Uniting Netanyahu and Lieberman
is bad enough. Combined with Uzi Arad's influence makes it combustible.
More on him below.
Netanyahu and Lieberman represent the worst of rogue Israeli leadership.
Both are out-of-control warmongers. They're also war criminals. They deserve
prison, not high office.
They deplore peace. They spurn democratic values. Why Israelis tolerate
them they'll have to explain. They should vote them out of office instead.
In January they'll have a chance. Don't bet they'll do the right thing.
Elections rarely resolve things. More often in recent decades they make
Haaretz expressed concern. An October 29 editorial headlined "Moment or
"A special responsibility lies on the shoulders of several major Likud
figures, members of the party's more moderate wing, most of whom have
been holding their peace. This is a test for those who are not part of
Israel's extreme right."
Uniting Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu "requires all of Israel's political
players to regroup and make some clear and binding statements to their
voters, right now."
It's time for center and left-leaning parties to unite against this lethal
combination. "It's time to act," said Haaretz. "Grumbling isn't enough
now. This is a test for those who are not part of Israel's extreme right.
This a moment of truth for Israeli politics."
Like America, Israel's been on a slippery slope to tyranny. Netanyahu
elevated the risk. Partnered with Lieberman shifts it higher. Arad's influence
makes regional or global catastrophe more likely.
In 2007, he and then opposition leader Netanyahu discussed Iran with Dick
Cheney. They argued for "sufficient punch" to stop its nuclear program.
They urged "crippling sanctions," especially against oil exports, combined
with "a clear and present credible military option that continuing the
program would not succeed because inevitably it will bring military action."
Much the same things are said today. Then and now, Arad remains hardline
in all respects. He opposes Palestinian self-determination. Gaining it
will compromise Greater Israel ambitions, he claims.
Earlier he said, "We want to relieve ourselves of the burden of Palestinian
populations, not the territories." Palestinians need "one man, one job,"
not "one man, one vote."
He advocates relocating many Palestinians to Sinai so Israel can more
easily have all valued West Banks areas Arab free. Like other Israeli
hardliners, he barely disguises his contempt for Islam.
He also founded the Herzliya Institute for Policy and Strategy. He established
and chaired is annual Conference Series on the Balance of Israel's National
It's the most important event on Israel's calendar. It attracts high-level
Israeli and US politicians, military officials and diplomats. Key domestic
and geopolitical security issues are featured. Views similar to Arad's
Previously he was Advisor to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
He was Founding Chairman of the Atlantic Forum of Israel. His Mossad career
spanned 20 years. It included serving as its intelligence chief.
He was also a staff member with the neoconservative Hudson Institute and
a Research Fellow at Tel Aviv University's Center for Strategic Studies.
He now teaches international strategy, Middle East politics and security,
and transatlantic affairs at Israel's Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy
He opposed Washington's 2003 Iraq war and Sharon's 2005 Gaza disengagement.
He urged prioritizing Iran.
Last June, the Jerusalem Post headlined "Uzi Arad: World at 'moment of
truth' on Iran," saying:
On the sidelines of the fifth International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing
Nuclear Catastrophe, he said, "The Iranians want to get rid of sanctions
against them, and the international community wants Iran to cease its
Events are now on a "collision path. Both sides have advanced. Iran advanced
its nuclear program, and the international community has increased sanctions."
Arad formerly was Netanyahu's national security adviser. He's Israel's
super-hawk. Some call him the nation's Dr. Strangelove. Stanley Kubrick's
film satirically depicted a deranged general's obsession to wage nuclear
With or without portfolio, Arad has Netanhayu's ear. Perhaps he has more
influence than anyone. He wants Iran's nuclear capability ended in any
He believes current sanctions are ineffective. Despite no evidence whatever
that Iran has nuclear weapons ambitions, he claims Tehran wants to acquire
Last July, Haaretz headlined "Israel's former national security adviser
warns against wasting time on Iran," saying:
Earlier it would have been easier to stop Tehran, he believes. Now it's
much harder. "It's a crying shame." He calls a nuclear Iran "akin to Auschwitz."
"The Iranian challenge is the supreme challenge." He believes America
is coming around to favor resolving it militarily. He believes the road
to Tehran runs through Washington.
"Itís clear that only the United States can ensure for the long-term that
Iran does not go nuclear. So it is obvious that our central objective
must be to achieve an unshakable American-Israeli partnership on the issue."
He believes dealing with Iran requires deterrence. America must take the
lead, he says. Unilateral Israeli action won't work. He stopped short
of revealing state secrets or Israel's chosen strategy.
At the same time, he wants Iran to halt all nuclear enrichment for starters.
He insists its entire nuclear capability must end.
Otherwise he calls attacking the Islamic Republic legitimate. He wants
America and NATO partners taking the lead.
Stopping Iran before it's too late is vital, he argues. He, Netanyahu,
Lieberman, and other Israeli hardliners obsessively crave regional dominance.
Claiming an Iranian nuclear threat is red herring cover to eliminate their
main regional rival.
Crippling Iranian oil exports and surgically striking Tehran's nuclear
facilities and military capability is his strategy of choice. He rejects
the notion that attacking Iran will embroil the entire region.
He's hardline and uncompromising. He believes attacking Iran is far less
risky than living with its "nuclear threat." He claims having these weapons
would "enhance the clout of a militant, extremist Islamic regime."
Arab states would want their own programs. Proliferation would make the
region nightmarish, he believes. Destroying Iran's nuclear program should
All means should be employed, he argues. It's vital to enhance Israel's
regional dominance, he claims. It may, in fact, hasten its demise.