ستريت - 26/5/2007
رئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي
السابق والمستقبلي نتنياهو
يتحدث عن التهديدات التي تواجه
Dealing With Iran
former--and future?--prime minister talks about the
May 26, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT
the 57-year-old Mr. Netanyahu, there is a sort of grim
vindication in such attacks. He quit the government of
then-Prime Minister Ariel
years earlier, Ehud Barak, Mr. Netanyahu's successor as
prime minister, had similarly withdrawn from southern
Lebanon, creating a safe haven for Hezbollah, which has
periodically rocketed cities in Israel's north. In both
cases, Mr. Netanyahu says, Israel's leaders were
"captivated by a concept, and the concept was that
we purchase security from retreat, from
withdrawals--that is, that the way to stop the attacks
on us is to placate our enemies by unilaterally
withdrawing from territory under our control, thereby
robbing them of the pretext to attack us. In fact, this
was interpreted exactly in the opposite manner. . . .
It was interpreted not as a sign of strength but as a
show of weakness."
is not much difference" between Hezbollah and
Hamas, Mr. Netanyahu says. "They are both supported
to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat has proved a
Netanyahu proposes a third way. The Iranian regime, he
argues, is economically vulnerable. He is in America to
urge state and local pension funds to divest from
foreign companies that do business in Iran (U.S. law
already keeps American firms out).
could be very effective," he tells me,
Netanyahu believes Americans across the political
spectrum could unite behind the principle that "a
regime that promotes genocide cannot receive American
taxpayers' savings . . . through European
intermediaries." And the idea is catching on.
big prize, of course, is
Democrats seeking retreat from
ask Mr. Netanyahu if the
Mr. Netanyahu seems preoccupied with
sees al Qaeda as existing on a continuum with
he is careful to distinguish between "militant
Islam" and the broader Muslim population.
"Militant Islam condemns and intimidates and kills
Muslims before anyone else. That's what they're about.
The infidels are defined first as the renegades of
Islam--that is, Muslims who do not practice some . . .
pre-medieval religious creed that is hopelessly
antiquated for most Muslims and most Arabs."
of the militants' power to intimidate and the weak civic
institutions in Arab societies, Mr. Netanyahu is wary of
pushing those societies too quickly toward electoral
democracy. He thinks it was a mistake to allow Hamas to
compete in last year's Palestinian voting. "But I
think that one element that should be expedited as
rapidly as possible is the democratization of markets. I
think that expanding economic freedom is just as
important--in some cases more important--in moderating
societies than accelerated moves to political freedoms
without the proper democratic institutions."
ask if he can point to any positive examples in the Arab
world. "How about
the aftermath of last summer's war with Hezbollah,
public confidence in
a political comeback in his future? "I hope that we
can get to elections as soon as possible," he says.
"But that's a decision for 61 out of 120 Knesset
members to make, and they're not going to readily part
with their jobs."
Taranto is editor of OpinionJournal.com.
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