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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Weekly Commentary: Netanyahu - years of achievement against the odds (and disturbingly shortsighted security officials)

Weekly Commentary: Netanyahu - years of achievement against the odds

Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 17 January 2013

When Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took office back in 2009, many of the
political pundits predicted that his sole achievement might be survival.

And truth be told, that in and of itself was a tremendous achievement given
the pressure he faced from a combination of domestic leftists and their
fellow travelers in America who were determined to exploit their ties with
President Obama and his team to force the Jewish State to adopt their
program.

All in all, to his credit, Mr. Netanyahu managed to weather the various
Palestinian "tsunamis" without making any permanent concessions.

But Netanyahu achieved considerably more than that.

I am not going into details of all of the various projects and programs
implemented during this administration.

Instead I will limit myself to two examples of strategic decisions Binyamin
Netanyahu made while bucking the system.

Netanyahu had the vision to push for the construction of the critical fence
that now has stopped the flood of illegals crossing from the Sinai. And it
wasn't easy. Defense officials didn't understand why the fence was needed
and did everything they could to postpone the project. In fact, I
understand that the project only really started to get moving when Mr.
Netanyahu threatened to transfer the project to the civilian Department of
Public Works.

In the case of Iran, Binyamin Netanyahu recognized that the only way to get
the world to wake up to the Iranian nuclear threat was to convince them that
Israel itself would act if nothing happened.

This when Israeli ex-officials were doing everything in their power to tell
the world that Israel should not or could not act.

Frankly speaking, I first thought that the senior Israeli security officials
who were part of the intensive discussions and activities that took place as
part of this program understood this.

In retrospect it now appears that this was not the case.

Consider the officials who recently complained to reporters that in
preparing forces for an operation against Iran Israel could have cut corners
on expenditures since the preparations were only for show.

Dear reader: do you think that it would have been possible to cut corners
without American and other intelligence services noticing? If you realize
this, what does this tell you about the relative analytical skills of the
complaining officials?

Which brings us to another interesting question: when defense and
intelligence officials reportedly prevented the Netanyahu-Barak team from
putting the troops on a higher ready status were they simply playing out
their roles in a scripted drama or dangerously interfering with a critical
program?

One would like to think that these defense and intelligence officials
understood the situation. Unfortunately, given the poor track record of
defense and intelligence officials in policy making (supporting Oslo,
pushing for withdrawal from the Golan, etc.) the odds are good that the
latter is the case.

Binyamin Netanyahu would have deserved credit for his achievements even if
he had enjoyed the full support, cooperation and understanding of the
defense and intelligence officials.

That he managed to do so much despite the defense and intelligence officials
is a testament to his abilities and skills.

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(Mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
Tel 972-9-7604719/Fax 972-3-7255730
INTERNET ADDRESS: imra@netvision.net.il Website: http://www.imra.org.il

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