July 21st, 2014
11:06 AM ET

Brzezinski: Netanyahu 'making a very serious mistake'

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Fareed speaks with former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski about Israel's military operation in Gaza.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on CNN told Wolf Blitzer that the invasion of Gaza was a strategy to demilitarize Gaza, explaining the use of force. But it has been quite a robust use of force…Do you think that it is going to succeed, the Israeli strategy?

No, I think he is making a very serious mistake. When Hamas in effect accepted the notion of participation in the Palestinian leadership, it in effect acknowledged the determination of that leadership to seek a peaceful solution with Israel. That was a real option. They should have persisted in that.

Instead Netanyahu launched the campaign of defamation against Hamas, seized on the killing of three innocent Israeli kids to immediately charge Hamas with having done it without any evidence, and has used that to stir up public opinion in Israel in order to justify this attack on Gaza, which is so lethal.

I think he is isolating Israel. He's endangering its longer-range future. And I think we ought to make it very clear that this is a course of action which we thoroughly disapprove and which we do not support and which may compel us and the rest of the international community to take some steps of legitimizing Palestinian aspirations perhaps in the U.N.

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  1. Bruce Milton

    Brezinski is way off base here. It is not about Netanyahu or mistakes. Hamas is a lethal force bent on the destruction of Israel. They fired thousands of rockets and built a vast array of tunnels with specific plans to kidnap Israelis. They kidnapped and killed 3 Israeli citizens and partied in the streets. There was no condemnation from Hamas, let alone cooperation, in finding the murderers. The first and foremost responsibility of any head of state is the protection of its citizens lives. As such, Netantahu had no choice but to damage Hamas' infrastrucure and neutralize their ability to kidnap and kill Israelis.

    September 6, 2014 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  2. Mad

    This is a distortion of the truth.Israel did not go to war against Hamas because of the death of the 3 teens but it was in response to the firing of Rockets over Israel by Hamas.The truth is Hamas hide behind civilians and use civilians homes and compounds like school to fire missiles into Israel and Israel has the right to defend itself.Period

    September 6, 2014 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  3. Lenny

    Spoken by the genius behind Jimmy Carter's brilliant foreign policy. Utter waste product.

    September 6, 2014 at 10:34 pm | Reply
    • Anton

      How many of our troopers died promoting the Bush foreign policy, compared to President Carter and Professor Brzezinski's.?

      September 6, 2014 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  4. Muhammad Ahmid

    Brezinski is a known anti semite and Jew hater. Even as a devout believer of Islam, it is difficult to read the lies he and President Carter, another transparent Jew hater and antisemite put out. They do not talk about Muslims killing more Muslims than Jews ever did in the history of the world...We Arabs are suffering from the mad and insane actions of fellow Muslims...We would much rather live and trust the Israelis. Every arab country kept us in refuge camps and denied us citizenship to make Israel look bad. Arab counties still torture my brothers and sisters. Over 70% of Palestinians still support Hamas who put rockets in our schools and hospitals. They are crazy just as Carter and Brezinski . When Jews were being killed in europe and placed into camps...other Jews didn't go o ut and kill innocent German children or shoot 10000 rockets into German cities like Hamas. Israael wants peace I know this. Only a tiny tiny tiny piece of land on the edge of the sea, smaller than New Jersey. and only 9 miles wide, is causing the hatred?????Are you kidding me ???Look at the animals in Syria, Iraq, Iran killing each other with chemicals, cutting off heads, putting bombs on animals children to blow up innocent people??Instead of building schools, hospitals and factories in Gaza they used the $ for only one stupid purpose...to destroy a little piece of land which does not belong to them to begin with

    September 6, 2014 at 11:50 pm | Reply
  5. Arshad

    As long as US Government Blindly keep providing Weapons, $3 Billion plus and all the political cover at the UN, it will never behave. Their supports basically control the media and the real story is never told. Al Jazeer America is probably one of the very few channels that actually tells the true story but unfortunately Zionist loby has made it very difficult to get than channel in the American living rooms. Israelis have become what the Jews escaped in Germany. Only thing missing in Gaza are the Gas Chambers.

    September 6, 2014 at 11:59 pm | Reply
  6. Irwin Graulich

    Take a look at the photo of Brezinski. That is the face of a true Nazi. I cannot wait to spit on his grave. And that monstrous daughter. What a frightening family.

    September 7, 2014 at 10:00 am | Reply
  7. AlbertTT

    11:06 AM ET


    Jimmy Carter said two weeks ago that the U.S. should recognize Hamas a the "legitimate" representative of the Palestinian people. Now comes Brzezinski passing himself as an intellectual criticizing Israel and its government. Brzezinski can not control his hatred for the fact that Jews will not lay down and die like they did in his native Poland. He is the engine that kept Jonathan Pollard in jail for longer than any spy in US history, including Soviet spies, Tell me that is not anti-Semitism. Brzezinski has become irrelevant and we should not pay attention to his hatred.

    September 7, 2014 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  8. AlbertT

    Jimmy Carter said two weeks ago that the U.S. should recognize Hamas and the "legitimate" representative of the Palestinian people. Now comes Brzezinski passing himself as an intellectual criticizing Israel and its government. Brzezinski can not hide his hatred for the fact that Jews will no longer lay down and die as they did in his native Poland. If a terrorist organization sends rockets into a country, the government of that country has the obligation to eliminate the threat to its people, period. Brzezinski has become irrelevant and Fareed Zakaria searched the bottom of the barrel when he invited Brzezinski to his program. Is Mr Zakaria running out of guests?

    September 7, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  9. Brudzio

    Albert, the Jews didn't die in Poland. They died on the German territory under socialist Hitler's government (an Austrian himself) and the death orders were written and spoken in German. There were no Poles in Hitler's government, as he hated and got Millions of them killed for ruining his plan to jointly attack and conquer the Soviet Union. Aushwitz Camp was build to annihilate Polish population. Don't you re-write history, OK?

    September 12, 2014 at 10:29 am | Reply
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  13. Gila

    Hamas never had any intention of make peace with Israel. Only a gullible person would believe that Hamas wants peace.

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