Muy interesante este post de Juan Cole sobre la reunión que ayer mantuvieron en Washington Barack Obama y el primer ministro de Israel, Bibi Netanyahu, a quien Bill Clinton calificó en su día como “el tipo más desagradable” con quien se había encontrado. Bueno, en realidad no empleó el calificativo de desagradable sino una frase contundente de de tres palabras.
Cole ha titulado su análisis: Obama-Netanyahu meet produces few results:
The Obama-Netanyahu talks were clearly a train wreck for Israel’s far rightwing Likud Party. The talks went on nearly twice as long as scheduled, suggesting a lot of bumps in the road. The two seemed to me stiff in their body language afterward, and they clearly did not agree on virtually anything important. Both finessed the disagreement by appealing to vague generalities and invoking the long term. Obama wants to negotiate with Iran regarding its civilian nuclear enrichment research program, but stressed that his patience is not infinite. Netanyahu, of course, wants military action against Iran on a short timetable.
Netanyahu’s hysteria about Iran is a piece of misdirection intended to sidestep the issue of Israel’s own nuclear arsenal. Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty, and allows regular inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency, even if the latter is not completely satisfied with Iran’s transparency. Israel just thumbed its nose at the NPT. Israel would only have the moral high ground in demanding that Iran cease enrichment research if it gave up its own some 150 warheads.
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