Executive Intelligence Review


Netanyahu Launches Third British War Hoax Since March 1

April 30, 2018 (EIRNS)—Since Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 1 showed on national television that the NATO “anti-missile missile” encirclement of Russia (and China) had failed due to new-generation hypersonic weapons, and called for negotiations instead, devotees of British geopolitics have become deranged. In the United States, some neo-cons have demanded consideration of provoking a war with China now, since in 10 years it won’t be “winnable.” In the U.K., the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) has called for a new, Commonwealth-centered military alliance “of the willing” against Russia to supersede NATO.

And since March 1, two successive British confrontations with Russia—first over the Skripal “poisoning on British soil,” and then the “Syrian chemical weapons attack” in Douma—have looked more and more like war hoaxes, recalling Tony Blair’s “dodgy dossier” which unleashed the 2003 Iraq invasion.

Over this past weekend, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stepped up with a third. Dramatically cancelling a holiday speech on Israeli television, Netanyahu instead announced to the world that Israeli intelligence had stolen “100,000 secret files, half a ton of files” from Iran. These proved, he said, that Iran had a nuclear weapons program and lied about it, before signing the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with the five UN Security Council permanent members plus Germany, which blocked it from nuclear weapons.

Quite amazingly, Israel had, Netanyahu said, just obtained this information within the past 10 days, with just 10 more to go in which President Donald Trump must decide whether to withdraw from this agreement! He had briefed Trump on April 28, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on April 29, and European officials on April 30, 2018; now, the “incriminating documents, charts, presentations, blueprints, and photos” were in a “very safe place.”

Netanyahu did not appear to make a case that Iran was violating the JCPOA, in making his demand to abandon it. Rather, he said he was proving that Iran had lied prior to the JCPOA—it could be said, much as Israel lied for years, and still does, about the many deliverable nuclear weapons it has.

But clearly his purpose was to create an atmosphere for war against Iran, particularly in Syria, while wrecking the JCPOA. Only hours earlier, nine missiles of still-undetermined origin had hit two bases in central Syria that Israel says are being used by Iranian irregular forces.

The threat of a proxy war, really pitting Britain and France against Russia and pulling Trump’s United States in, has been raised.