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Netanyahu goes full theatrical against Iran

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04.07.2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest video-taped message to the Iranian people – in which he conflates the relatively good performance of the Iranian football team with unrest on the streets of Tehran – has been widely ridiculed by the Iranian media. His message followed hot on the heels of his first such message when he tried to address the water shortage in Iran by offering Israeli water management expertise. Needless to say, this outlandish outreach was dismissed curtly by Iranian officials, who reminded Netanyahu to stop stealing water resources from regional states.

It is easy to ridicule Netanyahu’s trollish behaviour and ignore the thoughtful strategy behind his tapes. He may be wildly unpopular in Iran but he has shown originality by being the first Western leader to openly and consistently communicate with the Iranian people. That fact alone is upsetting to Iran’s leaders.

More ominously, the video messages signal a renewed effort by Israel to exploit Iran’s vulnerabilities – notably a water crisis – with a view to fomenting unrest in the country. Viewed in the wider context of a Saudi-led regional alliance against Iran and a concerted move by the United States to destabilise the Islamic Republic, Netanyahu’s unconventional outreach speaks to a strategic intent to escalate the undeclared war against Iran.

Effective tactic?

Benjamin Netanyahu’s audacity is boundless, as demonstrated by his repeated messages to a country that is officially committed to the destruction of the........

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