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Netanyahu, in damage control mode, enlists JFK and American football in calling for 'red lines' on Iran
Telling comment by columnist Jeffrey Goldberg
on NBC: I have never seen an Israeli PM who has so mismanaged Israeli-US
In an attempt to mitigate some of the damage caused by his harsh
statements last week, Netanyahu appeared on CNN and on NBC’s Meet the
Press on Sunday and successfully avoided making any statement that might
be construed as endorsing Mitt Romney. He may also have set up the
ladder that will allow him to climb down from his demand for US action
before the upcoming elections by stating that Iran will have 90% of the
material needed for a nuclear bomb – but only in six months’ time. In
fact, when drawing on football terms with which his American audience is
familiar, as is his wont, Netanyahu actually appeared to be inching
closer to Obama’s own positions, saying that the Iranians are now in a
“red zone”, 20 yards from the “red line”, but must not be allowed to
score “a touchdown”, that is acquiring a nuclear weapon.