How has Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, long considered a deft operator on the international stage, found himself opposing his nation’s No. 1 ally at the very moment he achieved one of his life’s great goals; obstructing the threat of a nuclear bomb aimed at Tel Aviv?
He did it by abandoning the Israeli national interest he has championed in favor of his private political fortunes, he has tied himself into a straitjacket, his fate inextricably tied to that of his lifelong archenemy, Iran; by bringing the issue of Iran to an open and toxic conflict with the United States that does not serve a single Israeli interest.
Instead of waiting for a deal to be announced, he scheduled a March address to Congress two weeks before Israel’s national election and coarsely snubbed Obama. That move laid bare his only real interest — “to use Congress as a studio for his political ads.”
Netanyahu has now made himself superfluous to the talks and all but invited Obama’s growing antagonism.