or any political settlement.

  32. eljay
    September 21, 2013, 11:11 pm

    >> Danny Danon drops the facade:

    The P.L.O., and later the Palestinian Authority, never truly accepted that Israel, as the national state and homeland of the Jewish people, was here to stay.

    Of course they didn’t. Israel has no right to exist as a supremacist “Jewish State”, and it has no right to occupy and colonize land outside of its / Partition borders.

  33. bilal a
    bilal a
    September 22, 2013, 2:50 am

    How much of the US War Budget goes to AIPAC affiliate companies?

    “The U.S. government has spent $153B in 2008 dollars on contracts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and their neighborhoods since fiscal year (FY) 2001, according to the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS).1 In June 2009, 194,000 contractors were working for the U.S. government in Iraq and Afghanistan, compared to 190,000 U.S. troops.2”

    According to CSIS, a substnatial proportion of the 153 Billion USD went to five private companies, with unknown investors, various allegations of criminaity and human rights abuses, and it seems, all closely tied to the Israeli defense industry and government , at a minimum it seems having contracts within the occupied territories for armed security work, in addition to contracts in the region as a whole.

    One of the largest private mercenary firms is Dyncorp which was acquired by Cerberus Capital, founded by Stephen Feinberg who also owns a substantial stake in Bank Leumi. Another top five contractor, ‘Triple Canopy’ seems to headquarter its MidEast operations in Jerusalem. Xe/Blackwater is in a joint venture with another PSC, Kaseman for a contract in the West Bank.

    This makes the annual aid to Israel direct small change compared to the 150+ billion for mercenaries aiding US military operations. Moreover, the expenditures for private mercs would appear generally to be more American led, as it requires US and non Israeli personnel on the ground in these countries, while Missile Defense and Intelligence contracts could be sub contracted directly into Israel itself.

    Gregory Sanders has done numerous defense expenditures studies at CSIS, but never once examined the percentage or gross dollar amounts going to Israeli affiliates, owned or controlled.

    [TRIPLE CANOPY] ‘A private U.S. paramilitary force operating out of Jerusalem.

    CSIS DIIG Current Issues No. 17: Contracting for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan

    XE Blackwater in the occupied West bank in joint venture with Kaseman
    “An affiliate of the Blackwater security firm is reportedly coming to Israel

    Largest US Mercenary Firm owned by major Bank Leumi financier Stephen A. Feiiberg, Cerberus Capital
    “On April 12, 2010, DynCorp International and private investment firm Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. announced a proposed merger, which was completed on July 7, 2010. As a result of the merger, DynCorp International became a private, wholly-owned subsidiary of entities created by affiliates of Cerberus…[ It owned half of a 9.9 % share (5%) with the Gabriel Group in Bank Leumi, purchased in 2005.] ”

  34. annie
    September 23, 2013, 1:16 am

    it’s the meet n greet freakin’ em out. tomorrow’s headline:

    But with a recent exchange of letters between Mr. Obama and Mr. Rouhani stirring hopes of a diplomatic breakthrough, Israeli officials are not mollified. At last year’s General Assembly, Mr. Netanyahu provided what was probably its most dramatic moment, brandishing a simple drawing that he said demonstrated how close Iran was to producing a nuclear bomb.

    This year, Israeli officials fear, the highest drama may be Mr. Obama greeting Mr. Rouhani on the sidelines of the General Assembly, something that has not happened for decades and which they worry would leave Israel more isolated in dealing with Iran.

  35. Bandolero
    September 23, 2013, 8:11 pm

    Looks like one of these Chinese communists is doing a bit to break the de facto Zionist monopoly on the movies:

    While Israel launches a media blitz, the Chinese countered by putting an 8 bn Dollar investment to strategically compete with Hollywood.

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