JIM CREES: Go rogue? Please, no!

You gotta love ‘em. Those guys in Washington!!! They simply fell in love with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu.

They fell all over themselves welcoming him to Washington to discuss what everyone seems to be calling “The Iranian Crisis.” He was quite the “rock star.”

The GOP congressmen treated Bibi as if they had a crush on the guy. They LOVED what he had to say about Iran and the nuclear potential that country has. The reception was mildly embarrassing.

It’s interesting. My 99-year old father-in-law in Israel poetically refers to Bibi in Hebrew as “Node Nefuach” — an “inflated fart,” but folks in Washington (at least those of the Republican persuasion) found Bibi to be “a man’s man.”

Then, carrying on the romance, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) suggested last week that Israel, with Bibi at the helm, should “go rogue” — that is to say, bomb the smiles off the Iranians’ faces.

“The Israelis will need to chart their own path of resistance,” he declared. “On the Iranian nuclear deal, they may have to go rogue. Let’s hope their warnings have not been mere bluffs. Israel survived its first 19 years without meaningful U.S. patronage. For now, all it has to do is get through the next 22, admittedly long, months.”

OK. Fine. Problem is ...

What folks around the U.S. don’t grasp is that despite the fact Netanyahu got a majority of the voting in a very contentious election, he still does not have the support of some very, Very, VERY important people in Israeli society.

And what many Americans simply don’t understand is Netanyahu is a liar — a Dick Cheney level liar.

Bibi has been caught lying again ... and again ... and again ... with regard to policies in the occupied territories and in comments about Iran and its supposed nuclear capability. He’s been caught by his own people, but here in the U.S. he remains “a man’s man.”

Bibi’s posturings are so misleading and even dangerous, his own military establishment finally had to speak out. Not a bunch of bleeding-heart liberal journalists. Nail-hard military leaders have joined together in Israel to warn of Bibi’s errant policies for that country.

Two hundred veterans of the Israeli military and security services formed a group called Commanders for Israel’s Security over the past year and suggested Netanyahu is, simply put, “a danger to Israel.”

The group publicly expressed concerns that Netanyahu’s waltzing with U.S. lawmakers was seriously damaging Israel’s historic relationship with the U.S.

At least a dozen military commanders — all with the rank of general or higher — begged Netanyahu not to address Congress last month.

But he knew better, and while his visit certainly wasn’t welcomed at home, Republican legislators warmly welcomed the Prime Minister to Capital Hill.

The military leaders’ concern about Bibi’s action is pretty astounding in Israel, where the military establishment generally keeps pretty quiet about everything.

The 200 commanders worried about Netanyahu and his policies are not low-level officers, they all are Brigadier General or higher! They are very, very well known in Israel.

General Amnon Reshef was a field commander in the 1973 Yom Kippur War and later, in 1979, became the commander of Israel’s highly vaunted armored corps. He is worried the Prime Minister is not listening to anyone when it comes to planning and policy.

“We are experts with more than 6,000 years of security experience between us,” said Reshef in a recent interview. “It is time the prime minister listened to us before he wrecks our strategic interests with our closest ally.”

Possibly most damaging, or at least painful, is the fact that Amiran Levin — a commanding officer of Netanyahu’s own unit in the military, the hyper-elite Sayeret Matkal commando team — has spoken out openly against the Prime Minister.

Former commanders of Israel’s security services — both the legendary Mossad and the Shin Bet — have expressed open distrust of the Prime Minister.

But in Washington, he is toasted as the new messiah.

Meir Dagan, former head of the Mossad, said Netanyahu was taking “intolerable risks” with the nation’s security.

Then ... in a document passed between Israel and South Africa it became crystal clear Netanyahu lied to both the U.S. and the U.N. about the Mossad’s analysis of Iran’s nuclear capability.

But Netanyahu warned and continues to warn the U.S. that according to his intelligence sources Iran is just one year ... a few months ... weeks or days ... minutes away from building a nuclear bomb.

With regard to Netanyahu’s policies closer to home, Gen. Reshef despaired of the Prime Minister’s approach to the Palestinian issue saying, “We can’t keep waging a war every couple of years in Gaza or with our neighbours.”

And this from no shrinking violet peacenik, but rather a recognized military hero.

Netanyahu is a liar — at home and abroad.

But only fools such as John McCain and the Republican leadership continue to believe him.

Go rogue??? Please God, no!