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Uncle Joe

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Wed May 22, 2024, 06:03 PM May 22

OPINION THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Bibi Is Choosing Stefanik and Trump. President Biden, Don't Be Fooled. [View all]


If you are keeping score at home, you have surely noticed that the two most important defense officials in Benjamin Netanyahu’s war cabinet — Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and the former military chief of staff Benny Gantz — warned last week that Netanyahu is leading Israel into a disastrous abyss by refusing to present any plan for non-Hamas Palestinians to govern Gaza and appears to be contemplating a long-term Israeli military occupation of Gaza instead. Gantz said he would leave the government if there was no plan by June 8.

Here are the stakes for America in what these ministers are saying: Netanyahu has become a radical actor, undermining key U.S. interests and Arab allies, and becoming the gift that keeps on giving for Iran.


Netanyahu has said no to all of it. He did, though, show his gratitude to Biden by having his parliamentary majority give Elise Stefanik, a hack Republican congresswoman with no foreign policy standing whatsoever — and a person groveling to become Donald Trump’s vice president — the extraordinary honor of giving an address Sunday in the Knesset, where she slammed the U.S. president and praised Trump.

And who is this great military genius they are all indulging? Let’s see: In 2015, the Obama team concluded a nuclear deal with Iran that imposed inspections and restrictions on Iran — slashing its stock of enriched uranium to a small amount enriched to up to 3.67 percent purity, far from the roughly 90 percent purity needed for a bomb. So even if Iran tried to break out, it would need at least a year to produce enough fissile material for a bomb, plenty of time to stop it. Netanyahu bitterly opposed the deal, even though several top Israeli military and intelligence officials favored it, which Bibi kept hidden from the Israeli and U.S. publics.


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