In this essay, we will examine the unforeseen outcomes of Netanyahu’s efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear capabilities, leading to unintended consequences within Israel. Despite his aim to safeguard his country and establish a positive reputation, Netanyahu’s actions have inadvertently contributed to the creation of a regime in Israel that possesses the very nuclear capabilities he sought to prevent in Iran.
The Divided State: A Reflection of Regional Norms and Extremist Ideologies:
The ongoing political crisis in Israel reflects the country’s adherence to regional norms, driven by extremist ideologies and narrow political interests. This internal division within Israel mirrors the divisions observed along its borders, albeit with varying circumstances. The region has become a hotbed of sharp divisions, exacerbating the challenges faced by Israel.
Erosion of Democratic Values: Impact on Israel’s Image:
Furthermore, Netanyahu’s recent attempts to curtail the power of the judiciary in a nation without a written constitution are causing significant damage to Israel’s democratic image. Despite the West’s praise of Israel as a democratic state, these actions undermine the principles of democracy, particularly considering Israel’s activities in the occupied territories. This erosion of democratic values poses a significant blow to Israel’s reputation, calling into question its commitment to the ideals that the West holds dear.
Weakening Washington’s Stance on Extremism:
Consequently, the actions of Netanyahu’s government in Israel have weakened Washington’s ability to criticize other governments for extremist behavior. The United States, witnessing the actions of extremists within Israel, finds itself in a compromised position to condemn similar conduct elsewhere. This highlights the complexity and challenges faced by the international community in addressing extremism and maintaining a consistent stance on democratic values.
In conclusion, Netanyahu’s actions aimed at preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear capabilities have led to unintended consequences within Israel. The political crisis, fragmentation, erosion of democratic values, and compromised international stance exemplify the challenges faced by Israel and the broader international community. It serves as a reminder that diplomatic efforts and strategic decisions can present unexpected outcomes, underscoring the importance of carefully considering the long-term effects of policy choices
Dr. Turki Faisal Al Rasheed