Netanyahu’s hysterical rhetoric on Iran seeks to divert attention from West Bank settlement building

Talk of a ‘two-state solution’ remains nothing more than a convenient fig leaf for Israeli authorities

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave Theresa May a frightening account during their meeting of the threat posed by Iranian aggression to Israel and everybody else. In Mr Netanyahu’s eyes, Iran is a much more dangerous enemy than Isis or al-Qaeda, seeking “to annihilate Israel, it seeks to conquer the Middle East, it threatens Europe, it threatens the West, it threatens the world.”

Even by Mr Netanyahu’s standards the rhetoric sounds excessive and is probably motivated by a wish to divert attention from Israeli settlement building on the West Bank. Within a few days of Donald Trump’s inauguration as President, Israel announced the construction of a further 2,500 housing units on the West Bank. Though the Trump administration expressed mild discontent, Israel will probably be spared more vigorous protests by Washington.

READ MORE HERE:   http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/benjamin-netanyahu-theresa-may-iran-nuclear-deal-israel-west-bank-settlements-a7566026.html

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