Fighting windmills?

The two events could hardly be more dissimilar, as different as day from night, heaven from earth: the nuclear deal with Iran agreed upon in Vienna on Tuesday, and furious haredi battles against alleged grave desecration in Jerusalem in the early 1990s.

Yet those haredi demonstrations came to mind while listening on Wednesday as National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz explained to foreign reporters why Israel continues to rail against the Iranian agreement even after its oft-heard arguments were not heeded, and the accord was signed.

Steinitz – reminded that it is very unlikely that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would win a battle in Congress with US President Barack Obama to scuttle the deal – replied that Israel has the “right and duty to speak up.” He then likened Israel to the little boy in Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”


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