Shai Feldman on Israel and Iran

Netanyahu, Churchill, and Iran
The Times of Israel
March 7, 2012
Op-ed by: Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University and member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
Topic: Israel and Iran 

“It has been said that when it comes to the looming Iranian threat, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sees his role in Jewish history in Churchillian terms. He began to view Iran as a major strategic threat during his first term as prime minister (1996-1999) and continued to warn of a coming storm during his years in the political desert and, later, as finance minister in Ariel Sharon’s government. Returning to the premiership in early 2009, Netanyahu finally had an opportunity to one-up Churchill, who could do nothing against the rising threat of Germany until his appointment as prime minister following Hitler’s invasion of Poland. As Israel’s newly recycled prime minister, Netanyahu could make sure that the regime in Tehran, which he regarded as the modern-day Middle East parallel to Nazi Germany, would never obtain the capacity to obliterate the Jewish state.”

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