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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to the U.N. General Assembly Monday may go down as a sign of how badly out of touch he is with the rest of the world; and of how the traditional Zionist use of scare tactics to maintain virtually absolute American support for any Israeli action is wearing thin.Netanyahu's two principal points were that Hamas, Iran and ISIS come from the same roots and have similarly dangerous and predatory global aims; and that it is foolhardy for the United States and other Western powers to negotiate an agreement with Iran over nuclear issues leading to a lifting of sanctions. Indeed, Iran, Hamas and ISIS all claim to act on the basis of religious principles, even dictates, but they operate in three very different universes that Netanyahu conflates into one.Netanyahu's claim that Iran is the greatest threat to world peace should be viewed in the context of the most recent Win/Gallup International Global Survey of 65 countries that identified the world's most dangerous threat to world peace as the United States (24 percent), followed by Pakistan (8 percent), China (6 percent), North Korea, and then Israel and Iran (5 percent).
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