Saturday, January 12, 2013

Olmert: 'Netanyahu spent NIS 11 billion on adventurous fantasies' - Adventurous fantasies?

From Ha'aretz:

Former prime minister Ehud Olmert accused on Friday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of wasting NIS 11 billion on “adventurous fantasies.” In an interview on channel 2’s weekly magazine, Olmert estimated that the operations, for which the funds were allocated, were not carried out.
Israel's former prime minister also backed earlier accusations by Yuval Diskin, former head of Israel’s Shin Bet security services, concerning the conduct of Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak. He also said Barak was to blame for the Harpaz affair.
“In the last 2 years, 11 billion shekels were spent on operations which were not and will not be carried out. These figures go well beyond the multi-year budgets,” said Olmert. "We were told that 2012 was the decisive year. They managed to scare the entire world, but nothing was done in the end.” He further stated that there is a surplus in Israel's defense budget that should be cut, but no one is addressing this issue because of the upcoming election. 
The ex Shin Bet head Yuval Diskin in an interview with Yedioth Aharanoth  said that Netantahu was an unreliable leader 'possessed' by Iran.
The election battle in Israel has turned not only ugly but absurd.  The only other explanation is that it is meant as a stratagem to fool the Iranians.  For in my opinion if you are not really worried   i.e.  'possessed' by Iran being undeterred in launching a nuclear war to bring back the Mahdi, then you are just not sufficiently  informed. Surely Olmert and Diskin are sufficiently informed! But are they?
Could it be that the only difference between Netanyahu on the one hand and  Olmert and Diskin on the other, is the time Bernard Lewis spent explaining to Netanyahu what the Twelvers  believe in?  According to Ari Shavit
A few years ago Netanyahu held an in-depth discussion with Middle East expert Bernard Lewis. At the end of the talk he was convinced that if the ayatollahs obtained nuclear weapons, they would use them. Since that day, Netanyahu seems convinced that we are living out a rerun of the 1930s.
Could it be that the fate of this country and the world rests in the balance just because of ignorance?