Failing by Succeeding…

Many in the US (and YNET) are pushing the idea that Benjamin Netanyahu is an alarmist, crying out that Iran is going to get the bomb when the opposite is true. Netanyahu said in 1992 that Iran would have the bomb by 1999, they proudly point out and so therefore….


That is the ultimate irony here. Israel (and the world) has been threatened with a nuclear Iran for almost 20 years. The fact that Iran has not gone nuclear is to a large extent to the credit of the west (and Israel), years of sanctions, some mysterious computer viruses and explosions, and the overall high profile attempts to stop Iran’s progress.

To date, thankfully, we’ve succeeded. And in succeeding, we have, apparently, failed. Those on the left here in Israel and the blind among the Democrats staunchly favor….favor what?

On the one hand, they don’t want a nuclear Iran; on the other, they can’t stomach Bibi Netanyahu’s explanation – worse, they can’t stomach Netanyahu and so no matter what he says, he must be wrong. By succeeding in our ongoing attempts to thwart Iran, we’ve failed. How ironic.

But there is a greater irony. The US plan calls for a ten year test period. If the Iranians manage not to get the bomb in 10 years, all restrictions are off because, blind that they be, if in 10 years, Israel still exists, that must be proof…proof of what?

Their answer is hypocrisy. If Iran doesn’t destroy Israel within the next 10 years, it must mean that they were being honest and didn’t mean all those nasty threats like “wiping Israel off the face of the earth” and “bombing Tel Aviv into oblivion in 10 minutes”.

And they say this while pointing out that Iran has been consistent in attempting to go nuclear since 1992 when Netanyahu was warning the world about the Iranian danger. So…23 years ago, Iran’s nuclear program was credible enough to be threatening but if they don’t succeed in the next 10 years, everything will be fine?

It is genuinely ironic how desperate some are to say anything, do anything to discredit Netanyahu and if one were to believe Herzog and Livni, the re-election of Bibi seems to pose a bigger threat than the Iranians.

They are so sure of this, they are willing to risk the “glow-ification” of Tel Aviv…one has to wonder if these people learned anything from the Purim megillah…and more, one wonders if these “leaders” of Israel actually live in a world where every day is April 1.

If Israel votes in the “Zionist” party on March 17, I’m pretty sure April 1 will become a permanent state of affairs here…until Iran finishes laughing, that is.

About the Author
Paula R. Stern is CEO of WritePoint Ltd., a leading technical writing company in Israel. Her personal blog, A Soldier's Mother, has been running for more than 5 years. She lives in Maale Adumim with her husband and children, a dog, too many birds, and a desire to write her thoughts and dream of a trip to Italy, Scotland, and beyond.