I just spoke on the phone to a friend from my AIPAC days. I had called to ask how Netanyahu and AIPAC will respond to the Iran breakthrough.
She asked me for my prediction. I said I thought they had no choice but to claim victory. I said that they can just say that the sanctions invented by AIPAC inflicted so much pain on Iran that it surrendered.
She laughed: “Well, it’s obvious you don’t talk to them anymore. They are going to war over this issue. Netanyahu does not care about 90% enrichment or 5% enrichment. He wants to replace the Iranian government with one that the United States and Israel can control. An Iran on good terms with the United States is Netanyahu’s worst nightmare because it is an Iran that challenges Israel as the regional superpower.”
She went on to say that she thought that AIPAC/Netanyahu was going to do everything possible to sink any possibility of an agreement.
“Watch the Sunday shows. Mc Cain or Graham or Menendez, whoever, will be on yelling that Iran cannot be trusted. The media will repeat the same line. You don’t understand. For Israel, crushing Iran is the #1 priority. Your idea that Netanyahu can just claim victory makes sense, but only if you think that this is about nuclear weapons. It isn’t. It is about Israel’s regional hegemony. They will fight like hell..”
I suppose she is right. Get ready. This will get ugly. AIPAC/Netanyahu vs the US National Interest. Up front and out there.