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Four lessons that Netanyahu must learn from his failed strategies

Throughout this past Jewish calendar year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's strategic failures have rendered Israel more isolated in the diplomatic arena and more fragile in terms of deterrence, while the political echelon blames the media for it all.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points to a red line he has drawn on a graphic of a bomb used to represent Iran's nuclear program as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 27, 2012. The red line he drew represents a point where he believes, the international community should tell Iran that they will not be allowed to pass without intervention. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR38I72

The year 5775 on the Jewish calendar will go on record as one of the toughest in the annals of the State of Israel, the year in which the world once again abandoned the Jewish nation to its fate. The leaders of the world’s greatest powers, led by the president of the United States, signed an agreement paving the way for an enemy state, one intent on the destruction of the Jewish state, to acquire an arsenal of mass destruction. The underwriter for this sad diagnosis and apocalyptic prognosis is Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The nuclear agreement and the lifting of sanctions against Iran are highly unlikely to enable it to manufacture a nuclear bomb, but the Vienna agreement signed on the 27th day of the Jewish month of Tamuz (July 14) is nonetheless marked on the calendar in bold letters as a black day for Israel’s defense and diplomacy strategy under Netanyahu’s leadership. This was one of the worst years ever for Israeli deterrence and international standing.

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