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After the passing of another leader Shimon Peres, we learn that collective fears regarding the sanity of Netanyahu were certainly warranted as Peres revealed how he talked-down Netanyahu who was hell-bent on attacking Iran – and starting WWIII in the process.
Over the years, many have speculated about the mental state of Israeli leader Binyamin ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu with some hinting at a visible psychopathy, and disturbing self-centered yet unstable nature.
According to a psychological profile devised by Shaul Kimhi for a report entitled, “Profiling Political Leaders: Cross-Cultural Studies of Personality and Behavior,” Netanyahu exhibits a number worrisome tendencies:
“Netanyahu sees the game of politics as governed by the “laws of the jungle,” where the strong survive and the weak fall by the wayside. To him, achievement of the goal justifies any political means (Sheory, 1985). This approach is manifested in both Netanyahu’s behavior and his statements.”
“His dominance and manipulation stem from cold, rational calculation, directed solely at achieving goals at any cost.”
In addition, Netanyahu seems to find comfort in seeking out conflict with others:
“Another of Netanyahu’s distinguishing traits is his suspicious nature (Benziman, 1997a). This suspicion that “the entire world is against him” is accompanied by feelings of victimization.”
“From his behavior and speeches, it seems that it is precisely when he is under attack that he feels most at home. Apparently, feelings of victimization mobilize his inner resources enabling him to fight and win in an effort to “show them” (Kim, 1997b).”
For many, he represents the sum of all fears…
In a statement that was not to be made public until his death, the former Israeli President told Jerusalem Post he stopped PM Benjamin Netanyahu from a “catastrophic” military strike against Iran, at the time the world leaders were engaged in nuclear deal talks.
Israel has been the most ardent critic of Iran’s nuclear program for decades, viewing Tehran’s progress in this sphere as a direct threat to Israel and regional security. For years the country has resisted the P5+1 negotiations on Iran’s nuclear future.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s cartoon of a nuclear bomb which he presented to the UN General Assembly in September 2012 certainly grabbed the world’s attention. Having incessantly talked about “red lines” for Iran’s nuclear development, four years ago he literally drew one across the bomb to illustrate the point at which the international community should take decisive action. Netanyahu set his literal red line at the 90 percent threshold of uranium enrichment.
Up until P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, plus Germany) announced the agreement with Iran in July 2015, to limit the country’s nuclear development in exchange for sanction relief, Israel was threatening to take unilateral action against Tehran.
A day after the funeral of Shimon Peres, Jerusalem Post published the former president’s revelation which was shared with the publication two years ago, revealing that he was solemnly responsible for stopping Netanyahu’s plan. With this revelation, it seems that plans to attack Iran at the time were not just empty threats.
The conversation between Peres and Jerusalem Post Managing Editor David Brinn took place at the Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa on August 24, 2014. During the exchange, Brinn asked Peres what he would consider the greatest achievement of his presidency (2007-2014), to which the elderly president responded by saying that he had personally intervened to stop Netanyahu from attacking Iran’s nuclear sites.
Brinn, in a JP article, published some notes from that conversation, which quoted Peres as saying:“I stopped Netanyahu from attacking Iran.”
“I don’t want to go into details, but I can tell you that he was ready to launch an attack and I stopped him. I told him the consequences would be catastrophic,” Peres was quoted as saying.
When asked by the publication if they have his permission to report on the claim, Peres replied: “When I’m dead.”
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