What did Israel’s Prime Minister mean by his statement about the Iranian threat “To our world”?
Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel could act against Iran itself, not just its allies in the Middle East, after border incidents in Syria brought the Middle East foes closer to direct confrontation.
In his first address to the annual Munich Security Conference he said, Iranian aggression “is in my judgment the greatest threat to our world”.
Now, some people might go into a screaming panic about potential Armageddon. Others might be inclined to debate the seriousness of Iran’s potential threat.
I was rather more inclined to meditate on the myriad potential meanings of Netenyahu’s statement.
“..the greatest threat to our world”.
So, did he mean “our” world inclusively? Your world and mine: The planet we all share together. Innuits, Amazon Indians, Kalahari Bushmen and folk of every race, colour and creed?
Or, did he mean something more exclusive? Perhaps he meant “Our” world as in The State of Israel?
Or perhaps he meant “our world” as in “Israel owns the world”?
Or perhaps he even meant a small select few Elites of which he is a member?
Interesting, then, that several news outlets have changed the wording of the quote from “OUR world” to “THE world”.
“Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, has labelled Iran “the greatest threat to the world” in his address to the Munich Security Conference in Germany.”