If you want to fit in with the anti – Israel gang , then you must remember this golden rule:
Do not ever take a statement by an Iranian politician, especially Rouhani at face value. Always analyze the reasons of what he said and why he said it. Always try to observe the domestic political atmosphere in Iran and see how it impacts the speeches made by various officials. See who their domestic audience is. What are their internal and external interests and how this impacted their statements, towards the West, Israel or whoever.
Thats great. There is nothing with that. Thats the proper way to work as an analyst.
But its the next part which I have observed over the last years which bothers me.
Do take everything Israeli politicians say, especially regarding Iran at face value. Don’t for a second try to see if politician X just made this statement because of his own domestic audience. Or because he is trying to get prepared for elections. No. Israel controls AIPAC. Israel controls the U.S foreign policy. Its Israel and AIPAC which are the biggest reasons why Iran and the U.S don’t have friendly relations. If it weren’t for Israel and AIPAC, Iran and the U.S would have normal, fully functioning diplomatic relations.
I am of course paraphrasing what I have heard many times over the years.
I am not a Netanyahu fan. In fact the opposite. I hope he is voted out of office tomorrow. But just you watch when he makes his U.N speech.
Those who bent over backwards to try and convince us that we should not take what Rouhani said at the U.N at face value, will take everything Netanyahu says at face value. As if there is no domestic politics here in Israel. As if as bad as Netanyahu is, he does not have rivals. And believe me, even if there was another leader in Israel, you are very likely to see the same behaviour. I saw it when Olmert and Ariel Sharon were prime ministers as well.
Now if you want to belong to the anti- Iran gang then do the exact opposite. And I have seen that too, and keep seeing it.
Washington is not short of people or advocacy groups who think along these lines.