Remember George W. Bush's infamous "axis of evil" (Iraq, Iran, and North Korea) speech ? Bush's 2002 speech sought compare that trio of nations with the Axis of nations (Germany, Japan, Italy) that America fought in World War Two.
Now, per Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, there's a new "axis" (of evil) which includes not only Iran and Yemen but also the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, China, France, and Germany.
At a cabinet meeting last Sunday, Netanyahu referenced the P5+1 negotiations ongoing in Lausanne, Switzerland, to resolve the diplomatic impasse over Iran's nuclear program. "This agreement, as it appears, confirms all of our concerns and even more so," Netanyahu told his cabinet according to the Jerusalem Post.
Netanyahu went on to declare, "The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is very dangerous to humanity and it must be stopped !" To make sure the world got his point, Netanyahu fired off his dramatic declaration on Twitter.
In a March 30, 2015 commentary, Middle East expert Juan Cole charged Netanyahu with having "jumped the shark", explaining that, " 'To jump the shark' means to go so far as to become a self-parody that can no longer be taken seriously." Observed Cole,
"Netanyahu now cannot tell the difference between diplomats in pinstripes being stiff around the table in Switzerland and grassroots Shiite tribal forces asserting themselves in Yemen. He sees French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius as a Houthi tribesman, beturbanned and attended by goats. Even the idea that the Houthi movement in Yemen can be seen primarily as an Iranian project is a falsehood; it is a grassroots expression of frustration with governmental neglect. Netanyahu has started seeing Iran all around him, giving him nightmares, consuming his every waking moment."
In a responding tweet, the Director of Government Government Affairs for the liberal Jewish-American lobby J Street called upon the Anti Defamation League and AIPAC to condemn Netanyahu's claim that the US is part of an "axis" that poses a "danger to humanity".
this guy really is bat crap crazy, he's alienating any and everyone that's willing to side with him just goes to show right wing international is one in the same with American right wing. he is seeing allies as the enemy because they don't talk the Bomb Iran rhetoric right now immediately. he needs to be recalled before he is responsible for the desolation of Israel making enemies only emboldens Iran if they wanted to attack them and who is going to put their children and money up to help when he calls them evil axis against him that is the ravings of a mad man with nothing but saber waving and striking in his mind, he is an evil axis all by himself.