Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has recently taken to the American airwaves to warn about the danger that a nuclear Iran poses to the world. Netanyahu’s fear-mongering rhetoric should come as no surprise to those who remember his infamous 1992 wolf-crying comments about Iran being ”three to five years away from acquiring a nuclear weapon”; or his testimony before Congress in the lead up to the Iraq war, in which Netanyahu showed an almost superhuman capacity to shamelessly lie to the American public in a successful effort to drag them into war. When Americans consider Benjamin Netanyahu’s current plea to attack Iran, they must not forget the eerily similar lies and purposefully deceptive intelligence that Netanyahu and his government gave to American officials about Saddam Hussein’s mythical “Weapons of Mass Destruction”. The video below shows some highlights from Netanyahu’s September 12, 2002 testimony before the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.
In the video, Netanyahu tells Congress, “There is no question whatsoever that Saddam is seeking and is working and is advancing to the development of nuclear weapons. No question whatsoever…. Two decades ago it was possible to thwart Saddam’s nuclear ambitions by bombing a single instillation, but today nothing less than dismantling his regime will do.”In his testimony, Netanyahu repeatedly said there was “no question” Saddam was working to increase his arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. He also fanatically said, “Every indication we have is that he is pursuing, pursuing with abandon, pursuing with every ounce of effort the establishment of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons.”
When questioned about why the 250 international inspectors found “no evidence or plausible indication of the revival of a nuclear weapons program in Iraq,” Netanyahu falsely told the Congressional body that Saddam was burying these nuclear centrifuges in tunnels. One can not watch Netanyahu’s testimony and conclude anything other than these two fundamental truths: 1. Netanyahu’s testimony was perjurious, and 2, The Israeli intelligence provided to the US government was a purposeful deception to get America to attack Iraq.
Aside from lying to the American public and Congress about Iraq’s WMD’s, Netanyahu and the Israeli government used their lobby in America (AIPAC) to mercillessly campaign for war in Iraq. As the single most powerful lobby in America, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s greatest “accomplishment” in the last two decades was its successful, behind the scenes lobbying for sanctions and wars in Iraq, Libya, Iran, and Syria. In 2000, AIPAC distributed a letter asking members to put pressure on the US Congress and the President to ramp up sanctions on Iraq and block the oil for food program, which was providing Iraqi civilians with much needed food and medicine. In 2003, AIPAC/Israel attempted to block a bill that would have allowed US companies to export food and medicine to Iraqi civilians. Israel/AIPAC took the position in this case that the food and medicine would not help the Iraqi people, which is obviously untrue, and that the bill would hasten Saddam’s effort to procure weapons of mass destruction. Saddam was of course not building weapons of mass destruction, and the Israeli/AIPAC efforts ended up murdering thousands of Iraqi civilians.
In January 2003, AIPAC executive director Howard Kohr stated, “quietly lobbying Congress to approve the use of force in Iraq” was one of “AIPAC’s successes over the past year.” Jeffrey Goldberg reported during a profile piece of AIPAC’s policy director Steven J. Rosen that, “AIPAC lobbied Congress in favor of the Iraq war.”
Flash forward to today; Netanyahu and AIPAC are now pushing hard for another, potentially disastrous American war with Iran. Does Iran have a nuke? No, of course not. In fact, almost every single senior military and intelligence official from America and Israel have said on record that there is no evidence that Iran is even attempting to build nuclear weapons at this time, and even if they did, it would not pose an existential threat to Israel.
- Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said that Iran is not yet building nuclear weapons.
- The Chairman of the Chief Joints of Staff Admiral Martin Dempsey said in a CNN interview that it is unclear whether Iran is attempting to make a nuclear weapon, called Iran a rational actor, and also warned against a destabilizing strike on Iran.
- The former head of the US Central Command General John Abizaid said that a nuclear Iran could be contained, or in other words– Iran does not pose an existential threat to the US or Israel.
- Israel’s former security chief Yuval Diskin said he doesn’t trust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who Diskin believes is misleading the Israeli people about Iran. Diskin also said in the interview that the Iranian leadership would not go the extra mile to acquire nuclear weapons because they are rational.
- The head of the Israeli Mossad Meir Dagan said he had no idea if Iran has made the decision to acquire a nuke. In another interview, Dagan said the prospect of attacking Iran was the “stupidest thing I have ever heard.”
Netanyahu, in his thirst for war, refuses to acknowledge the fact that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has issued a fatwa, or a religious edict, banning nuclear weapons. If the Iranian leadership broke this edict it would undermine their entire regime because its authority is based on its religious credibility. This has, of course, not stopped Netanyahu from badgering President Obama to declare a “red line” on Iran, which is really nothing more than an agreement to attack because Iran will not give up its peaceful nuclear program, and Israel sees the existence of such a program as a red line. On the Republican side, Sheldon Adelson, a huge supporter of Netanyahu, has pledged up to $60 million to Romney’s campaign, and has been rewarded with Romney’s adoption of Netanyahu’s position on Iran.
