JERUSALEM — Shortly before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s highly anticipated and contentious speech to Congress, the Hebrew news site Ynet posted an old column written by him and published in its mother publication, the popular newspaper Yediot Aharonot, warning about the Iranian nuclear threat.
It was written in 1993, and Mr. Netanyahu wrote then that the current assessment was that Iran could have its first nuclear bomb by 1999.
On Wednesday, the day after his speech in Congress, in which Mr. Netanyahu challenged the efforts of President Obama and other world powers to reach what he called a “bad deal” to limit Iran’s nuclear activities, Israelis woke up to a familiar quandary.
With a little less than two weeks to go before the March 17 elections, in which Mr. Netanyahu is running for a historic fourth term, having first been elected in 1996, he is again staking his political future on the struggle against Iran’s nuclear quest.
For his supporters, he is playing his strong card as “Mr. Security,” presenting himself as the candidate who can best stand up to the threats facing Israel and to international pressure. But his opponents say he is continuing a campaign that is more than two decades old, based on scaring Israeli voters while offering few solutions that might give them hope.