Netanyahu is using his Iraq script for Iran

Haaretz reporter Barak Ravid references Jim Lobe’s widely read article about Bibi Netanyahu’s testimony to Congress on Iraq one year prior to the US-led war in 2003. In sum, the Israeli Prime Minister seems to be reading from the same old script:

A video clip from the 2002 hearing has been making the rounds of the Internet over the past few days, after it was posted by American blogger Jim Lobe at almost the same time as Netanyahu was addressing the United Nations General Assembly last week.

During last week’s speech, Netanyahu stressed that if Iran is not stopped, it will be on the verge of producing a nuclear weapon by next spring, or by summer at the latest. Therefore, Netanyahu argued, a red line must be drawn to stop the Iranian nuclear program.

Netanyahu’s remarks during the 2002 congressional hearing sounded very similar to his UN speech. The arguments are the same, the intonation is the same, even the advisers are the same – Netanyahu’s current diplomatic adviser, Ron Dermer, who wrote the prime minister’s UN address, can be seen in the 10-year-old video sitting behind Netanyahu in the congressional hall.

Jasmin Ramsey

Jasmin Ramsey is a journalist based in Washington, DC.



  1. Well, the grand ignorant, Netanyahu, is obsessed with going to war with Iran. He and his warmonger cabinet members are not going to rest unless something happens to Iran. Unfortunately, the idiot rulers of Iran are no better. The war is the best given gift to them as it assures their grasping to power for another thirty years.

  2. Everything depends on the outcome on 6 November. A Romney regency with neocons back in the saddle means war with Iran sometime in 2013.

    As Tallyrand remarked about the Bourbons the same can be said about Republicans…”they had learned nothing and forgotten nothing.”

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