In reality, Netanyahu is driven by Israel’s desire to dominate the Middle East. With 200-300 nuclear weapons and the American government at Israel’s side, the Israelis have been given carte blanche to act belligerently towards their neighbors and native Arab population. A nuclear Iran does not pose a “danger to the world”, but rather a danger to Israel’s hegemony of the Middle East. A nuclear Iran would tip the power balance in the Middle East to a more level playing field, and perhaps force the Israelis to cease their apartheid and human rights abuses of the Palestinians. Israel does not have the capability to attack Iran alone, and if it did, Israel would draw condemnation from the world because high oil prices would suffocate already struggling economies. Once again, Netanyahu needs a proxy to bear the brunt of the costs and the political backlash that would accompany a Middle Eastern war. Fortunately for Netanyahu, a man who has shown a reckless disregard for American gentile lives in the past, the prospect of spending American dollars and blood to defeat an Israeli rival is a sacrifice he is willing to make. Besides, the model of lying to the American public and providing faulty intelligence to the US Government worked perfectly in Iraq, as Israel’s blatant lies saw no repercussions.
In the video above, Netanyahu shamefully lies to the American people on numerous different issues in an effort to get the American government to bomb Iran for Israel’s “security.” Some of the more notable inaccuracies include:
- Iran is 6 months away from having enough enriched uranium for an atom bomb. One day we could wake up with a nuclear Iran. Most relevant experts have said that Iran is at least one year away from such a capacity. These experts also point out the fact that the world will know exactly when Iran decides to take steps towards the development of a nuclear weapon because of the lengthy and difficult process required to enrich uranium to nuclear grade level. This article provides an excellent assessment of the situation.
- A nuclear Iran would be a threat to the world. Iran is a peaceful nation that has not attacked another country in more than a century. The US/Israeli intelligence experts quoted previously all contradict Netanyahu’s statement.
- Netanyahu will not be “drawn into an American election”. The Jewish Daily Forward writes, “It’s difficult to recall a time when an Israeli prime minister has inserted himself into a presidential election campaign in the way that Benjamin Netanyahu has. It’s even harder to recall a time when a trusted ally openly urged the American president to undertake a questionable, unpopular, and highly risky war.”
- The US election cycle is not driving Netanyahu’s actions. Israeli officials have repeatedly admitted that they need to attack Iran before the election to guarantee US support.
- Iran is irrational. Netanyahu’s administration has routinely described Iran’s leaders as “cold and calculating”.
- Iran has suicide bombers all over the place. There is absolutely no evidence to support this. In fact, the only nation that has admitted to terrorist killings in the last few years has been the Israeli government in their assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists and their cooperation with the American-killing terrorist group: The People’s Mujahedin (MEK).
- Netanyahu says Iran is guided by the “same fanaticism that is storming your embassies today.” Iran and its people have no relation or involvement in the storming of US embassies, and Iran has certainly not behaved in a fanatical manner. While Israel has continually bombed its neighbors and committed human rights abuses against the Palestinians over the last five decades, Iran hasn’t attacked a single nation.
This pattern of fear-mongering and flat out lying has extended over quite some time. For example, earlier this year Netanyahu blamed Iran for bombing Israel’s embassy in India, even though all evidence suggests that it was in fact Israel who perpetrated the false-flag attack. Netanyahu also immediately blamed Iran for the bombing of a bus full of Israelis in Romania, citing irrefutable intelligence that would prove Iran was responsible. This intelligence has yet to materialize, and neither Netanyahu nor the Israeli government have released a shred of evidence to support this claim.
Who Is This War-Mongering Israeli Prime Minister?
Newly de-classified FBI documents implicate Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli theft of US nuclear technology and equipment from 1985-2002. Netanyahu’s administration has consistently spied on America, earning his nation the CIA’s designation of: “Top Spy Threat in the Middle East.” The CIA cited examples of Israeli agents sneaking into US diplomats homes and stealing documents as reasons for the designation. After 9-11, Israeli agents were caught filming the attacks and dancing in celebration afterwards. Netanyahu said, “We are benefitting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq.” He also said, “these events have swung American public opinion in our favor.” In 2011, the Netanyahu administration was caught selling secretive US Patriot Missiles to China. In addition, Netanyahu’s regime has committed numerous war crimes, and currently operates an apartheid state, which segregates students into separate and unequal schools based on race, allots water and land based on a person’s Jewishness, restricts the marriage of gentiles and Jews, and also restricts the travel of Arabs, among other things.
On October 9th, 2012, The Telegraph reported that Iran transferred half of its 20% enriched uranium to civilian research facilities aimed at treating cancer. Although this move was largely kept out of the American media, it gives further confirmation that Iran is acting in accordance with their stated intentions of developing a peaceful nuclear program and their willingness to comply with international law. The move should forever discredit Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and his war-mongering rhetoric.
In December 2012, the Guardian reported that Israel had been purposefully leaking false documents to the press about Iran’s nuclear program.