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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Netanyahu on Iran

Binyamin Netanyahu's speech to the UN General Assembly lacked the wonderful Wile E. Coyote-style cartoon bomb that made last year's speech so memorable, but he left no doubt that he is not convinced by Hassan Rouhani's charm offensive, in fact labeling Iran "a wolf in sheep's clothing."

It was vintage Netanyahu, spelling out the dangers of allowing Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon and insisting on a complete dismantling of its nuclear research before any sanctions are eased.

Clearly, Netanyahu is dismayed and displaying considerable anxiety about the US-Iran thaw.

And of course, in keeping with Israel's policy of "ambiguity," there was of course no mention that Israel has a considerable nuclear arsenal.

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