Full Comment’s Araminta Wordsworth brings you a daily round-up of quality punditry from across the globe. Today: Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean you’re mistaken about your enemies.
That could be the argument of Benjamin Netanyahu. In speech after speech, he’s warned about the threat posed by Iran. The Israeli prime minister never believed it changed its spots, with the election of President Hassan Rouhani, and was ready to be friends with the Jewish state.
The installation of a “moderate” didn’t mean a change in policy, he argued, even while Tehran started negotiations over its nuclear program after years of stonewalling. Israel was still threatened.
Events have proved Netanyahu right. Wednesday, the Israeli Defense Forces found long-range missiles on a vessel in the Red Sea. The Syrian-manufactured armaments were reportedly destined for Israel’s arch-enemy, Hamas, in the Gaza Strip, with Iran, Iraq and Syria as enablers.
The circuitous route taken by the advanced M-302 surface-to-surface missiles — and the layers of obfuscation — indicate the clandestine nature of the operation. And no one should be surprised by the main players, a coalition of Israel’s enemies on the region.
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