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Published on October 1st, 2012 | by Jasmin Ramsey

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What did Netanyahu really say at the UN?

In case you missed it, the Atlantic’s Robert Wright penned a sharp analysis of what can only be called Bibi Netanyahu’s Iran speech at the United Nations last week. Say what you will about the Israeli Prime Minister’s cartoon-like graphic-aid, but in the end Netanyahu publicly altered his own timeline for taking military action against Iran:

Still, none of this should obscure the upshot of Netanyahu’s talk: Without quite saying so, he has now backed off of the limb he had gotten himself out on. Whereas only weeks ago he was suggesting that Israel might bomb Iran before he finished his next sentence, the upshot of today’s speech was that Israel won’t bomb Iran before spring.

At least, that’s the only plausible interpretation of the speech that I can find. But reaching this conclusion requires disambiguating what was in some ways a confusing presentation

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Jasmin Ramsey is an Iranian-born journalist based in Washington, DC.



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