The sky isn't falling: Why Benjamin Netanyahu has no credibility on the Iranian threat

The Israeli prime minister has been warning about an Iranian nuke for decades. There's no reason to believe him this time around.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the UN in 2012.
(Image credit: (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson))

Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will give a speech to a joint session of Congress, on invitation from House Speaker John Boehner. It is virtually certain he will argue that the Obama administration's ongoing negotiations with the Iranian government should be scrapped, and that more sanctions should be heaped on Iran, to prevent the theocratic regime from developing a nuclear weapon.

But there's more at work here than deterring Iran. Netanyahu is angling to win the upcoming Israeli general election, set for March 17th. If he can dynamite a potential Iran-U.S. rapprochement, demonstrating his boldness and mastery of U.S. politics, he very well might sweep to victory.

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