Amid his warnings on Iran nuclear program, Netanyahu says he's less isolated than Churchill, Herzl

NYTimes interview says PM has little faith in allies.

October 12, 2013 12:15
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu arrives at the weekly cabinet meeting, September 17, 2013.

Netanyahu looking serious 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

In the midst of what many see as warming diplomatic ties between Iran and the West, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu continues to warn the world on the dangers of a nuclear Iran and told the New York Times in an interview published on Friday that he would not let the Islamic Republic have nuclear weapons.

During the interview Netanyahu reportedly pointed to two photos above his desk in his Jerusalem office, one of the British WWII leader Sir Winston Churchill and the  founding father of Zionism, Theodor Herzl and said: "They were alone a lot more than I am."  

Prior to the meeting set for next week between the six world powers and Iran on its nuclear program the Times interviewer described Netanyahu as sometimes coming off "sounding shrill", being "increasingly alone abroad and at home," and being at risk of "seeming frozen in the past amid a shifting geopolitical landscape."

"Netanyahu is most comfortable predicting disaster, scaring people into doing something," the Times quoted Mitchell Barak, a political consultant who worked with Netanyahu in the 1990s.

"The problem is now he's lost momentum. His message is clear, his message is the same, the situation is the same, but everyone else's perspective has changed," Barak added.

The Times interviewer wrote that "such isolation is hardly new to a man with few personal friends and little faith in allies."

After his US media blitz Netanyahu flooded the European media over the past few days with interviews trying to sway public opinion against easing sanctions on Iran in return for what Jerusalem views as cosmetic concessions.

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