'Netanyahu Waited Too Long To Strike Iran'

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Aluf Benn with some interesting analysis. Read the whole thing, but here's one excerpt:

In his upcoming speech to the U.S. Congress, Netanyahu will reiterate his warning that Israel is being threatened with destruction, and as such, it should not be pressured to withdraw from essential territories of the West Bank and transfer them to the hands of the "villains." Hints that he will dispatch the air force on a "never again" mission to Iran if Israel is pushed into the corner are meant to deter Obama from imposing an Israeli-Palestinian settlement.

But the threat sounds hollow. The internal disputes in Israel, concerns about a destructive war of attrition and uncertainty about how Egypt will respond are all serving as brakes on the aircrafts' wheels. Netanyahu waited two years, only to discover that now, it is much harder for him to strike.

Last year (and the year before, in fact) it seemed likely to a range of Israeli officials and analysts that Netanyahu would make a move against Iran. But now there is a widespread feeling that Netanyahu is paralyzed on all fronts, including and especially the negotiations front. The looming question: Can Israel afford this sort of paralysis at the top?



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